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Trying to solve the mystery of Perry CentralPosted Thursday, September 9, 2010, at 7:35 PM
When it comes to the football playoffs, Perry Central always seems to be a bit of a mystery when it comes to Class A Sectional 40. They are the located the farthest away of any of the eight post season foes.
Linton-Stockton, North Knox, North Daviess, Union (Dugger) and Wood Memorial are all members of the Southwest Seven Conference and face each other yearly.
Ironically, Tecumseh's first four games are against SW7 opponents, so the exploits of coach Tom Osborne's Braves also are well known.
The eighth member of Sectional 40 is Springs Valley, who regularly faces Linton-Stockton and North Daviess.
The Blackhawks are the only member of the sectional to play Perry Central and that's because they are both in the same conference.
Usually coaches and fans keep up with the Commodores by looking at the weekly Class A Poll. But to even add more mystery to PC, they dropped their first two games and slipped out of the Top 10.
"You can never count out Perry Central," Linton-Stockton coach Steve Weber said before the start of the 2010 season. "Just by their reputation, they are always in it."
Although the SW7 has gotten stronger in recent seasons, few could argue that it is better than the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference, which includes Class 2A Paoli, Mitchell and Crawford County. All of the members of the Southwest Seven are Class A teams.
If you look at the computer rankings, Perry's strength of schedule is the best by far of all the teams in Sectional 40.
The Miners do play Class 2A Sullivan, which has not been a powerhouse of late, and Class 3A West Vigo, but everyone else they play is a Class A school, largely because of the conference.
As Bear Bryant said in The Junction Boys, the movie about his 1954 training camp with Texas A & M, "We were so beat to s... that we could barely play the season."
A schedule should test and prepare you to make a run in the tournament.
To date, the Commodores lost to 3A Corydon Central 26-20 on the road. Even though the winning touchdown came on an 8-yard pass in the final three minutes, Perry Central fell behind for good when CC recovered their own fumble and turned the miscue into a 53-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Corydon Central quarterback Chase Burton did throw for 118 yards and three touchdowns against the PC defense.
In the opener, Perry quarterback Dee Jay Shaw was 9 of 16 passing for 91 yards and a touchdown. Mikey Wilkerson rushed 38 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a TD pass.
Forest Park, who has quickly turned into a power in Class 2A, has started 3-0 with wins over Gibson Southern, Perry Central (21-7) and Southridge, another pretty fair Class 2A team.
In the loss to Perry Central, pass defense was again a problem. The Rangers scored three times on TD throws (38, 31 and 28 yards) from Grant Welp. They did limit FP to 38 yards rushing on 30 attempts.
Wilkerson scored the lone PC score on a short run and Austin LeClere booted the PAT. Wilkerson had 115 yards on the ground on 30 rushes.
Perry Central jumped ahead 40-0 at intermission and cruised to a 52-0 victory over Crawford County last week.
Wilkerson had TD runs of 5, 1, 5 and 3 yards on his way to a season-high 172 yards on 20 carries. He did not play the second half.
Thanks to Perry County News sports editor Larry Goffinet and his staff for the information.
Mike Spencer's Commodores will play at West Washington Friday.
So what does it all mean? No matter how good or bad the Commodores will be by late October, nobody wants to the make two-hour plus bus ride to Leopold.
B.J. Hargis is sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext 12 or at email@example.com.
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