All eyes were on the match up between Perry and Pinnacle Friday night to open the prep football season, as two of the state's top quarterbacks went head-to-head in a must-see game.
It was expected to be an offensive battle between Perry’s Chubba Purdy, a four-star dual-threat quarterback committed to the University of Louisville, and a 4-star pro-style quarterback committed to the University of Michigan.
However, it was the Pioneers' defensed that shined as Pinnacle defeated Perry 39-14.
“I really think our defense played well enough to win,” Perry coach Preston Jones said. “I know it doesn’t seem like that with 39 points, but most of those points are because of our offense.”
Purdy and the Pumas struggled at times to move the ball down the field and were forced to punt numerous times. That, along with a fumble, gave the Pioneers great field position on multiple occasions.
An interception by Pinnacle's Dane White at the end of the fourth quarter also worsened the blow.
Pinnacle showed why they are among the elite programs. Needless to say, Jones knew it wouldn't be a cakewalk.
“They were more physical than us and they made plays,” Jones said. “They’re a good football team. We knew we were going to have to play well and we didn’t.”
Overthrown passes, penalties and a lack of utilization in the run-game led to the downfall of Perry (0-1) to open the season.
Jones said all of those issues will be addressed as the Pumas prepare to take on Mountain View (0-1) next week.