PERRY TOWNSHIP – Even though Spencerville was only down by two, 8-6, at halftime, the Bearcats must have felt a little snake bit against Perry in the first two quarters.
The Bearcats lost their top rusher from last year, Joel Lotz, early in the first quarter after only three carries, and Spencerville failed to score despite two drives that went deep into Perry quarterback.
However, the start of the second half saw the opportunistic Bearcat defense turn the tide.
Spencerville recorded back-to-back interceptions that led to two touchdown and helped propel Spencerville to a 35-16 victory over Perry Friday night.
Spencerville’s Gunner Grisby and Dylan Baughman, along with a host of other Bearcat runners, helped fill the void left by the injured Lotz.
Grisby powered his way for 219 yards on 30 carries and four touchdowns.
Baughman provided some punch as well from the Bearcat backfield by picking up 146 on 16 carries.
Not too be overlooked is the Bearcat defense that provided the scoring chances for Perry. For the game Spencerville had five interceptions and three sacks. Spencerville Eli Harter had two of those pick-offs.
Perry quarterback Ryan Yingst, who was an effective 7 of 13 for 104 yards in the first half, threw two picks and two incompletes in his first five attempts of the second half.
Credit the Bearcat front seven for providing pressure on Yingst that had the sophomore signal caller on the run for much of the second half.
For the game, Yingst finished the game 12 for 29 with 170 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Yingst second touchdown toss went to Jaqurius Austin on a 20 yard strike early in the fourth quarter.
On the ground, Yingst was effective, gaining 82 on 16 carries.
Perry receiver Chazz Jackson, who recorded an interception, had six catches for 107 yards and one touchdown.
Perry owned a slim 8-6 lead at halftime.
The Commodores struck first late in the first quarter when Commodore quarterback Ryan Yingst connected with a streaking Jackson, trailed by three Spencerville defenders, down the middle for a 58 yard touchdown strike.
After a successful two point conversion, Perry led 8-0 with 1:19 left in the first quarter.
Spencerville, who had several opportunities to score in the first half, crossed the goal line for its first touchdown of the season when Gunner Grigsby bulled his way into the end zone from seven yards out.
Grigsby’s score capped off a 16 play, 64 yard drive that went for more than six and a half minutes.
Twice in the first half, the Bearcats moved the ball inside Spencerville’s territory inside the 40 but a turnover on the first drive and a failed fourth down attempt ended the Bearcats’ scoring chances.
Perry forced two fumbles and recorded two sacks in the first half.
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