“They’re very dangerous. They can score at any time on the field. They’ve got playmakers.”
Those were just a few of the accolades Perry Head Coach Kevin Smith had for Westside heading into the team’s showdown against the Macon school Friday in Perry. Needless to say when the Panthers got up 14-0 he knew the game was far from over.
In fact, they had to fight for, and earn, everything they got. In the end it paid off, however, as Perry won 30-27. (And earned a few accolades itself now at 3-0 on the year.)
Both turned it over on downs to start. Jermaine Lee’s “pick six” of 98 yards put the Panthers on the board. Jorge Bautista’s point after made it 7-0, which is where it stood after one.
Following a Seminole punt that put the ball on Westside’s 34 to start the second, Perry took it and went the distance. Davion Ross’ one-yard run and Bautista’s PAT made it the aforementioned two-score lead.
Tyshawn Freeman’s four-yard score to cap off a drive and William Hoang’s point after cut the lead in half.
Both moved it a bit following, but both also saw their drives end on interceptions. Perry made it 21-7 when Lane Rucker found Ross on a 70-yard pass.
Two Freeman scores – one to close out the third and another early in the fourth made it 21-all.
Bautista’s 15-yard field goal then gave the Panthers the lead back, 24-21.
Another touchdown – the PAT missed – made it 30-21. Westside answered that with a touchdown as well, but it also missed the point after. The last came with just over a minute to play. Perry was forced to punt but not before getting the clock down to about 25 seconds. The clock ran out on the Seminoles, who fell to 2-1, from there.