LAST MEETING — Atlantic scored twice in the final three minutes of the first half to take a 14-0 lead en route to a 41-6 victory at Dewey Field. The Trojans held the Bluejays to just 37 yards passing and only 65 rushing yards on 35 carries. The lone Perry points came with the hosts trailing, 35-0, when Nic Wilhelmi scooped up a fumble and ran 37 yards for a touchdown with just over five minutes remaining in the game. Atlantic angered Perry by repeatedly throwing the ball deep after leading by 28 or more points in the second half. The Trojans threw three passes of at least 20 yards in the fourth quarter, and the memory of those acts could figure into the way tonight’s game unfolds.
ABOUT THE BLUEJAYS — Perry has struggled to find consistency on offense and has been plagued by numerous three-plays-and-a-punt possessions that have slowly worn down a defensive unit that has played better than the numbers indicate. The Jays have been outscored 116-149 in their six games overall and by a 56-118 margin in their four district games. They fell to Creston, 28-21, and to Lewis Central, 17-7; Atlantic lost to Creston 28-14 and was blanked by LC 42-0. Will Whiton is 38-87-3 for 656 yards and six TDs through the air, with Cavan Finn 11-24-0 for 176 yards and two TDs in limited relief. Ben Daniels (21-495, 5 TDs), Wilhelmi (9-125) and Whiton (7-102) lead the receivers, with Whiton (102-516, 4 TDs) and Seth Stetzel (55-174, 1 TD) leading a ground game that has had trouble running between the tackles. Wilhelmi (78) and Michael Lansing (77) are the leading tacklers for a defense that has recovered 10 fumbles and forced three interceptions.
ABOUT THE TROJANS — Atlantic opened with a 7-3 win at Clarinda but since then has been outscored 176-28 in five consecutive losses. They are on the short side of a 108-14 points margin in three district games after falling, 38-0, to ADM last Friday. Joey Walker is 50-109-4 for 525 yards and one score while passing and has run for 229 yards and three TDs on 84 carries. Logan Steffens (83-268) and Jacob Dvorak (21-122, 1 TD) are the other main components of a ground game that has produced just 648 total yards. Brendan Holmes (15-27, 1 TD) and Sam Renaud (8-110) have been the most effective receivers for the Trojans. Steffens (51), Holmes (46) and Renaud (43) lead the team in tackles. Atlantic has fallen on nine fumbles from the opposition and has picked off two passes.