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LEOPOLD—Perry Central stopped Springs Valley’s running game and Springs Valley couldn’t stop Perry Central’s running in PLAC football Saturday. The result was a 47-7 win for the Commodores that really wasn’t that close.
Perry Central jumped to a 28-0 lead in the first 10 minutes.
The Commodores led 41-0 after T.J. Hall ran 8 yards for a touchdown with 1:49 left in the third quarter.
At that point Perry Central had rushed 32 times for 174 yards while Springs Valley had carried the ball 16 times for a net of 4 yards and had gained only one first down.
“I thought our defensive line played well and our two inside linebackers (Hall and Mikey Wilkerson) both played well,” said Perry Central Coach Mike Spencer.
The Blackhawks had smaller backs and for the most part smaller linemen than Perry Central, but they tried to run up the middle most of the time.
“I think because of the field conditions (still wet and muddy from Friday’s rains) they wanted to stay with that power-I formation,” said Spencer.
After the Commodores put several younger reserves in the game, the Blackhawks finally reeled off a big play in the last minute of the third quarter.
Jesse Smith cut outside and ran 40 yards down the right sideline for a first down at the Perry Central 25-yard line.
That set up the Blackhawks’ only touchdown, which came on a 9-yard pass from Daniel Mills to Luke Johnson with 8:44 left in the game.
Dee Jay Shaw and Mikey Wilkerson were responsible for most of Perry Central’s early scoring.
Shaw scored two touchdowns on quarterback sneaks of 1 and 2 yards, his only rushing attempts of the game.
He was also a perfect 6 for 6 passing for 97 yards. He threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Harpenau with 10:49 left in the second quarter.
Wilkerson scored on runs of 31 and 18 yards.
He rushed for 121 yards on 19 carries in three quarters of action. Hall added 82 yards on 13 carries.
Hall was 5 for 5 on extra-point kicks.
The Commodores failed on a run on another extra-point attempt. It was supposed to be a kick but the holder decided to try to run after a high snap.
The Commodores did not attempt an extra point after their final touchdown, which Dakota Huff scored on a 37-yard interception return as time expired.
Perry Central, ranked third in the state in both Class A polls, improved to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the PLAC.
Springs Valley fell to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
The Commodores will host Paoli, ranked third in the Class 2A state coaches poll, Friday at 7 p.m.