Bluejays unable to find momentum

Cesar J ToledoSports

As the whistle blew, indicating the end of the game, the Bluejays were left pondering what went wrong.

On Friday, September 4, the Jays varsity football team traveled to Alleman to take on the Comets of North Polk High School. The first quarter didn’t provide much as each team was having trouble finding the endzone. Credit can be given to both defenses for standing their ground and keeping each other from creating momentum.

At the start of the second quarter, the Comets were in the Jays’ territory as they threatened to end the scoreless contest. Bluejays sophomore Mark Campos made an important play when he sacked North Polk quarterback Max Karpinske, which forced the Comets to settle for three points.

Perry’s defense held the game at 3-0 throughout the quarter, until North Polk found a crease and scored a touchdown on a six-yard run. The Jays went into the locker room only down 10-0 at halftime.

The Bluejays came out poised and determined to erase the 10-point deficit. But it was the Comets who were able to take advantage and up the score to 24-0 by the end of the third quarter. That would be the last score of the game as the fourth quarter saw both teams exchanging possessions.

Momentum was sparse for the Jays as the offense just couldn’t seem to find their footing. Senior quarterback Ryan Rathje completed seven out of his 15 passes for 79 yards and one interception.

In the loss, Perry totaled 91 yards rushing on 24 attempts. The receiving core tallied 79 yards with Senior Tavier Lucas accounting for 49 of those yards on four receptions.

This was a nonconference game for Perry so they still have plenty of time to get back on track when they begin playing conference games next week. Throughout the game the team played with confidence and heart as they never quit on a play.

The team will look to earn their first win against the Gilbert Tigers this Friday, September 11