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Perry powers past Howard

Perry had one misstep, and pretty much only one misstep, in its win over Howard Friday in Macon.

The Panthers won 40-14. The aforementioned slip-up came on their first possession of the game. Faced with a punting situation after going three-and-out, the snap went over the head of the punter. The Huskies recovered it on Perry’s 3. One run went nowhere. A second went backwards five yards before quarterback Jaylon Clark found Win Davidson for the score. The point after made it 7-0.

William McCranie kicked a 42-yard field goal to make it 7-3. He kicked another one, this time from 23 yards out, to make it 7-6. The Panthers’ offense – and defense – took over from there.

Lane Rucker’s 25-yard pass to Aaron Hall, the game just over four minutes into the second quarter, combined with the point after made it 13-7, Perry.

Makeil Kendrick finished off a drive with a two-yard run – the Panthers had 213 yards on the ground, as shared by several runners, in the first half (and 100 in the air via Rucker) – to make it 19-7. That was after the two-point try failed.

Perry picked up its own fumble with seconds left on the clock before that quarter ran out to make it 26-7. (Howard was held to just 29 yards rushing and 13 yards passing during that span.)

After Howard made it 26-14 with another Clark-Davidson score – 20 yards – in the third, the Panthers responded with a 98-yard kickoff return by Kendrick. That made it 33-14.

Rucker connected with Curtis Head on a 31-yard pass to make it 40-14, the game still in the third.

With the win, Perry improved to 2-0 in Region 2-AAAA, 4-3 overall. Howard fell to 0-2, 4-3.

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