At times it almost seemed too easy against Boone.
During a post game interview Carroll Head Coach, Dennis McCartan said that any time his team went to the I-formation any play in the playbook was open.
That will happen sometimes in a dominating 55-13 victory. After the first five weeks of the season, though, it seemed that Carroll was due for a week of rest. That’s what they had against Boone, and it would seem that’s what they have this week against Perry as well.
The Bluejays, much like Boone enter the game winless.
There is one major difference between the Toreadors and the Bluejays though. And it all comes down to defense.
While Boone, prior to their 42-point loss against Carroll, had played toe-to-toe with most of their season foes, Perry has had a lot of quick games. The reason isn’t because every team that has played Perry likes to run the ball, but because all but two of Perry’s games have featured a continuous clock.
Last week Carroll was able to make Boone a passing only team by taking away the running lanes in the first quarter.
This week they might be trying to do the same thing.
Perry is led by running back Wilber Ramirez, who comes into the game with 151 yards and one touchdown off 61 rushing attempts. Behind him is Kato Dougan who has rushed the ball nine times for 114 yards. Cori Alamina has added 81 yards of rushing offense.
The other seven Perry players that have tried to run the ball this season have a net gain of -2 yards of offense.
So it seems that the Bluejays would try to let the ball fly on offense.
Jacob Nelson, the quarterback for Perry has been active in the passing game. He’s thrown the ball 58 times, completing 18 passes for a total of 180 yards. He’s even thrown for two touchdowns, including an 84 yard bomb to Dougan.
However, Nelson tends to get too much air under his passes. He’s been intercepted nine times this year.
Jeremiah Baker is another option for Perry at the quarterback position. He’s attempted 11 passes with five completions for 59 yards. He has one 56-yard touchdown throw under his belt and also has an interception.
Leading the receiving corps for the Bluejays is Dougan with eight catches for 139 yards. Ever Tobar has eight grabs for 44 yards. Byron Melendrez has one catch for a 31-yard touchdown. Ramirez has caught four passes for 21 yards and a score.
Ramierz is an all-around athlete for the Bluejays. He leads the team with 31.5 tackles and has a solo tackle for a loss. He also has one interception that he returned for 57 yards.
Cole Snyder leads Perry with four tackles for a loss. He has 28.5 total tackles this year.
The growth and vision of senior quarterback Colby Vincent could continue this week. Currently he is 73 yards away from eclipsing the 1,000 yard passing mark this year. Vincent has 10 touchdown tosses on the year with eight interceptions.
The running back by committee approach of Carroll has been useful so far. Korey Nieland leads the way with 286 yards. Ryan Johnston has 205 yards. Together those two have scored seven of the 10 running touchdowns for Carroll.
Defensively the Tigers are as fierce as anyone in class 3A. Ty Nissen continues to lead the attack with 36.5 tackles, including 10 tackles for a loss this year.