Undefeated

Kennedy Wagner
Senior QB, Brock Purdy dodges a tackle from Highland. The Pumas beat the Hawks, 56-6.

SECOND YEAR UNDEFEATED; THIS TIME DIFFERENT

The Pumas are now 6-0, after their win Friday night over Highland. They have come out strong this year, showing that they are ready to compete for the state title. The team is heading off into a bye-week before playing the top-ranked Chandler Wolves on Friday, October 6th. They are expecting it will be a good game and they are ready to play their best and hopefully come out with another win. This is the second year in a row that the Pumas will face off with the Wolves carrying an undefeated title. Last season the Pumas fell short of a success in the game, but this year they insist it will be different.

“I think we need to keep a humble attitude and just really focus, hustle, and prepare well this week and next week to get ready for the game,” stated junior linebacker, Ryan Flores.

The team is hoping that their hard work both on and off the field will make itself known when they are put to the test.

They are taking the 6A division by storm, and are not letting anything get in the way.

“It means a lot that they are staying on the course and working hard,” head coach Preston Jones said. He said his team is “living up to their potential as of right now.”

They are working very hard to maintain their title as the number one team left in the conference, and they hope the confidence that they have gained this season will carry them all the way to state.

HIGHLAND GAME

Last Friday night, the undefeated Perry Pumas went head to head with the undefeated Highland Hawks. Going into the game, Perry hoped to come out on top against Highland. With some very hard work and dedication on the field, Perry came out with the win over Highland, 56-6. Perry’s starting quarterback, Brock Purdy, had a great game, along with running back, Kenny Fultz, scoring four touchdowns just in the second half of the game. They also recorded 11 sacks by getting in to Highland’s backfield, continually.

Coach Jones said, “I think they are really really solid, they’re underrated but defense did a heck of a job” Jones went on to say, “Offense took a while to get going but we have good athletes on offense and they [Highland] have a good defense, so they’re the reason it took us a while.”

Perry has been working a lot on their defense this year in hopes that they will be able to put an end to Chandler’s hold of the state title.

OBERT LOVE

Richard Obert, AZCentral high school sports and recruiting reporter, has been focusing on the Pumas this season, as it has been one of their best seasons yet.

He has taken to Twitter multiple times to show his love for the team, saying “Perry is far better this year than last year when [it] got to final four” Obert has also made statements about senior quarterback, Brock Purdy, commending him on his success this season.

Obert wrote, “QB Brock Purdy, arguably the state’s Player of the Year in the season’s first half, was magnificent…” Obert has his eye on Perry and is following the team’s success this season. Obert came out and showed his love for the Pumas on Friday for their game against Highland. He kept rigorous tallies, tweeting updates out several times during the duration of the game.