PERRY TOWNSHIP – Coming into the game against Perry on Friday night, Waynesfield-Goshen’s defense had been prone to the big play this season.
The Commodores exploited that fact with several big plays to bounce the Tigers from the ranks of the unbeatens with a 40-14 victory over Perry in a Northwest Central Conference contest.
With the win Perry remains unbeaten in the NWCC at 3-0 and they even their overall mark at 3-3. Waynesfield-Goshen falls to 5-1 for the season and 2-1 in conference action.
“We challenged our guys that we were going to have to step up defensively, and offensively we have some great playmakers,” Perry head coach Dan Baker said. “I can’t say enough about this team. They rallied behind each other. We started 0-3 and we are back to 3-3 and competing.”
Perry’s big play capability was on full display and it featured the arm and legs of sophomore quarterback Ryan Yingst and sure-handed catches by receivers Chazz Jackson and Jaquarius Austin.
Yingst finished the game 8 of 16 for 162 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Yingst carried the ball 10 times for 90 yards and had his own big play when he scampered for 63 yards for a touchdown in the second half that proved to be the back breaker.
The sophomore signal caller threw touchdown tosses of 10, 45 and 50 yards in the first half to help the Commodores break out to a 20-7. Jackson, who had the first touchdown of 10 yards for Perry, also had a grab of 50 yards late in the second quarter.
“We got a great quarterback and receivers all over the place and our line did a great job,” Baker said. “Our guys keep fighting. I don’t think it matters who you put up against Chazz Jackson he is tough to guard.”
Jackson finished the game with three catches for 65 yards and added a late fourth quarter 75 yard touchdown kickoff return to add an insurance touchdown.
Not to be overlooked was the Commodores’ defensive effort that shutdown the explosive Tiger offense. Coming into the game the Tigers were averaging more than 40 points a contest but the Commodore’s’ clamp down defense smothered Waynesfield-Goshen all night.
Even though the Tigers have relied on the run, Waynesfield-Goshen looked to pass the ball early but their passing game was inconsistent throughout the night. After shutting down the pass, the Commodores were just as effective against the run.
Perry held Joel Rickle to 36 yards on 12 carries with one touchdown and Kyle Searson managed 50 yards on 16 carries.
Tiger quarterback Connor Roberts was 15 of 29 for 213 yards and one touchdown.
“They did a great job of keeping us off balance early and they self-scouted themselves and came out with things that we didn’t expect but our defense rallied and kind of came back and stuffed them a little bit,” Baker said. “Most of the game we played really well defensively. They got two kids that run really hard and they were carrying our guys all over the place but we got four or five guys in on the tackle and that was helpful.”
Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.