Perry rallies to stun Mary Persons

There will be partying in Perry. (The clean, don’t do anything stupid as you’ve still got school on Monday, kind of partying.)

How can they resist after the Panthers – in as exciting/nail-biting fashion as possible – rallied to beat Mary Persons Friday at home.

They won 21-17. The final drive came with 3:58 remaining. They trailed 17-14 – stay turned for how impressive getting that close was considering how things began – at the time. They started on their own 28. Seventeen crucial plays later they scored on a fourth down with the ball one the 1. Daequan Wright, a workhorse all night, did the honors.

The win was not only huge via the enormous legacy of the opponent – for Perry, perhaps the beginning of its own – but for a couple of additional reasons. One, it sets the Panthers up with a chance to win the region if they can beat West Laurens next week. Two, had they lost, they and Mary Persons would have had the same Region 2-AAAA/overall record, which would have also given the Bulldogs the tiebreaker edge. Now, Perry, 4-0 in Region 2-AAAA, 6-3 overall, don’t have to worry about that. Mary Persons, 2-2, 4-5, does.

As far as the game, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 14-0 lead and led 17-7 heading into the fourth quarter. They scored first, their opening possession, on a 12-yard pass from Adrian Hughley to Logan Hickman. Later in the second, they went 80 yards for another score (the 14-0).

Perry barely got on the board before the half ended when Wright scored on a four-yard run to finish off a 50-yard drive.

The Panthers were also forced to punt to start the third.

Mary Persons threatened to score again after that, but on a fourth-and-12 from Perry’s 27 it threw an interception. It was fielded on the 6. The Panthers were forced to punt again as a result, but the defense returned the favor.

Perry punted again as the third came to a close. That resulted in Mary Persons – starting on its own 45 and running nine plays – addin a 37-yard field to make it the aforementioned 17-7.

Then it was all Perry. It answered by going 55 yards on eight plays and scoring. William McCranie made the aforementioned 17-14. There was 4:37 left in the game.

Instead of going conservative, the Bulldogs attempted a long pass two plays into their next possession. Chriseth Stewart picked it off. That in turn set up the aforementioned score for the win.