PERRY TOWNSHIP — Allen East had a Hoel lot to celebrate in its 61-20 win over Perry in a non league affair between the Allen County schools Friday night.
Allen East improves to 2-0 on the season and Perry slips to 1-1.
On offense, it was all about the running game for the Mustangs who established it early with Jack Hoel who finished the game with 197 yards on 23 carries and two touchdown.
Behind some excellent blocking up from Hoel and Co. scored on three of their first four drives.
But it was more than just Hoel doing damage as Mustang quarterback Blake Hershberger showed that he is a dual threat. The junior signal signal caller ran for 87 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries and passed for a touchdown.
“I feel like we were able to be more consistent in the running game,” Mustang head coach Joel Billings said. “I think we got more people involved. People stepped up and the offensive line was more dominate than it was last week.”
The Mustang defense, despite giving up several big plays, came up big with six turnovers, including four interceptions to gain the early first half lead.
In the first half, Perry had four interceptions and a fumble and three of those pickoffs and the fumble led to points.
“They really have some really good skilled kids that burned us a couple of times but the turnovers helped a lot but we were pretty physical running the ball so those are the things we preach all the time,” Billings said.
Mustang Joseph Hoel scored on a fumble recovery and Cameron Clum, who had two interceptions, returned one for a touchdown on his second pick and his first interception led to a touchdown.
Perry turnovers limited the Commodores who showed they could make big plays but not enough to overcome the Mustangs.
Joseph Hoel’s fumble recovery was the one that really began to give the Mustangs momentum. It came after Perry was looking to answer the Mustangs’ second score.
“The interceptions didn’t bother me a whole lot but it was the fumbles that hurt us at crucial times and it was the swing of momentum and we really didn’t respond to that,” Perry head coach Seth Evans said. “ We gave up two quick scores there and it was just too much momentum changing.”
Perry signal caller Ryan Yingst was 16 for 40 for 356 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. Commodore receiver Terry Riley hauled in six catches for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
Yingst had touchdown tosses of 22, 65 and 70 yards.
Evans said he saw a lot of positives out there but not enough consistency.
“I knew this was going to be juggernaut,” Evans said. “they are a big physical team and we are not. That is just one of our downfalls We use our speed. Physicality is not in our bag. I saw some good things out there and guys stepping up.”
Even though the Mustangs have produced to big wins, Billings said there is still plenty of work to do.
“I know we are winning but we are not near our potential,” Billings said. “We have a lot of work to do but we are going to enjoy tonight.”