Perry’s boys came up short in their bid to win a Class AAAA “team” championship. They Panthers finished fifth Saturday at host Jefferson High School.
The boys started off with a 43-28 win over Thomas County Central, but after making the round of four, were edged out by eventual state runner-up Flowery Branch 37-35. It fell to Jefferson in the championship match 61-15.
Perry fell into the consolation bracket following its loss. There, it was beat by Central-Carroll, 45-31. Central-Carroll went on to face North Oconee, which beat it for third 61-12.
The Panthers’ journey to a state qualifier actually began the week prior in the preliminary rounds.
Entering the Region 4, No. 1 seed, they beat Dougherty 66-12 and then Troup County 63-12.
This was Perry’s fourth-straight trip to state. None of the other county schools were able to qualify this year.