Football makes it to playoff season

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With fall sports coming to an end, Perry football is close to wrapping up their 2019-2020 season. The team is ending their regular season with a record of  6-4 and is now moving on to the 6A Conference Playoffs.

The loss of many prominent seniors last year led to the Pumas suffering more losses than expected this year, which made them lose their spot in the Open Division Playoffs.

 “It’s been a season with some loses we wish we could get back, but you can’t look in the rear-view mirror otherwise you’ll get in a wreck, so we gotta look forward,” head coach Preston Jones mentions. 

The Pumas have also been affected when multiple starters got punished for breaking a team rule after homecoming, leading them to not play in the Cesar Chavez game.

Starting quarterback Chubba Purdy says, “especially after that Cesar Chavez game, a lot of us couldn’t play, I feel like it sort of ruined the smoothness of how the season was going.” The absence of multiple starters in the game cut off the rhythm the team had going on.

The Pumas are ranked #3 in the 6A Conference Playoff bracket, and will be playing #14 Mountain Ridge on November 8th at Perry High School in the first round of playoffs.

 “I think we are pretty confident because it’s 6A and obviously Chandler won’t be in it, so I think we have a good shot at winning,” Purdy states.

 In previous years, Chandler High School has been an obstacle for the Pumas in the championships, but since Chandler went undefeated this season they are placed in the Open Division Playoffs and will not have to play against the Pumas for the championship title.

“We are just confident in the progression of our preparation and if we prepare well, then we are gonna be confident with anybody we play against,” Jones says.

Although the Pumas won’t make it to the Open Division Championships, as previous years, the team will still have a shot at winning their first ever 6A Conference Championship title.

 

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