Perry shakes off early scored by Goldwater, rolls to easy victory

Perry shakes off early scored by Goldwater, rolls to easy victory

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Perry shakes off early scored by Goldwater, rolls to easy victory

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After the initial shock of an early 10-0 deficit, Gilbert Perry head coach Preston Jones knew his team needed to re-focus.

Perry did just, rattling off 41 unanswered points to defeat Phoenix Barry Goldwater 41-10 in a Division II matchup Friday night.

“They came out and did some stuff that we weren’t prepared for,” Jones said of Goldwater’s early lead. “They came out with a whole new offense. It took us a while to figure their defense out and so we started off slow. Our focus wasn’t there when it should have been.”

After a field goal five minutes in, Goldwater senior cornerback Khalil Glover recovered a fumble and returned the ball 23 yards into Perry territory with 17 seconds remaining in the first quarter. On the next play, quarterback Taylor King-Cooper completed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Gino White to give his team a 10-0 advantage.

For Goldwater (2-7), the lead would be short lived.

Perry (6-3) punched the ball into the end zone for its first score of the game on a 1-yard carry by Nicholas Brickous with four minutes remaining in the second quarter. Perry then struck again on an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Austin Nightingale to Kyle Huckaby with 17 seconds remaining to take a 14-10 advantage at the half.

Perry didn’t look back after that, going on to score four more touchdowns before it was over.

“We didn’t make many changes at halftime,” Jones said. “We just talked about focus. We adjusted our attitude.”

The Perry defense did its part throughout the game and held Goldwater to a single first down in the second half.

“They played real well in first half, too, except for one play,” Jones said. “We didn’t have to make a lot of adjustments. Luckily, we’ve seen everything by this time of the year.”

Nightingale completed 9 of 18 pass attempts for 110 yards through the air for Perry, including a pair of touchdowns and interceptions, and also carried the ball seven times for 101 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Perry’s other scores came on a rushing touchdown from Vaughn Fredricks and a toss from Nightingale to Lane Veach.

King-Cooper threw for 125 yards and a score while completing 16 of 23 attempts for Goldwater, but was also intercepted twice. Goldwater didn’t have much going on the ground; King-Cooper finished with 15 carries for minus-three yards — although those numbers include a number of sacks — while the rest of the team combined to carry the ball six times. Through the air, Glover had five receptions, while Brendan Kauffman hauled in four.

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