WAYNESFIELD – With Perry coming off a 75-point performance in last week’s win against Hardin Northern, Waynesfield-Goshen realized the importance of slowing down Perry’s explosive offense.
The Tigers managed to slow down the Commodores’ potent offense somewhat on Friday night. But it wasn’t quite enough.
Perry jumped out to an early lead and carried on for a 38-0 victory Friday at Waynesfield-Goshen in Northwest Central Conference football action on homecoming night at Waynesfield.
With the win, Perry remains unbeaten in the NWCC at 2-0 and is 4-1 overall. Waynesfield-Goshen slips to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the NWCC.
Perry ran the football for 258 yards on the night and passed for another 93. Defensively, the Commodores shut down the W-G offense, holding it to 164 total yards.
“We just kept grinding out drives,” Perry coach Dan Baker said. “They’re a great defensive team. We knew their defense was going to be tough. We just kept grinding out drives, and some of the plays started to work for us. We had a couple different guys step up big for us tonight. I’m nothing but proud of these guys.”
Perry wasted little time.
On the first possession of the game, Perry marched 68 yards on 10 plays for a touchdown. Quarterback Louis Hoersten (10 rushes, 34 yards) ran it in from 8 yards out to give the Commodores the early lead. Chazz Jackson’s extra point gave Perry an early 7-0 advantage.
Perry held on to that 7-point lead until the end of the first quarter. Senior running back Nylan Cannon had 82 yards rushing on six carries for Perry in the first 12 minutes of action. Cannon ended the game with a game-high 229 yards rushing and two TDs.
Cannon was not surprised at how his team was able to move the football Friday against a pretty solid W-G defensive unit.
“Actually it’s not a big surprise because we work hard in practice. So, everything pays off,” Cannon said.
Baker wanted to give his star running back all the touches he possibly could Friday night.
“It all started with a great week at practice,” Baker said. “That guy (Cannon) had one of best weeks of practice that I’ve seen in a long time. We knew we were going to have to feed him the ball. He capitalized on a good week of practice, and it showed out here tonight. He did a fantastic job.”
The Commodores struck quickly in the second quarter.
Hoersten (8 of 16 passing, 93 yards) connected with Chazz Jackson (three catches, 50 yards) for a 26-yard scoring strike, completing a six-play, 90-yard scoring drive. With the point after, Perry led 14-0 just seconds into the second quarter.
Perry went into the halftime break with the two-touchdown lead.
In the first half, Waynesfield-Goshen managed just 99 total offensive yards, all on the ground, while Perry rolled up 181 total yards (118 rushing, 63 passing).
“I’m a defensive guy,” Baker said. “So, I always have to talk about it a little bit. Defensively, we did a great job, and a couple guys stepped up in spots that they aren’t used to playing in.”
At the 2:37 mark of the third quarter, Hoersten found Shane Overly (three catches, 37 yards) open for a 20-yard TD pass, pushing the Perry lead to 21-0.
With 8:33 left to play, Cannon ran it in from 7 yards out to extend the lead to 29-0.
With 4:46 left to play, Perry took advantage of a bad snap on a Tiger punt and recorded a safety in the end zone, extending the lead to 31-0.
Cannon added another TD run of 30 yards, with 2:09 left to play to round out the scoring.
Joel Rickle led W-G with 55 rushing yards on 19 carries. Teammate Kyle Searson rushed for 53 yards on 12 touches.
Baker is cautiously taking it one week at a time.
“Next week is a big one (Upper Scioto Valley at Perry),” he said. “USV is a great team and is well-coached. They were tough on us last year, early on. And we were able to pull away toward the end of the game last year. But, you know, they are going to be well-coached. You know they will be physical and ready to play.”