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November 17, 2013

Unbeaten Maroons in region finals after 43-0 shut-out

Breeze past Perry County Central, but Harris, Madison Southern await

Somerset —

Was it a muddy track or the fact that homestanding Pulaski County held a huge advantage in pure athleticism and talent?
Doesn’t matter. The only thing that mattered on Friday night in the second round of the Class 5 A playoffs is the fact that Johnny Hines and crew sunk the Perry County Central Commodores.
After a relatively close first half on a soggy night, the Maroons exploded for 28 points in a decisive third quarter, putting the visiting Commodores away with an impressive, 43-0 beatdown over Justin Haddix’ club.
With the win, Pulaski County improved to a perfect, 12-0 on the season and advanced to its fourth regional championship game appearance in the past five years with yet another lopsided victory.
“We sputtered a little bit early on offense, but we had an outstanding performance from our defense tonight,” stated a very happy coach Hines after his club’s impressive win.
“We were making plays all over the field tonight, and I thought our defensive line maybe played about as well as we’ve ever played in a game up front,” continued the Maroon coach. “Will Mobley, Jake Roberts, Jesse Hudson, and Nate Roskind all played well, and they each had huge nights on the line this evening.”
Indeed, PC’s defense put the clamps on Perry County Central all night long, holding the Commodores to just 109 yards of total offense for the game.
And, despite that slow start out of the gate offensively on a muddy track, the PC offense came to life after a scoreless first period, racking up 467 yards of total offense and 43 points.
It all got started for the Maroons with 7:00 remaining in the first half when senior running back Aaron Smith scored the first of his three rushing touchdowns on the night.
Smith’s first score — a 16-yard scamper — gave the Maroons a 7-0 lead thanks to Derek Burgett’s PAT.

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