PC rushers pummel Springs Valley

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By Larry Goffinet

LEOPOLD - Perry Central scored on its first 10 possessions to crush Springs Valley 68-0 in PLAC football Friday.

The Commodores built a 54-0 halftime lead over the winless Blackhawks.

The entire second half was played with a constantly running clock.

The only time the Commodores did not score was on their last possession, when they took a knee three times to run out the clock.

They did most of their damage on the ground. Quarterback Austin Hauser threw only two passes and completed one.

That one, to Clint Schank in the first quarter, did go for 64 yards to set up a touchdown.

Springs Valley defenders couldn't stop Perry Central's running game, though. The Commodores rushed for 344 yards on 37 attempts, an average of 9.3 yards per carry.

And it wasn't a one-man show. Seven different backs scored touchdowns for the Commodores.

T.J. Hall led the way with three touchdowns on runs of 66, 10 and 7 yards.

Hall is generally considered quick for the first 10 yards or so but not a long breakaway threat.

But as he scored the game's first touchdown on the 66-yard run "he actually did outrun everyone on the field," said Perry Central assistant coach Ron Gibson. "And it looked like a couple of guys had the angle to catch him."

Hall also kicked eight extra points - one short of Eddie Cronin's single-game school record - as he scored 26 points to increase his state leading scoring total to 159 points for the season.

He rushed for 111 yards on just six carries.

Reserve Samson Benjamin added 69 yards on four carries and scored two touchdowns, including one on a 25-yard run.

"He ran the ball really well - he ran it hard," said Gibson.

Fullback Ryan Hanan added 48 yards on two carries and Mikey Wilkerson gained 37 yards on five carries.

They each scored one touchdown, as did Hauser, Eli Claise and Brandon Howell.

The Blackhawks, meanwhile, could never get their offense started.

Their longest run was 8 yards and they gained just two first downs.

"In fairness to them, they've struggled all year with injuries," said Gibson. "They lost four starters early in the season and their starting quarterback broke a hand in practice this week."

Their new quarterback had two passes intercepted, by B.J. Farmer and Dakota Huff.

Huff made a diving one-handed catch of his after Ethan Wheatley had tipped it.

Tyler Sitzman recovered a fumble as the Commodores forced three turnovers.

Hanan led Perry Central defenders in tackles with six. Robbie Piper and Jake Paulin each added five.

Perry Central raised its record to 8-0 overall, 4-0 in the PLAC. Springs Valley fell to 0-5 in the conference.

The Commodores will visit Paoli Friday at 7 p.m. for a game that will decide the conference title, as Paoli is also 4-0 in the conference.