From Staff Reports
Perry Central blew open a tight game with two third quarter touchdowns and pulled away for a 22-6 win at Richton on Friday in the season opener for both teams.
Both teams had opportunities in the first two quarters, but mistakes and penalties kept either squad from finding the endzone. The Bulldogs turned things up, however, in the third quarter. Senior Jamareon Gill put Perry Central on the board with an 11-yard run with 8:18 left on the third quarter clock and Ty Sumrall pushed the score to 8-0 with a strong run on the 2-point-conversion.
Sumrall stretched the lead on the Bulldogs’ next possession with an 8-yard TD run. Senior Paul James found the end zone on the 2-point try to take the lead to 16-0 with 3:32 left in the third quarter
James got a TD run of his own with 12-yard run with 5:24 left to play to put PCHS ahead 22-0. The PAT failed.
Richton found a way to end on a high note when senior quarterback Avery Carter found classmate Caleb Overstreet in the end zone on a 40-plus TD strike as time expired. The 2-point-conversion came up just short, but the Rebels closed the final margin to 22-6.
It was the first win for the Bulldogs in the Craig Cluff era. The new head coach said he was pleased with his team’s opening effort. Across the field, Richton head coach said he too was pleased with his team’s effort and thought there were a lot of positives to build on moving ahead.
Both teams will be at home next week for the second game of the season. Richton will host the Pisgah Dragons while Perry Central will take on Enterprise-Clarke in a battle of the Bulldogs in New Augusta.
See a more detailed report in this coming week’s edition of The Dispatch.