Perry coach Preston Jones did not want a flat first quarter performance from his team for the second consecutive week.
No worries there.
The Pumas scored 35 first quarter points Friday and cruised to a 55-28 Division II victory over visiting McClintock.
Perry (7-3) scored 28 points on 12 plays in less than 10 minutes of the opening quarter to put the game away early. It was a far cry from its game last week in which the Pumas fell behind 10-0 before beating Goldwater, 41-10.
“We thought we were going to get our scout teams a lot of playing time last week, and we came out very flat,” Jones said. “We did a much better job from the start tonight. I really liked how we came out excited.”
Perry’s two-headed quarterback combination of Austin Nightingale and Taelon Parson led the way offensively for the ninth-ranked Pumas. Parson scored three times and Nightingale threw for a pair of scores and ran for another.
“It’s homecoming, we have the playoffs coming, we knew we had to let it all out,” said Parson, who scored twice in the game’s first four minutes.
Parson scored on Perry’s first play, a 22-yard run, and then caught a 25-yard pass from Nightingale less than two minutes later for a quick 14-0 lead.
After the Pumas recovered a fumble, Kenny Lewis scored from 29 yards out and it was 21-0 before the Chargers (2-8) had a first down.
“I thought our defense really played well. I don’t think our first-string gave up a first down,” Jones said.
Nightingale made it 28-0 on a 9-yard run and on McClintock’s next possession, Marcus Pane recovered a fumble in the end zone for a 35-0 lead and there was still 1:24 to play in the first quarter.
“We feel really ready for the playoffs,” Parson said. “We’ll take on anyone, but of course you would always like a shot at the No. 1 seed.”
McClintock eventually got its running game going in the second quarter. Sammy Jones scored a pair of touchdowns to cut the deficit to 35-14 at halftime. Jones rushed for 130 of his game-high 191 yards in the first two quarters and finished with three scores.
Perry supplied the dagger on the first possession of the second half, going 63 yards in 15 plays. The Pumas converted a pair of fourth downs and capped the drive with a 1-yard run from Reggie Blader.
Perry went on to score on a 7-yard pass from Nightingale to Parson and on a blocked punt recovered in the end zone by Craig Mahaffy.
“We’re playing like we want to right now,” Jones said. “We’re healthy. We have a bunch of running backs who can play. And our quarterbacks give us different ways to move the ball. We’re excited for next week.”
Perry 55, McClintock 28
M – 0 14 0 14 – 28
P – 35 0 20 0 – 55
First downs: M 12; P 18
Rushes-Yards: M 42-242; P 39-212
Passing Yards: M 53; P 139
Comp-Att-Int: M 3-9-0; P 12-21-1
Penalties-yards: M 3-15; P 7-55
Fumbles-lost: M 4-2; P 2-1
P – Parson 22 run (Aguirre kick)
P – Parson 25 pass from Nightingale (Aguirre kick)
P – Lewis 29 run (Aguirre kick)
P – Nightingale 9 run (Aguirre kick)
P – Pane fumble recovery in end zone (Aguirre kick)
M – Jones 1 run (Gomez run)
M – Jones 2 run (run failed)
P – Blader 1 run (Kallen kick)
P – Parson 7 pass from Nightingale (pass failed)
P – Mahaffy recover blocked punt in end zone (Kallen kick)
M – Jones 2 run (Jones run)
M – King 56 pass from Weinberg (run failed)