Editor’s Note: The earlier version of this article inacurately stated that this would be Perry’s first four-win season in five years. The Bluejays’ last four-win season was in 2013, just four years ago. It also stated that
Perry’s football team has finally brought the “Cow Bell” back to their high school after defeating the visiting Greene County Rams.
In another Class 3A District 2 matchup, the host Bluejays (3-5) finally did what many other Perry teams haven’t done in a number of seasons, win the annual “Battle for the Cowbell,” when they beat the Rams (1-5) in a thrilling 17-14 overtime contest.
The Bluejays’ eventual third win looked inevitable through the majority of the game with the host leading the way for over three and a half quarters.
Perry opened up the game early when they took their first possession into the endzone as senior quarterback Alexis Garrido connected with junior Kaleb Olejniczak for a 41-yard score.
German Alvarenga, Bluejays’ kicker, would connect on his first of two extra point attempts to put the home team up 7-0.
It would remain that way the entire first half with the Bluejays’ defensive unit forcing the Rams’ offense into multiple three and outs.
On the Rams’ first possession after the half, Perry’s defense pressured the Rams into another punting situation, which put the Bluejays’ offense on their 23-yard line.
A few plays later Garrido found fellow senior Brandon Kenyon on a 75-yard strike and score but a holding penalty negated the score and forced Perry back 10 yards.
The possible 13-0 lead became a reality when on the next play senior running back Reece Dunlap broke through and sprinted 84-yards for the TD and a Perry 14-0 lead after an Alvarenga successful PAT.
In the fourth quarter and holding onto a two-touchdown lead the Bluejays’ defense was finally victimized when the Rams finally broke through on a 39-yard TD pass.
After the Bluejays’ offense stalled the Rams took over in the final minutes and marched down to Perry’s nine yard line.
The host’s defensive front stopped the Rams which included a sack with only seconds left before victory.
That celebration was short lived when after a Rams’ spike they hit pay dirt the very next play on a short TD pass forcing extra playing time.
In overtime the Bluejays’ defense made up for the earlier tying score when senior Mana Martinez intercepted the ball on fourth down.
A few plays later the Bluejays called for Alvarenga’s leg to put an end to the contest with the game winning field goal.
With a win this coming Friday, Oct. 20, against the host Iowa Falls-Alden Cadets, it would mark the Bluejays’ first four win season since 2013.