Perry blanks Allderdice
Perry spent the entire first half of its City League opener Friday night squandering golden opportunities.
So when the Commodores got another one off the second-half kickoff, they made sure they didn't waste it.
Perry (2-1, 1-0) recovered a poorly executed Allderdice kick at midfield to begin the second half and turned it into the deciding score in a 12-0 victory Friday night at Cupples Stadium.
“We knew we could move the ball. We just had to finish that drive,” Perry coach Bill Gallagher said.
Tight end Juyuan Bryd pulled in a 23-yard pass from Daron Clark off a deflection by two Allderdice defenders.
“We practice that all the time,” Gallagher said. “Juyuan Bryd is a great athlete. He really stayed focused on that ball. It looked like one of those ones where if I was a betting man, I would say it was picked. Luckily, he kept his eye on it and came down with it.”
Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett said his kicker just missed the kick on the pivotal play to begin the second half. The miscue reflected the night for the Dragons (1-2, 0-1), who turned the ball over five times and committed eight penalties.
“That's two things that are so costly in a game that you can't overcome sometimes,” Haslett said.
“What loses games on most occasions are turnovers, and then second is penalties. We had both.”
Both teams suffered injuries to key players. Allderdice running back Patrick Ferguson left in the second half with a hip injury, and quarterback Bishop Gethers struggled with cramps.
Perry quarterback Ahmed Turner took a big hit on the Commodores' first play from scrimmage. He left the game briefly before returning to rush for 57 yards in the first half.
Gallagher said he sat Turner out in the second half as a precaution, and in his place, Clark threw for a touchdown and ran for another.
The theme began on the opening kickoff, as a holding penalty wiped out a long return by Allderdice's Antonio Thomas.
In the Dragons' five first-half possessions, they lost three fumbles, had a punt blocked and had a bad snap on another punt that led to a 9-yard loss.
Meanwhile, Perry gained control of the ball inside Allderdice territory on its first four first-half possessions but couldn't convert the opportunities into points.
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.