Thursday, December 7, 2023

Perry holds off CVCA

PERRY—A 24-point second quarter provided Perry with the momentum it needed to hold off Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in a Division IV, Region 14 quarterfinal at Alumni Stadium on Saturday.

The Pirates beat the Royals, 48-34.

“I think Cameron Rogers, the turnover for a score, really got us going and gave us some momentum and we were able to capitalize on it and get some defensive stops and then offensively we got things going,” Perry coach Matt Rosati said. “The second quarter was huge for us, obviously. We got a little bit out of rhythm in the second half but fortunately, we were able to hold them off and finish with a victory.”

Sampson Agostine booted a 24-yard field goal to give the Pirates an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter. CVCA responded with a 19-yard touchdown pass but failed to convert the extra point.

Jaylen Anderson opened the second quarter with a 45-yard touchdown run to regain the lead for Perry and Rogers returned a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown and a 17-3 Perry lead.

Anderson, who finished with 15 carries for 137 yards, added a five-yard touchdown run and Agostine kicked a 34-yard field goal to close out the scoring for Perry in the second quarter.

Perry, who outgained CVCA 315-134 in the first half with 219 rushing yards, led 27-12 at the break.

CVCA rallied in the second half—and at one point pulled to within 34-28—but the Pirates held on for the win.

Drew Schiano threw two second-half touchdown passes to Anthony Rosati to hold off the Royals.

Allen ran for 109 yards on 10 carries for the Pirates and Schiano completed 11-of-20 passes for 142 yards and the two scores.

“It’s very important because in the playoffs you have to be able to have a number of different guys contribute,” Coach Rosati said of the performance of several different players. “You can’t just rely on one guy. We were fortunate to get some contributions from Jalen and Jacob Allen played a great game, Jake Reid, Anthony Rosati played a real nice game and Drew, his first playoff game, he stepped up and did a nice job.”

Perry will play Girard in a regional semifinal on Nov. 10.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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