NORTH EAST — The Perryville football team sent a clear message to the Susquehanna Division with Friday’s win: watch out.
The Panthers scored on all but two drives in their 56-26 victory over host Rising Sun. Perryville (4-1 overall, 1-0 division) came in high from the first win on its brand new turf football field last week.
“It’s all about getting better and improving every week,” Panthers head coach Chris Johnson said. “We did some things really well offensively. We executed at a very high level. I told the kids if we can be this good offensively, there’s no reason we can’t be this good defensively. Rising Sun tries to pound it, eat up clock and we were having a hard time shutting them down tonight.”
The Panthers utilized a good bal- ance of the run and passing games to help them take a 35-6 lead by halftime. The ground game took complete control from there, as seniors Caleb Robinson and DJ Anderson combined for 244 yards.
Robinson was particularly lethal in the second half, gobbling up 83 of his 138 yards on just three carries. On several of his big runs, Robinson skillfully side-stepped or spun away from would-be tacklers in the secondary, and let his speed take care of the rest.
“It’s just natural; it’s not something you can think about when you’re running,” he said. “If you think about it then that’s when you get tackled or you do something stupid. The strategy was just keep the ball and run it down their throats. This is a rivalry and it’s always a fight every year, no matter what their record says.”
Perryville took just 92 seconds to get on the board in the first quarter, as quarterback Dayvon Montz capped a 52-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Matt
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Perryville senior running back Caleb Robinson (30) rushes with the football while Rising Sun senior Randy Leonard (11) prepares to make a tackle Friday. The Panthers prevailed, 56-26, in Susquehanna Division action.