Pirates look for first win of season against Windsor

By 
Justin Hotop

Perryville football coach Blane Boss would probably like to put the first week of the season as far back in his memory as possible.
The Pirates fell to St. Clair 41-0 last Friday, but will look to get on the right side of the win column this week as they take on Windsor.
Perryville (0-1) is playing many sophomores and others with limited varsity experience. While Boss may not have liked the matter in which his team was beaten, he is glad that many of his players now understand the speed of the varsity level.
“It’s huge to get that first game under their belt, hopefully that helps,” Boss said. “We got the jitters and nervousness out of the way. To have their first varsity game against St. Clair is pretty tough.”
Defense has been the focal point for the Pirates in practice this week, specifically tackling technique.
“We didn’t do a very good job tackling last week and we have spent a lot of time wrapping up,” Boss said.
Windsor defeated Herculaneum 16-12 in week 1, largely because of their quarterback Derek Williams.
The signal caller rushed for 139 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries while throwing for 37 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Boss had high praise for the Owls quarterback.
“He is far and away their best player and probably one of the best players we will see all year,” Boss said. “We are really going to have to focus on our responsibilities and tackle well.”
Perryville last played Windsor in 2017, which was a 49-0 victory for the Pirates. While the coaching staff is still similar, much of what the Owls do on offense is not.
“They are spread out now on offense,” Boss said. “Back then they were trying to run some double wing stuff and were packed in tight.”
Defensively Boss is expecting some changes that hopefully his offense can take advantage of. Herculaneum was able to gain some yards in week 1 on the Owl defense, rushing for 343 yards with three players having at least 80.
Blackcat running back Chris Myers rushed for 162 and one score to lead Herculaneum offensively.
Boss hopes that some of that momentum wipes off on his offense as the Pirates had just 98 total yards in week 1 against St. Clair.
“We had two fumbles that set us back last week and those are things that we hoped we were able to fix this week. I hope that we are able to gain more yards this week. It will all come down to execution for us on both sides of the ball this week,”

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