LAST MEETING — Perry posted a 27-8 victory in a game marred by rough play, as Saydel was flagged four times for dead-ball personal fouls. Will Whiton was just 3-5-1 for 34 yards in the air but ran for 192 yards and three touchdowns to help guide Perry. The Bluejays ran for 272 yards while holding the Eagles to 105 rushing yards (81 on their lone score, which came late in the fourth quarter) and 95 yards passing.
ABOUT THE BLUEJAYS — Whiton is 53-112-3 for 921 yards and nine TDs passing while Cavan Finn is 12-29-0 for 190 yards and two TDs. Ben Daniels has 30 catches for 700 yards and seven TDs. Only two players in 3A who have more than 20 catches average at least 20 yards per snag: Daniels at 23.3 on 30 grabs and Grinnell’s Christian Mertens, who has 20 catches for 20.7 ypc. Daniels needs 142 yards against Saydel to top 1,000 for his career. Nic Wilhelmi (11-139) and Whiton (8-116) are the only other Jays with triple-digits in receiving yardage. Whiton has rushed 137 times for 741 yards and six scores; he had eight TDs and 811 yards on the ground last year. Seth Stetzel has come on strong in the past three games and now has 365 yards and two TDs on 86 carries. Michael Lansing and Wilhelmi are 2-3 in District 1 with 103 and 99 tackles respectively. Lansing needs just seven tackles to give the senior linebacker 200 stops for his career. Perry has intercepted three passes and recovered 13 fumbles. The Jays have been outscored 182-167 this season.
ABOUT THE EAGLES — Saydel has yielded 378 points while scoring 124. They have been outscored 288-31 during a seven-game losing streak since posting a 46-27 win over Clarke in week two for their lone victory this season. Clayton Sommers has had the majority of work at quarterback, where he is 26-81-7 for 326 yards and four scores. He also leads the ground game, having carried 120 times for 604 yards and six scores. Dylan Coffin has rushed for five TDs and 497 yards on 104 attempts, with Evan Andrews (28-177, 1 TD) and Grant Sherman (28-85) also main rushers. Jake Sherman has 11 catches for 136 yards to pace the receiving corps. The defense has six fumble recoveries and six interceptions and is led by Jake Sherman’s 51 tackles.