Houston County teams finished the year 3-1 against Baldwin. (Warner Robins, Northside and Veterans all beat the Braves during the regular season.)
Unfortunately, Perry suffered the lone loss. It came Friday in Milledgeville, 39-22, in the opening round of the Class AAAA state tournament.
Five interceptions didn’t help the Panthers’ cause, but neither did Baldwin’s offense. In winning its sixth straight – perhaps the Demons, Eagles and Warhawks did nothing more than toughen it up – the Braves jumped out to a 21-0 lead after one. Shondraus King’s eight-yard run accounted for the first. Derrick Lewis’ one-yard run took care of the second and Trey Trawick’s three-yard run – all of these the culmination of drives, short and long – was touchdown number three. Lucas Webb made the points after.
Jorge Bautista finally got Perry on board with a 39-yard field goal in the second. Following a fumble by the Braves, a 46-yard run by Davion Ross and the point after made it 21-10 – and brought to mind last week’s stunning comeback.
Baldwin, however, scored again after that on a Trawick nine-yard run. The point after was no good making it 27-10. Another score by King made it 39-10 and paved the way for the fourth quarter where finally quarterback Lane Rucker four Ross for a 26-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful making it the final score.
Perry finished the year 6-5 and can head into the offseason still with some satisfaction in making the playoffs for the first time since 2012.