Perry pulls away from Spalding

Perry and Spalding were two teams trying to get out of the bottom of Region 2-AAAA and into contention.

The Panthers did. The Jaguars didn’t.

Perry, on the road, won 26-14 to improve to 1-2 in the division, 5-3 overall. The host fell to 0-3, 3-5.

Both moved the ball a bit to start, but had only a pair of punts each to show for it. The Panthers finally broke out on the scoreboard via Jonathan Williams’ 55-yard run. Jorge Bautista’s point after was blocked making it 6-0 with just over a minute left in the quarter.

Following a Perry punt, Spalding moved it 65 yards for a score. Fifty of it, and the touchdown, came on quarterback Zion Puckett’s 50-yard pass to Jaden Jones. They did make the point after to make it 7-6, Jaguars, with just over five minutes left in the second quarter.

Bautista, after Perry took it from its own 13 and drove into Spalding territory, gave the visitor the lead back on a 22-yard field goal.

That made it 9-7, which is where it stood at the half; the Panthers did have a touchdown called back on an ineligible receiver.

Both punted to start the third.

Spalding lined up to do it a second time but Jermaine Lee foiled its plan. He blocked it, recovered it and scored. Bautista made it 16-7. That came with about two minutes left in the quarter.

The Jaguars answered right back, however, on a 69-yard score. That made it 16-14 with the PAT.

Perry in turn got a 43-yard field goal from Bautista – he also missed one near the end of the game – and a 60-yard run by Williams.

That coupled with the defense pretty much taking over the line of scrimmage gave the Panthers what they needed to finish off the win.