PERRY TOWNSHIP – Welcome back J.T. Taviano.
The senior running back who began as a freshman at Perry but spent the last two seasons at Delphos Jefferson returned back to the Commodores this year and is making the most of his senior year. After rushing for 144 yards last week against Crestline, the burly back rushed for 124 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown to spearhead the Commodores’ rushing attack and propel Perry past Upper Scioto Valley, 38-14, in a Northwest Central Conference clash Friday night.
Perry remains undefeated at 3-0 and improves to 2-0 in the NWCC Lane Division. USV falls to 1-2 for the year and 0-2 in the conference play.
Perry head coach Dan Baker said Taviano has been a great addition to the team.
“The kid run hard and he is a hard worker and he gets everything he can get on every single play,” Baker said. “It is a great addition to have and it is nice to shove the ball down the field once in a while.”
Taviano’s workhorse effort was just a part of the potent Perry offensive assault.
Providing the lighting to Taviano’s thunder was Davares Glenn. Even though the fleet-footed senior had three rushes for 58 yards, he was highly effective on punt returns as he continually put the Commodores in excellent field positions with electrifying runs. In his most exciting play that didn’t count, Glenn made a spectacular 63 yard punt return that was called back because of a penalty.
“That kid is a special kid,” Baker said. “Somebody is going to be really happy on a college team when they decide to give him shot. Davares has been a captain on this team for four years and I can’t see enough good things about the kid. Defensively and offensively he makes an impact on every single play.”
At quarterback Ryan Yingst was 9 of 15 for 95 yards and two touchdowns. The senior signal caller also ran the ball eight times for 57 yards and two touchdowns.
Catching both of those touchdowns was Jaquarius Austin who had catches of 9 and 15 for scores.
Running back Ty’re Sibert added a late score when he scored from seven yards out.
Not to be overlooked was the offensive line’s effort.
“There were times they did a great job but we have to be a little more consistent,” Baker said. “I think I would say that with every position on the field and we can be better but at the end of the day you can’t about a win.”
Taviano added that he had a players step up who normally don’t play in a particular position.
The Perry defense matched the offense in terms of effectiveness and intensity as the Commodores.
The Commodores recorded four sacks and stuffed the USV rushing game, limiting the Rams to 12 yards.
After allowing USV to score on its opening possession of the game, the Commodores kept the Rams out of the end zone until the fourth quarter when Kadyn Hurley connected with Jackson Rohrs for a 72 yard bomb. After a successful two-point conversion, Perry led 32-14.
In its first three games, Perry has held its opponents to 14 points or less.
Baker said he takes responsibility for the defenses slow start but once he challenged them they responded.
“I’m the defensive coordinator so maybe its my fault because maybe at the end of the day I didn’t have them but I think we got a lot better as the game went on,” Baker said. “I think at the end of the day we were super locked to play football and that is on me….I think they did a good job of responding when I challenged them there and maybe I have to challenge them a step sooner.”
Perry owned a 12-6 lead at halftime.
Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.