Turnovers cost Pan­thers in ugly loss to Rams

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— For the sec­ond year in a row, the Per­ryville foot­ball team opened its sea­son with a lop­sided loss to Edge­wood.

The Pan­thers fell to the vis­it­ing Rams 34-7 in non­di­vi­sional ac­tion Fri­day.

Per­ryville couldn’t have got­ten off to worse start of­fen­sively. Its first pos­ses­sion stalled af­ter just three plays and Edge­wood took over at the Pan­thers’ 19-yard line. Run­ning back Daryl Cooper then scored from 10 yards out for the Rams.

Per­ryville’s sec­ond drive in­cluded a pair of first downs, but ended with a fumble that Cooper scooped up and re­turned 65 yards for an Edge­wood touch­down.

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The Pan­thers fum­bled again just two plays later, giv­ing the Rams pos­ses­sion at the Per­ryville 27-yard line with 1:50 to play in the open­ing quar­ter. The de­fense moved Edge­wood back­wards over the next two plays, set­ting up a fourth-and-18 to be­gin the sec­ond pe­riod. On the first play of the quar­ter, Rams quar­ter­back Mar­quez Kim­brough threw a 35-yard touch­down pass to bring the score to 21-0.

The Pan­thers did not sur­ren­der an­other point un­til the fourth quar­ter.

“I liked the way our de­fense played. For 95 per­cent of the snaps, I thought we did a re­ally nice job,” Per­ryville coach Chris John­son said. “When we get out Oline fixed, I think we can be a re­ally good foot­ball team. I think our de­fense can keep us in pretty much ev­ery game.”

John­son ref­er­enced the fourth-down touch­down pass in the sec­ond quar­ter and a 43-yard run to the end zone in the fourth quar­ter by Der­rick Delilly as the only big plays his de­fense sur­ren­dered.

Less than one minute af­ter Delilly’s touch­down, an­other Pan­thers’ fumble gave Edge­wood pos­ses­sion at the Per­ryville 10-yard line. It re­sulted in a 3-yard score by Kim­brough on a quar­ter­back draw.

The Pan­thers cracked the score­board on a 17yard touch­down run by Zac Za­corous with 2:32 re­main­ing.

“I loved the re­silience of this team,” John­son said. “We had some holes to fill, we have very in­ex­pe­ri­enced kids in the of­fen­sive line and we strug­gled tonight, but they came out in that sec­ond half and got a three­and-out, we got the ball and played smash mouth and moved it right down the field.”

Per­ryville was with­out two start­ing of­fen­sive line­man, leav­ing play­ers start­ing at new po­si­tions. John­son said the var­sity ex­pe­ri­ence was cru­cial for some of the younger play­ers.

“We’ve got to learn from this and take it as a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Every­thing that we want is still in front of us,” he said. “We’ll get back to­gether on Mon­day and watch film and learn from it. We’ll work on get­ting ready for Wilm­ing­ton Friends, which is go­ing to be an­other tough task. They’re a good foot­ball team – well-coached, dis­ci­plined – they’re not go­ing to beat them­selves.”

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GROGAN

Per­ryville’s Ben Sav­ick, right, pur­sues Edge­wood’s Der­rick Delilly, left, dur­ing the vis­it­ing Rams 34-7 non-di­vi­sional foot­ball vic­tory Fri­day.

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