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MARENGO—Perry Central’s football team is known for a lot of power running up the middle but proved Friday it can work with whatever the defense gives it.
The Commodores used a lot of passing and outside runnig early to build a lead en route to crushing Crawford County 48-12.
Dee Jay Shaw threw 14-yard passes to Dane Ransom and D.J. Newton on the Commodores’ first drive.
The Commodores threw on four of eight plays on that possession, including once on first down.
T.J. Hall also ran a sweep for 15 yards on that drive.
Perry Central Coach Mike Spencer said the Commodores used several outside runs in the first half because “they were trying to take away some things inside.”
The Commodores did not score on that drive, as they were forced to punt after a nice pass was dropped on third down. But they had established the tone for the game.
Spencer said he decided to establish the pass early because “they stuck so many people up there and we got the matchups we wanted. I thought Dee Jay threw the ball well. I really think he’s catching onto a lot of things well.”
Shaw’s only pass that Spencer thought was poorly placed came on the Commodores’ next possession.
It was intercepted and led to a 6-yard touchdown run by bruising Wolfpack fullback Andrew Douglas.
The Commodores came back with an eight-play touchdown drive to tie the game 6-6. T.J. Hall scored the touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Crawford County gained one first down on its next possession but then had to punt, thanks to Blaine Persinger’s sacking the quarterback on third down.
Wolfpack sophomore quarterback Isaac Bowles completed 8 of 19 passes for 96 yards. But the Commodores put strong pressure on him most of the night.
They sacked him three times—twice by Persinger and once by Mikey Wilkerson. They also forced several hurried passes, including two that were intercepted by Andrew Harpenau and Wilkerson.
The Wolfpack’s low punts had little hang time so they were not able to get their defense in position to stop long returns by the Commodores.
Wilkerson returned the punt after Persinger’s first sack 21 yards to the Crawford County 44-yard line.
That set up a 4-yard, go-ahead touchdown run by Wilkerson four plays later.
Since the Commodores’ first extra-point-kick attempt had been blocked, they went for a two-point conversion this time. Shaw scored it on a run to the left corner, putting the Commodores up 14-6 with 3:19 left in the first half.
Shaw threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kegan Hubert on the Commodores’ next possession.
Wilkerson, Hall and Dakota Huff each scored rushing touchdowns for the Commodores in the second half.
Wilkerson also returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown.
Crawford County scored its second touchdown with 45 seconds left in the game against Perry Central reserves.
Hall led Perry Central rushers with 133 yards on 19 carries. Wilkerson added 65 yards on 12 carries and Huff gained 63 yards on five carries.
Perry Central improved to 3-0 overall, 1-0 in the PLAC. Crawford County fell to 0-3, 0-2 in the conference.
The Commodores will host West Washington for homecoming Friday at 7 p.m.