Perry was electric.
Spalding was lights out. Meaning pretty much powerless against a Panthers squad that sacked the quarterback seven times – rushed him plenty more – and spread the scoring around via four players en route to a 38-0 win.
Perry scored seven points in the first quarter, but then added two touchdowns each in the second and third. (The fourth was played to a running clock.)
Makeil Kendrick got the call for the first two touchdowns. His first was on a six-yard run and capped off a six-play, 65-yard drive. His second came on a 23-yard run that finished off a five-play 52-yard drive.
Curtis Head, on a 41-yard pass from Lane Rucker, made it 21-0. That was the perfect ending to a five-play, 67-yard drive, and came with 57 seconds left in the half. Perry out-rushed the Jaguars 172 to minus 18 during that span. Rucker was also seven-of-10 for 80 yards and the Panthers had the overall edge 252-96.
Spalding, aided by a couple of big penalties, mounted its biggest drive of the game to start the third quarter, but eventually still had to punt.
After Perry scored again – Tyrell Owens on a one-yard run, and the finale to an eight-play, 51-yard drive – the Jaguars attempted to punt again. This one was blocked giving Perry the ball on the visitor’s 3. A run went back two yards but Daequan Wright’s run went forward five and into the endzone for the score.
Perry, with a number of subs in the game, added to field goal to its total to make the final score.
It improved to 3-0 in Region 2-AAAA – with a big game against Mary Persons, which lost to West Laurens, coming up. The Panthers also moved to 5-3 overall. Spalding dropped to 0-3, 1-7.