Perry touts quality over quantity


By Jose Nogueras - jnogueras@aimmediamidwest.com



Perry’s Chazz Jackson will be called on to produce on the offense and defense for the Commodores.

Perry’s Chazz Jackson will be called on to produce on the offense and defense for the Commodores.


Don Speck | The Lima News

PERRY

Coach: Dan Baker

Years at school, record: 1 (6-4)

Last year’s record: 6-4

Division: VII

Returning Lettermen: Chazz Jackson (Sr.), Brayden Owens (Sr.), Cameron Patrick (Sr.), Cameron Dalton (Sr.), DeVares Glenn (Jr.), Tim Hendley (Jr.), Jon Quick (Jr.), Demarion Gibson (Soph.), Ryan Yingst (Soph.), Cameron Nutt (Soph.), Andre Clavell, Anthonie Turner (Soph.)

Promising Newcomers: JQ Austin (Jr.), Terry Riley (Soph.), Hunter Klett (Soph.), Elijah Caudill (Fr.)

Season Outlook: “With a large graduating class in 2018, we will need to develop the talent in the younger grades and some newcomers to the football team/program in order to continue the success from the two previous years,” Baker said. “This is a team looking to compete for the first-ever conference championship in school history as well as the first time that the team could end with three straight winning seasons.”

PERRY SCHEDULE

Aug. 30 `Spencerville `7 p.m.

Sep. 6 `at Allen East `7 p.m.

Sep. 14 `at Delphos Jefferson `7 p.m.

Sep. 20 `Elgin `7 p.m.

Sep. 27 `at Hardin Northern `7 p.m.

Oct. 4 `Waynesfield-Goshen `7 p.m.

Oct. 11 `Upper Scioto Valley `7 p.m.

Oct. 18 `Ridgemont `7 p.m.

Oct. 25 `at Riverside `7 p.m.

Nov. 1 `at Sidney Lehman `7 p.m.

PERRY TOWNSHIP – Organization.

That is one main lesson Perry head coach Dan Baker learned about his first year of coaching.

Whether it was preparing for games, preparing for practices or preparing his daily routine, the second-year head coach found out the importance of being organized.

“It takes a lot more organization than you think about going into it,” Baker said. “There are a lot of different pieces moving-wise, like keeping track of kids and knowing what is going on. Every single day is a new adventure sometimes.”

Coming off a 6-4 season, Baker will once again put those organizational skills to the test in preparing for the upcoming season. Perry lost a lot of talent to graduation, and with them went a team that produced back-to-back winning seasons and an appearance in the playoffs in 2017.

A second chance at a postseason berth and Northwest Central Conference title eluded the Commodores last season, when they dropped their last three games of the season, including a heartbreaking two-point loss Riverside followed by a 21-14 loss to Sidney Lehman and then a deflating 48-25 defeat to Elgin.

“Going 6-4 is positive,” Baker said. “We started 6-1 so we didn’t finish the way we wanted to, so that is disappointing. You are going to have some games where weather didn’t help us out a couple of times, and if we have a couple plays here or a couple plays there or two or three yards, we might be 8-2 or 9-1.”

Baker is not only faced with replacing some of the best athletic talent that has played at Perry, but he is dealing with the numbers game, as 25 have shown up to participate. It is a young squad.

Ten graduated from the 22-man team including starting quarterback Louis Hoersten and all-NWCC performers Shane Overly and Nylan Cannon, who led the team in tackles and rushing, as well as second-team selection Kevin Miller.

Perry has nine returning letter winners from last season.

“We are young,” Baker said. “The enthusiasm is there. A lot have to grow and get experience, and there are only so many ways you can get that. Numbers-wise, we are low. That is low compared to a lot of teams.”

The numbers are low, but Baker sees talent on this team.

Leading the charge is Chazz Jackson, a triple-threat player, who was first team as a receiver, defensive back and punter. Jackson had 28 catches for more than 500 yards and five touchdowns and had five interceptions on defense. He averaged a little more than 37 yards a punt.

Also back is Brayden Owens, a second-team NWCC choice at linebacker.

“We have some really good leaders on the team, and we have changed up the offense a little that is even a little new to them. We have changed it up a little defensively, so there is some new stuff to it. But as far as bringing guys along, we have adjusted things here and there, making it more my style of it and blending it together.”

On offense, Baker must replace his entire backfield, including quarterback, three-fifths of his line and all but one receiver.

“It is not about necessarily replacing those guys and players and accumulating the same stats, but it’s about replacing their productivity level and their leadership,” Baker said. “You talk to people around Perry, and that is a once in a five-year, once in a 10-year class with 10 seniors on a football team. I think we have four this year, so that is a big difference.”

In rebuilding the offensive line, Baker is encouraged by the players who he has because they saw action last season due to blowouts or injuries. Four of the players expected to start on the line saw time on the field last year.

“Now did they play together at the same time? I don’t think so,” Baker said. “But it is a lot better than saying we are replacing three starters and nobody has taken those reps.”

Two players are competing for the quarterback spot, senior Owens, who was the backup last year, and sophomore Ryan Yingst, who also was a backup and played tight end.

“We have some really good athletic kids back there, and whichever way it goes, we can’t really go wrong with who we choose,” Baker said. “It is hard to replace Louis Hoersten, but I think we have these two who can do similar things.”

Like the offense, Baker has to plug a number of holes on defense. Having Jackson helps anchor the defense, but the Commodore head coach said they will be looking at a number of different players in different positions to build the defense.

Like the offense, Baker has to plug a number of holes on defense. Having Jackson helps anchor the defense, but the Commodore head coach said they will be looking at a number of different players in different positions to build the defense.

Baker adds that he sees this as a quality over quantity thing when it comes to his roster and he is hoping they continue to build on the success of the past two years.

“This is one of the more successful runs Perry has been on,” Baker said. “I am not from the area, but I’ve been told back-to-back winning seasons is not a common thing, so I hope to get three winning seasons in a row.”

Perry’s Chazz Jackson will be called on to produce on the offense and defense for the Commodores.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/web1_Spencervillefb-vs-perry-DS5.jpgPerry’s Chazz Jackson will be called on to produce on the offense and defense for the Commodores. Don Speck | The Lima News

By Jose Nogueras

jnogueras@aimmediamidwest.com

PERRY

Coach: Dan Baker

Years at school, record: 1 (6-4)

Last year’s record: 6-4

Division: VII

Returning Lettermen: Chazz Jackson (Sr.), Brayden Owens (Sr.), Cameron Patrick (Sr.), Cameron Dalton (Sr.), DeVares Glenn (Jr.), Tim Hendley (Jr.), Jon Quick (Jr.), Demarion Gibson (Soph.), Ryan Yingst (Soph.), Cameron Nutt (Soph.), Andre Clavell, Anthonie Turner (Soph.)

Promising Newcomers: JQ Austin (Jr.), Terry Riley (Soph.), Hunter Klett (Soph.), Elijah Caudill (Fr.)

Season Outlook: “With a large graduating class in 2018, we will need to develop the talent in the younger grades and some newcomers to the football team/program in order to continue the success from the two previous years,” Baker said. “This is a team looking to compete for the first-ever conference championship in school history as well as the first time that the team could end with three straight winning seasons.”

PERRY SCHEDULE

Aug. 30 `Spencerville `7 p.m.

Sep. 6 `at Allen East `7 p.m.

Sep. 14 `at Delphos Jefferson `7 p.m.

Sep. 20 `Elgin `7 p.m.

Sep. 27 `at Hardin Northern `7 p.m.

Oct. 4 `Waynesfield-Goshen `7 p.m.

Oct. 11 `Upper Scioto Valley `7 p.m.

Oct. 18 `Ridgemont `7 p.m.

Oct. 25 `at Riverside `7 p.m.

Nov. 1 `at Sidney Lehman `7 p.m.

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