PERRY TOWNSHIP – Quick scoring drives and big plays were the theme for Perry in Friday’s Northwest Central Conference opener against visiting Hardin Northern.
Perry rolled up 52 first-half points on just 17 plays to set the tone for a 75-13 whitewashing of Hardin Northern at Bob Lee Stadium.
For the game, Perry recorded 424 total offensive yards. Most of Perry’s scores were the result of big plays.
With the win, Perry improves to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the NWCC. Hardin Northern slips to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
“We did a pretty good job,” Perry coach Dan Baker said. ”Our offense did a great job. Our defense did a great job. The kids executed all over the field. We bounced back pretty well from last week (loss to Spencerville). It was good to see that.”
It didn’t take long for the Commodores to set the tone against the Polar Bears.
Perry cashed in after Hardin Northern’s first possession of the game. After the Polar Bears were forced to punt, the Commodores went 41 yards on three plays for the first score of the game. Nylan Cannon (4 rushes, 60 yards) capped off the drive with a 1-yard TD run. With the two-point conversion, Perry led 8-0 less than three minutes into the game. Shane Overly (7 rushes, 85 yards) had two carries for 40 yards in that first scoring drive for the Commodores.
Perry scored once again in the first quarter.
The Commodores traveled 26 yards in just two plays. Cannon ran it in from 15 yards away, and with the extra point by Chazz Jackson, Perry led 15-0.
Perry quarterback Louis Hoersten was on target with his first pass of the night. The senior signal-caller found Overly open for a 37-yard TD pass. With the two-point conversion, Perry’s lead grew to 23-0 with less than three minutes to play in the opening quarter.
Hoersten ended the night 3 of 5 passing for 117 yards and two TDs in his two quarters of action behind center. Hoersten also rushed for 42 yards.
Perry took a 30-0 lead with 1:03 left in the first quarter on a 95-yard interception return for a TD by Devarus Glenn. That score held up to the end of the first quarter.
Hardin Northern finally got on the scoreboard early into the second quarter. Quarterback Owen Wetherill (13 rushes, 66 yards) ran it in from 12 yards out to cut the deficit to 30-7.
The ball bounced in Perry’s favor all night long.
With 8:45 left in the first half, Hoersten picked up a bad snap from center and scampered 27 yards for paydirt. The Commodores led 37-7.
Perry also got it done on the defensive side of the football.
Ryan Yingst intercepted a pass from Wetherill and ran it back 70 yards for a TD, pushing the bulge to 45-7.
Perry wasn’t done in the first half.
Hoersten found Martel White open near the sideline. White hauled in the pass and went 43 yards for the score, giving the Commodores a 52-7 advantage with 4:27 left in the half – which held up to the break.
In the first half, Perry’s offensive unit piled up 265 total yards.
“We try to be balanced,” Baker said. “Today, our running game was working really well. …. We kept feeding it. Passing was there when we wanted it and needed it. We executed really well.”
Perry struck fast in the second half.
Freshman Ryan Yingst, who came in to play quarterback in the second half, broke loose for a 47-yard TD run, extending the lead to 60-7.
Yingst led the Commodores with 100 rushing yards on just three carries.
The Polar Bears added another score. Early in the fourth quarter, Wetherill found Daylin Pees open in the end zone for a scoring strike. The Commodores’ lead was now 60-13.
Yingst had yet another long TD run for Perry. The freshman two-way player found a seam and traveled 31 yards for the score, pushing the lead to 68-13 with 8:05 left in the game.
Glenn added a final TD with a 9-yard run with three minutes left to play.
“Our guys did a good job up front,” Baker said. “We held onto our blocks as long as we could and gave guys space to move around; and our guys did a good job of moving.”
Baker said Friday’s game gave his staff the opportunity to see what some of the younger players could do.
“It’s definitely tough, because you have those older guys that don’t want to come out yet. But, a couple younger players did some good things. We had a couple freshmen go in there and play really hard, and they did a great job,” Baker said.