Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 11 ; Perkins Carries SC to Win over GW

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 11 ; Perkins Carries SC to Win over GW

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This isn't your big brother's South Charleston team, but it might just prove to have a lethal offense after all. Senior running back CJ Perkins carried a career-high 40 times Friday night, running for 310 yards and three touchdowns as SC (7-3) closed the regular season with a surprisingly easy 48-21 win at rival George Washington (7- 3).

"We watched film and we knew we could run the ball, SC coach Donnie Mays said after the win. "I've been saying that maybe we're not the passing team that we've been in the past, but we've got guys on the perimeter who will block their butts off, and that young man right there, Pooh-Bear, oh my God it's good to watch that stuff.

Black Eagles all-state and J.R. House Award-winning quarterback Kentre Grier threw the ball just once after halftime, as SC ran 67 times for 497 yards.

Grier was 4 of 10 for 77 yards and an interception, but he jump- started the offensive onslaught early in the game. On the third play from scrimmage, he hit sophomore Curon Cordon for a 43-yard touchdown pass with just 56 seconds elapsed off the clock.

But it was the SC defense that dictated the tone of the game early on. GW took the ensuing kickoff and marched the length of the field to the SC 1. On first-and-goal, however, GW senior quarterback Kaleb Mackey had the ball poked out from under his arm on a sneak attempt and SC's Lawrence Cunningham recovered.

It took SC just six plays from its own 1 before Grier found Derrek Pitts for a 22-yard touchdown pass that made it 14-0.

The rest of the game was, essentially, Perkins'.

"All week I had been sick so I hadn't been at practice, said Perkins, who has been suffering from a sinus infection. "Coach Mays believed in me and he put the rock in my hands and we got the job done.

With the win, South Charleston assured itself of a Class AAA playoff spot. George Washington had already secured its berth but might have lost the opportunity to host a first-round game. Final playoff ratings from the Secondary School Activities Commission will be announced tonight.

George Washington, down 14-0, had another chance deep in SC territory on its second possession. …

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