Pirates shut out in season opener

By 
Justin Hotop

Perryville football coach Blane Boss has grand visions for his option-based running attack this year and during his tenure. Those visions probably look a lot like what St. Clair produced on Friday.
The Bulldogs gained chunks of yards with their flex bone offense, without a single pass, seemingly every play as they rolled to a 41-0 victory over the Pirates at St. Clair High School.
“We’ve got a lot of younger kids playing this year and upperclassmen that don’t have much game experience,” Boss said. “For many of them this was their first varsity experience. But that’s still no excuse to lose the way we did.”
Many of those players with limited experience are on the offensive and defense lines and that inexperience showed as the Pirates gained 98 total yards in the game. The Pirates could not gain any traction on offense as Jay Jannin was the team’s leading rusher with 29 yards on five carries. Last year’s leading offensive threat, quarterback Evan Daugherty, had 13 carries for 15 yards and was five of seven through the air for 25 yards.
Senior Dawson Camden collected every completion for the Pirates.
On the flip side, St. Clair could do no wrong.
The Bulldogs scored once in each of the first two quarters, with two notable miscues, a fumble on the 2-yard line after a 40-yard run, and a low line drive punt that hit a St. Clair lineman before a Perryville recovery.
While the Pirates were within shouting distance at halftime, the Bulldogs turned it up in the second half. St. Clair scored in two plays and 39 seconds, to begin the third quarter Madairius Miles set up the score with a 50 yard run. Landon Roberts scored his second touchdown of the game with a 16-yard scamper to the endzone to widen St. Clair’s lead to 21-0.
“At times when we executed we got those big plays,” St. Clair coach Brian Robbins said. “Then we didn’t, we didn’t get much. That’s the game of football, but we have to get our assignments and techniques down. Our guys played hard and put the effort in, which in week 1 is al you can hope for.”
While the Bulldogs had two miscues that the Pirates couldn’t take advantage of, the Pirates committed two fumbles in the third quarter, which St. Clair converted into a pair of touchdowns. Lance McCoy scored his first of two touchdowns after a Pirates turnover on their own 11-yard line and Dakota Gotsch scored from 25 yards out which turned the game into a runaway 35-0 margin.
“Those things kill the momentum and hopefully we got the fumbling out in week one and that’s the end of it,” Boss said. “St. Clair had two as well so it evened out.”
Perryville will attempt to put the loss behind them as they move on to face Windsor this Friday.
“We want to improve each week and we have to worry about Perryville first though before we worry about anyone else,” Boss said.

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