August 31, 2018 – NATHAN LYTTLE – Bluegrass Sports Nation Perry Central Football Columnist
The Perry Central Commodores are undefeated after three games, but the Patriots of Knott Couny Central put up a fight on their home field.
Storms across Eastern Kentucky forced delays at several games Friday night. This game – scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff – did not get started until just after 9 p.m. The field at Bank of Hindman Stadium was a muddy mess, but the teams gutted this one out after lightning was no longer a threat.
Perry Central got off to a hot start with two quick touchdowns through the air. Starting quarterback Cameron Brown was playing with a minor wrist injury but started off in as good of form as we have seen all year. Then, things got a little interesting.
With the rain coming down and the clock ticking beyond 10 p.m, the Commodores started racking up penalty yards and turning the ball over. The last four drives of the first half for the Commodores ended with a turnover on downs, a fumble and two interceptions. The Patriots capitalized, cutting it to 13-12 before the half. Coach Ovie Canady said the field conditions and the delay were not factors in this one.
“It had no impact,” Canady said. “We just came out flat. We have to avoid that.”
A rivalry that has seen the Patriots lose every game since 1996 was in question at halftime. The Patriots had the momentum and found success running the football against Perry Central. Knott sophomore Nick Miller got the start at quarterback, but the Pats mixed it up all night with tight end Kealan Lucas and running back Ty Hollon also taking snaps from the QB spot.
“Ty had some nice, strong runs. Excellent player. Huge heart,” Canady said.
The second half saw a momentum swing in favor of the Commodores. The Dores immediately came out and looked sharper on defense, forcing a punt and then getting back to what they have done
best all season: running the football. Two plays into their first offensive drive of the first half and Jayden Neace busted an 80 yard touchdown run. The second Commodore drive of the half ended in a touchdown after some strong runs from Neace and Jordan Feltner.
“We had a good halftime talk,” Canady said. “We cut down on our penalties and played better defense.
Knott Central was unable to score in the second half and the Commodores pulled away for a 34-12 win.
Knott Central falls to 1-2 and heads to Shelby Valley next week. The Commodores remain unbeaten at 3-0 and head to Manchester to face Clay County.