September 8, 2018 – Manchester, Kentucky / NATHAN LYTTLE – Bluegrass Sports Nation Perry Central Football Columnist
Perry Central continued their undefeated streak to start the football season Friday night by defeating the Clay County Tigers, 41-14.
Commodore Coach Ovie Canady told Bluegrass Sports Nation he thought the effort was there for his team, but turnovers continue to be a problem.
“How many times does the defense have to bail us out on fourth down?” Canady said. “We’ve had at least five (turnovers) each game.”
This game was billed as the Commodores’ toughest test of the young season. Turnovers were definitely a problem, but ultimately Perry Central comes out with another convincing victory to get their fourth win and stay undefeated.
“This was probably the most passing yards I’ve ever been a part of,” Canady said. “You know, I’m a running guy. Cameron probably had about 240 (yards) in the first half.”
Offensively, minus the turnovers, the Commodores played an exceptional game and showed some strides in the passing game. They racked up 588 total yards of offense with 332 coming on the ground and 256 through the air.
Quarterback Cameron Brown was 7-for-12 on the night with two touchdowns and three interceptions. One of his interceptions came when launching a ball down the field to end the first half. With the Commodores backed up near their own goal line, Brown hit Cameron Fugate on a slant that went for a 96-yard touchdown. Cade Miller nabbed the first touchdown Brown threw on the night.
Jayden Neace added three touchdowns to bring his state-leading total to 17. Neace’s 221 yards push him over the millennium mark on the season with 1091 yards, also good for tops in the state.
The defense stood tall all night for the Commodores, stopping Clay County in the red zone and at the goal line several times. They held the Tigers to 83 rushing yards and gave up 152 passing yards. Jake Brown was everywhere for Perry on defense, totaling 22 tackles and a sack for the night. Noah Canady, Jordan Feltner, Brandon Fugate and Charles Haley also picked up a sack in this one. Jayden Neace hauled in one interception.
Thanks to an open week, the Commodores have two weeks to prep for their first district game against Letcher Central. Coach Canady
“The open week is not a time to take off and relax. It’s a time to work on what you need to work on,” Canady said. “Luckily we get two weeks to prepare for Letcher. We can take a couple days for fundamental stuff, a couple days for preparation, and then really get after it and get ready for those guys.
Clay County falls to 1-3 on the season. They have an open week and then head to Monticello to play Wayne County. Perry will look to pick up their fifth win and first district win against Letcher Central on September 21st at home.