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By LARRY GOFFINET
CAMPBELLSBURG—Perry Central amassed only 184 yards of total offense but used some big plays on defense and special teams to beat West Washington 27-6 in PLAC football Friday and Saturday.
The Commodores had only two plays longer than 10 yards and both came on their first drive--a 13-yard pass from Dacota Schaad to Ryan Aders and an 18-yard touchdown run by Austin LeClere.
They didn’t need long plays on their next possession, though, as it started after Nathan Shaw returned a West Washington punt 37 yards to the Senators’ 30-yard line.
Fullback Mason Krygielka ran for gains of 10 and 9 yards on the ensuing drive, which LeClere capped with a 4-yard touchdown run.
LeClere’s second extra-point kick put the Commodores up 14-0 with 11:00 left in the second quarter.
That was still the score 5:09 later when the rest of the game was postponed to Saturday due to lightning.
Both offenses started flat Saturday. But Perry Central’s defense scored the next touchdown. Shaw intercepted a pass and returned it 41 yards for the score with 1:02 left in the third quarter.
The Commodores’ defense set up their final touchdown, as Tim Harrison recovered a West Washington fumble at the Senators’ 1-yard line.
LeClere scored the final touchdown on the next play.
Perry Central needed that touchdown to clinch the game, as West Washington had scored on an 8-yard pass from Cody Maudlin to Matt Brackney early in the fourth quarter.
It was set up by Chad Thompson’s intercepting a Perry Central pass and returning it to the Commodores’ 9-yard line.
Besides the two defensive plays that led to Perry Central touchdowns, the Commodores also had an interception by Schaad and sacks by Krygielka and Spencer Wright that helped them keep good field position most of the game.
“I thought our defense played very well overall,” said Perry Central Coach Greg Gibson. “We played against a team that had been scoring a lot of points (the Senators scored 42 in one game and 38 in another) and held them to six points.
“I thought Spencer Wright played a whale of game both ways. Defensively he’s really come into his own this year. He’s strong and he has really quick feet.”
LeClere led Perry Central rushers with 29 carries for 76 yards, his lowest total of the season.
He had some success with runs on option pitches from Schaad in the first half, including his 18-yard touchdown run.
The Commodores hadn’t used that play much before this game, but “we’ve worked on it since training camp,” said Gibson.
It could keep opponents from keying on LeClere, as Schaad is also quick enough to be a threat to keep the ball for a nice gain. “They (opponents) have got to play responsibilities,” said Gibson.
Perry Central improved to 3-1 overall, 2-0 in the PLAC. West Washington fell to 2-2 overall, 1-1 in the conference.
The Commodores will host Tell City Friday at 7 p.m.