Third-ranked Chandler struck early and often on its way to a 56-10 win over visiting Perry in a Division I, Section I football game Friday.
The Wolves (6-2, 3-0) drove 63 yards down the field on its first possession for a touchdown and never looked back.
“We try to hurry up on offense,” Chandler coach Shaun Aguano said. “Our kids executed pretty well.”
Chandler used a balanced attack with quarterback Bryce Perkins hitting receivers downfield for big plays and running back Chase Lucas breaking off big runs.
“We wanted to get (Perkins) throwing the ball a little and see what he can do there and he executed pretty well,” Aguano said.
Perkins completed 13 of 16 passes for 247 yards and one touchdown in just one half of play. Perkins also ran for two touchdowns.
“We’ve started passing more so we knew that if we executed, it would be like that,” Perkins said.
Lucas rushed for 42 yards and one touchdown in a little over two quarters of play. Two of his runs on the Wolves’ first drive went for 23 and 10 yards that put Chandler into the red zone.
“He’s so fast, so electrifying,” Perkins said. “Every time he runs I know he can do something big.”
While the Chandler offense clicked and put up big numbers and its defense held Perry (2-6, 0-3) to just 10 points, both sides of the ball lacked discipline. The Wolves were called for 21 penalties for a total of 148 yards.
“To me, that is just being undisciplined,” Aguano said. “From a focus factor, I’ll get on them tomorrow and make sure that doesn’t happen again because in the playoff that’ll hurt us.”
A lot of those penalties on the defensive side extended drives for the Pumas. The Perry offense, however, couldn’t get into a rhythm all night and wasn’t able to capitalize most of the time.
“It’s hard,” Perry coach Preston Jones said, “We’re missing a couple of tailbacks, we’re missing a quarterback and that’s a good football team.”
Roy Dossey ran the ball well at times, but with no offensive rhythm he only ran for a total of 26 yards and one touchdown.
“Roy did a very nice job,” Jones said. “He’s worked his tail off and we’re glad to see him have some success as a senior.”
Perry will finish its season with two home games against Gilbert and Hamilton.
“We’re excited about the opportunity we have next week,” Jones said. “We’re just happy to be playing football still.”
Chandler, meanwhile, hopes to win its last two games and grab the No. 2 seed in the Division I state playoffs.
“Basha’s a very good team and Highland, too, both are pretty good teams,” Aguano said. “We want to try to finish off and probably get that No. 2 seed and go from there.”
Chandler 56, Perry 10
First Downs: Chandler 17, Perry 12
Rushing: Chandler 28-156, Perry 46-70
Passing (comp.-att.-TD-INT): Chandler 18-23-362-1-0, Perry 10-19-92-0-0
Fumbles-lost: Chandler 2-1, Perry 0-0
Penalties-yards: Chandler 21-148, Perry 3-15
Perry 0 7 0 3 -- 10
Chandler 14 21 7 14 -- 56
C: Perkins 6 run (Knutson kick)
C: Sykes 1 run (Knutson kick)
P: Dossey 1 run (Albrect kick)
C: Lucas 1 run (Knutson kick)
C: Perkins 1 run (Knutson kick)
C: McCulley 19 pass from Perkins (Knutson kick)
C: Moran 16 run (Knutson kick)
P: Albrect 35 FG
C: Culbreath 3 run (Knutson kick)
C: Ware 10 run (Knutson kick)