PERRY TOWNSHIP â€” The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers spoiled the Perry Commodoresâ€™ homecoming game with a 20-7 victory Friday night.
It was the third straight win for W-G, which is now 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the Northwest Central Conference.
â€śThe defense really stepped up tonight,â€ť W-G coach Gary Spencer said. â€śWe kept the Commodores to under 100 yards on offense.â€ť
Both teams had trouble with traction thanks to wet conditions on the field. Perry struggled on its option ground attack while W-G struggled to run the ball and had to rely more on its passing game for the win.
â€śWith the wet conditions it was hard to get traction,â€ť Spencer said. â€śThe offense needs to take what the defense gives them. We held up good playing as a team.â€ť
Gabe Hennon led the Tigers with 17 carries for 70 yards. W-G also had production from Cody Baker rushing for 38 yards. Colton Miller also finished the night with 23 yards.
The Tigers took a 6-0 lead with 7:45 left in the first quarter on a 29-yard Garret Miller-to-Eli Oâ€™Leary touchdown pass.
Having great field position in the first half helped the Tigers to two touchdowns. W-Gâ€™s made it 12-0 with a five-yard run by Cody Baker at the 7:55 mark of the second quarter.
The Commodores forced a Tiger fumble on the 48 yard line at the 2:49 mark. Perry capped off a 12-play, 48-yard drive for its only touchdown, a five-yard touchdown pass from T.J. Sloan to Quis Woods at the :09 mark of the half to make it a score of 12-7.
W-G came out airing it out in the second half. Garrett Miller had a 10-yard reception to Oâ€™leary, a 17-yarder to Colton Miller, a 27-yard completion to Hennon and 27-yarder to Evan Humes for his only touchdown reception of the night.
Garrett Miller connected with Humes to lift W-G to a 20-7 lead.
Late in the third quarter, the Tigers had another crack at the end zone after Lee Turner caught a 52-yard pass to give W-G the ball at the 7 yard line.
But several penalties and negative plays prevented the Tigers from scoring during the final quarter.
â€śWe need to step up in the beginning,â€ť first-year Perry coach Jesse Kill said. â€śWe started out slow and then tried digging ourselves out of a hole. Itâ€™s hard to put points up when youâ€™re a running team.
â€śBoth teams played very hard but we kept on battling. The injury of our team leader and quarterback T.J. Sloan hurt us during the third quarter. â€ś