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Wolfpack bow to Commodores

September 16, 2009
After getting behind in the first quarter, the Perry Central Commodores bounced back to dominate host Crawford County, 48-12, in a Patoka Lake Athletic Conference game Friday, Sept. 4. Despite the loss, the Wolfpack had something to feel good about, as they became the first team to score on the Commodores since last year's sectional.

Crawford County’s Andrew Douglas becomes the first opposing player to get into the end zone against Perry Central since last year’s sectional. The Commodores, however, came back to overpower the Wolfpack, 48-12. Photo by Wade Bell
"They had a level they picked up that we didn't get up to," Crawford County coach Brian Ruble said. "We never did get up to it. We punched them in the mouth the first quarter and they didn't like it, and they came at us harder than what we did at them."

"We'll learn some things from this," Perry Central coach Mike Spencer said. "I thought Crawford, watching them play in the two games we saw earlier, and watching in here tonight, they flashed some signs in there that they could play. … They made it tough on us where we really had to work and make some changes offensively to take advantage of. Then, when we got some of those things rolling, that made it tough for them to key on."

The first few minutes of the game were a tug of war, but then Crawford's Cody Cotner intercepted a Dee Jay Shaw pass to put the Wolfpack on Perry Central's 48-yard-line.

Except for one play, Crawford County kept the ball on the ground, and with less than a minute to go in the quarter, Andrew Douglas pushed his way into the end zone from six yards for a 6-0 Crawford lead.

"When you give up that field position that you fought for, then you give the other team a chance," Spencer said, "it's a lot easier to do the things they did. Give them credit. They had a decent drive there. That was the first time we'd actually had somebody take the ball and drive it in on us."

Perry Central, however, regrouped in the second period and pushed in three touchdowns for a 21-6 lead at halftime.

Shaw scored first on a one-yard run, but Crawford County blocked the extra-point kick attempt, leaving the game tied. Mikey Wilkerson later put the ball in the end zone on a four-yard run, then Shaw threw to Kegan Hubert with just over six seconds left in the half.

The Commodores also scored three times in the third period and again in the fourth.

Crawford County managed another touchdown in the final period, as quarterback Isaac Bowles threw an eight-yard pass to Chris Schwartz, to make the final score 48-12, as the two-point conversion attempt failed.

"Perry Central is a good ball team, and they deserved to win the ball game," Ruble said. "They took it right to us. But we do have a lot of guys that (were) sick all week and they were out there on the field and I could tell it in their legs, and I could tell it in their strength that they didn't have it."

Crawford County finished with 197 yards of offense. Isaac Bowles connected on 8 of 20 passes for 93 yards, with Cotner catching three for 36 yards, Jonathon Bowles grabbing two for 31 yards, and Schwartz catching two for 23 yards. Douglas rushed the ball 21 times for 95 yards. On defense, James Grant and James Davis had five tackles each.

"Andrew, he's one of them that has been fighting sickness and you noticed that after the score," Ruble said. "The first quarter, he comes off and he's vomiting. He wasn't going to get carried off the field. … He was ready to go the second half. We got some fluids in him, a little bit of food in him, and he was ready to go. I had no intentions of playing him the second half, but he came up to me and said, 'We're ready to play. I want to win this game.' That's a tribute to him. He's a player."

Perry Central finished with 73 passing yards, on 6 of 14 attempts, and 273 rushing yards for 346 total yards. Wilkerson had 11 carries for 63 yards with three touchdowns. T.J. Hall carried the ball 17 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and Dakota Huff rushed six times for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Ruble said his team still has to learn to stay up emotionally when an opponent rallies with an overpowering run like that of the Commodores.

"I was real happy with the first score because we took it against their No. 1 defense and took it right down the field and smacked them in the mouth and scored and took the lead," he said. "I'm very happy with the first quarter."

"One thing we try to instill here is not to give up, and I felt we had heads dropping," Ruble said. "We gave up the second half. That's just something we cannot do the rest of the season.

"I challenged them no matter what the score is, play hard till the end of the game and don't give up. They don't have very many games. You have 10 games and possibly more in a season. You don't give up because the season is over before you know it."

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