It’s been four straight weeks of tough losses for the Bluejays who finally changed that narrative as Perry’s football team clipped the host Gilbert Tigers 31-27.
On the road at Gilbert on Friday, Sept. 29, the Bluejays (2-4) mounted several comebacks throughout the night, which put a damper on the Tiger’s (1-5) homecoming game.
Fans in attendance for both sides were privy to a seesaw battle where each team at some point in the contest either held or took back the lead.
It would be a one score game after one quarter with a 6-0 lead for the host after the Tigers hit paydirt earlier, but failed on the PAT.
The Perry seniors played a big part in taking the first of numerous leads in the second quarter when Jon Flores interception led to a 17-yard touchdown grab by Brandon Kenyon from quarterback Alexis Garrido.
Despite missing the first quarter due to a suspension, Garrido had his best performance this season as he finished through the air 18-for-28 for 319 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
His first touchdown to Kenyon was just the first of Kenyon’s three hauls of the night including what proved to be the eventual game winner.
Kenyon had a great receiving night. He led the squad with 11 catches for 202 yards and accounted for almost half of Perry’s points with 18.
The tandem connected a second time right before the half when Garrido found Kenyon on a slant where he scampered 67 yards for the score and a Bluejays’ 14-13 lead.
That lead increased to four points when Perry’s kicker German Alvarenga made a 19-yard field goal.
After the half the Tigers had a short lived 20-17 lead until Garrido found senior Reece Dunlap for a 20-yard score. Dunlap finished with six catches for 137 yards.
“We have athletes in those outside positions that can make plays. We just need to have the o-line [offensive line] give us time to throw,” Perry’s co-head coach Ben Coy said. “Alexis needs to make the correct read and get rid of the ball on time. Then the receivers need to run good routes and make plays on the ball. On Friday all those pieces came in sync.”
The Tigers would grab the lead again in the fourth but after Kenyon’s third TD the Bluejays’ defensive unit halted anymore Gilbert scores.
On the ground the Bluejays tallied 96 yards on 28 carries led by Garrido’s 68 yards on 12 attempts.
Defensively the unit amassed 56.5 total tackles including two sacks. Junior Kaleb Olejniczak led the team with 10 total tackles with six solo and eight tackle assists.
Up next Perry looks for their first home win this Friday when they welcome top 10 ranked Class 3A District 2, the (5-1) Webster City Lynx.
“They can’t worry about Webster City and their sixth or seventh ranking. They need to have the confidence that offensively they can make plays,” Coy said. “With the Success they had Friday night breaking a couple records that confidence should be there. Defensively we need to be ready to play physical football. Webster city is a physical team that likes to run the ball. We need all 11 guys willing to step up, take on blocks and make tackles.”