Perry earned perhaps its biggest win in school history with a 56-38 victory over Basha on Friday night.
"These boys, what we did to them this past week, they just responded," Perry coach Preston Jones said. "We have a great coaching staff that put together a great plan and the kids are coachable, and they did exactly what they were told to do. It was really neat to see that come together."
Most of the night was a shootout, as neither team seemed to be able to stop the other.
The Pumas (6-2 in Division II) led 28-24 at halftime thanks to an incredible first half from Perry quarterback Josh Uhlorn.
Uhlorn finished the night 15-of-20 passing for 280 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also caught a two-point conversion and ran the ball 17 times for 145 yards and a touchdown.
He also stood out on defense with two interceptions of Duran passes. The first came at the Perry 2-yard line, Duran's second interception at Perry's goal line on the night.
The Pumas led 42-31 at that point, but turned the ball right back over on Uhlorn's second interception of the game. The Bears converted that turnover into points as Duran hit Dionte Sykes for a 30-yard touchdown pass to cut the Pumas lead to 42-38.
That was as close as the Bears (6-2 in Div. I) got. On fourth-and-5 from the Perry 30-yard line, Mark Aguirre set up to punt, but Aguirre held the ball a few seconds and took off up the middle for a 15-yard gain and a Perry first down.
That play seemed to suck the life out of the Basha defense. A few plays later, Reggie Blader scored from 26 yards to put the Pumas up 49-38 with just over 8 minutes left in the game. Uhlorn ran for a 9-yard touchdown with three minutes left in the fourth quarter for the final margin of victory.
Duran finished 21-of-32 passing for 305 yards with four touchdown passes and four interceptions.
"Their offense has plenty of weapons and we knew coming in we had to shut down their passing offense," Uhlorn said. "They score in bunches and they score quick, and we just tried to step up. When you see that ball in the air you have to go get it. We stepped it up in the fourth quarter."
Uhlorn threw four touchdown passes in the first half, the final one a 66-yard strike to Logan Watts, who was wide open down the left side of the field. Watts, who intercepted a Kyle Duran pass on Basha's previous drive, found himself open past the secondary to give Perry the lead back.
The Pumas went for the two-point conversion and Uhlorn caught a pass from Javon Cole. Perry led 28-21, but Basha cut the lead to four on a 35-yard field goal by Justin Barber with seconds left before halftime.
"We thought we had a good plan, we have had a few guys that are hurt, and it's breaking us down a little bit," Basha coach Bernie Busken said. "Duran didn't practice all week because he has a bad ankle. A couple of those interceptions near the goal line really hurt us."
Basha lost its second consecutive game. Perry, unranked in Division II, lost back-to-back games against Queen Creek and Marcos de Niza, respectively, early in the season, but has now won four in a row since the Pumas' home loss to Marcos de Niza.
"It was a great win for the school and a great win for the program." Jones said.