A Westside miscue almost cost it dearly.
That is, a safety, that came with just over a minute left in the second quarter. It came after Perry had put together a long drive only to fumble on the 2. It also came with the Panthers trailing 21-3.
The two points were important, but also was the touchdown Perry scored after taking the kickoff. It took only two plays and ended with a 10-yard pass from Lane Rucker to Aaron Hall. The Panthers – aided on the drive by a long pass interference call – also made the two-point conversion – a pass from Rucker to Makell Kendrick. That made it 21-13 – an obvious one-score ballgame.
Perry appeared headed for the opportunity to tie it to start the third quarter, but that’s where its luck ran out. After running 12 plays, it stalled, went for a long field goal – 42 yards – but missed.
The Seminoles responded with a couple of scores and went on to win 33-13 at home Thursday.
They started the game with two touchdowns on two drives. The first was on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Victor Dixon Jr. to Marquis Thomas. The point after by Diego Pedraza made it 7-0.
Perry punted and Westside scored. This time it only took two plays, the second of those a 51-yard pass from Dixon to Jaylon Barden. Pedraza’s point after made it 14-0 with the end of the first two minutes away.
The Panthers did put together a drive in answer. It ended with William McCranie’s 25-yard field goal.
Westside scored again following that. Its drive started on the Perry 49, went seven plays and ended on a two-yard pass from Dixon to Barden.
The aforementioned safety and touchdown followed.
The Seminoles’ fourth touchdown came on a Dixon run from the one with about three minutes left in the third, and its fourth was another Dixon run – on a fourth-and-goal from the two.
With the loss, Perry fell to 1-2, while Westside, with the win, improved to 2-1.