In their first District matchup of the season, Perry’s football team fell prey to Ballard’s game plan in a 41-17 home loss.
Last night at the Dewey field, the Bluejays (1-2) were shelled for 511 rushing yards on 67 attempts that culminated in five touchdowns by the visiting Bombers (1-2).
The home team’s defense allowed Skyler Noftsger, Ballard’s junior, to run all over the place as he led his team with 203 yards on 27 carries and two scores.
Despite the overwhelming rushing yards, the Bluejays did a solid job on Ballard’s senior quarterback Issac Schafbuch, who completed just 76 yards on a 6-for-12 passing night with one touchdown but was forced into four interceptions.
The night started off in the Bluejays favor when the special teams forced and recovered an opening kickoff fumble.
However, with the home team only a yard away from a potential 6-0 lead, running back Mark Campos suffered an injury and after failing to score, kicker Anthony Aragon missed from 18 yards out. Campos ended his night with a team leading 42 rushing yards.
The team bounced back a few plays later when junior Conner Kenyon intercepted Schafbuch and ran it all the way to the visitor’s 28-yard line.
Once again the Bluejays squandered their opportunity when they failed to score and turned the ball over on downs.
Ben Coy, Bluejays’ co-head coach acknowledged that his team’s inability to take advantage of great field position was a combination of missed opportunities and Ballard doing a good job getting pressure in the backfield.
The scoreless first half quickly changed in favor of the Bombers who went on to outscore the home team 27-3 before halftime.
A few plays after the half and with the score now 34-3, the Bluejays’ Mike Echeverria’s interception resulted in an eventual Donald Chavez touchdown.
Ballard would respond with another seven points and would almost score another six until Perry’s Reece Dunalp’s end zone interception lead to an 80-yard strike to wide receiver Brandon Kenyon from starting QB Alexis Garrido.
Garrido finished his night 132 yards through the air with 91 yards going to Kenyon who led the squad in receiving yards.
The Bluejays will be on the road next week, Sept. 15 , when they visit the Boone Toreadors where they look to get back to .500.