PERRY TOWNSHIP — The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers spoiled the Perry Commodores’ 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.
“The defense really stepped up tonight,” W-G coach Gary Spencer said. “We kept the Commodores to under 100 yards on offense.”
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.
“With the wet conditions it was hard to get traction,” Spencer said. “The offense needs to take what the defense gives them. We held up good playing as a team.”
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 O’Leary touchdown pass.
Having great field position in the first half helped the Tigers to two touchdowns. W-G’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 O’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.
“We need to step up in the beginning,” first-year Perry coach Jesse Kill said. “We started out slow and then tried digging ourselves out of a hole. It’s hard to put points up when you’re a running team.
“Both 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. “