Perryville football team snaps 6-game skid with homecoming win over Scott City
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- On Saturday, for the first time this season, Perryville senior Brandon Renaud was able to take a knee to end a game.
Renaud did so twice to run out the clock on a 46-33 homecoming victory over Scott City to end a six-game losing streak for the Pirates, who closed out their regular-seson schedule with a 2-7 record.
"This is a good game for districts," said Renaud, who rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two more. "It's got our hopes up. We know what we're capable of now. We didn't make any mistakes this game and did our job."
That's been a problem for the Pirates and Renaud, who broke his ankle over the summer and didn't make his season debut until Week 5. He returned amid a two-game skid and has only seen it extended since.
He had thrown more interceptions than touchdowns in his previous four games, including two interceptions a week earlier in a loss to Windsor in which the Pirates committed four turnovers. His completion percentage also was below 40 percent, unexpected struggles for a player that threw for 1,500 yards and 14 TDs as a junior.
He reversed that trend against the Rams, completing 10 of 16 passes with no interceptions while rushing for 167 yards on 19 carries.
"They did a good job up front, and Brandon did a nice job with some good reads. He did a good job throwing the ball and did a nice job running the ball," Perryville coach Mike Wojtczuk said. "I think he's starting get back to the old Brandon. I think he's starting to get most the rust knocked off now, and what a better time to have that happen than going into districts."
Against Scott City (6-3), Renaud wasted little time in working out the kinks, breaking loose for a 70-yard TD run on the Pirates' first play from scrimmage. The kick failed, but the Pirates led 6-0 just 22 seconds into the contest.
It was the first step in helping offset another big game by Rams senior running back Braden Cox, who rushed for four TDs for a third consecutive week and finished with 284 yards on 45 carries. He had two 3-yard TD runs in the first half, and he had scoring runs of 67 yards and 1 yard after intermission.
Scott City answered Renaud's TD with a 12-play, 61-yard drive that was capped by Cox, and Jimmy May's PAT gave the Rams their only lead of the game, 7-6, at the 5:37 mark.
The lead lasted all of 61 seconds, as Perryville covered 71 yards in just two plays. After a 3-yard run by Renaud, he got the Rams to bite on a play-action pass, hooking up with junior receiver Bryce Flaherty on a 68-yard TD. A conversion pass to Eric Roth gave the Pirates a 14-7 lead.
The more methodical Rams answered with another 12-play drive and a 3-yard TD run by Cox, which came on a fourth-down play.
Perryville went ahead for good when it scored on its third straight possession, needing eight plays to set up a 6-yard bootleg run by Renaud that went for a TD. A conversion run by senior Kyle Creason gave the Pirates a 22-14 lead at the 7-minute mark.
"We were really excited about the way our offense played today," Wojtczuk said. "For the past few weeks, it's kind of been our Achilles' heel, especially our red-zone offense. I thought we did a good job with that today."
Perryville was forced to punt on its following possession, but junior Garrett Richardet intercepted a Ty Wilthong pass on the following series to start the Pirates at the Scott City 42 with 1:19 left in the half. Perryville cashed in with 14 seconds left when Renaud found senior Garrett Dix on the right edge of the end zone for a 15-yard TD on a third-and-11 play to send the Pirates into the locker room with a 30-14 lead.
It was the seventh TD catch on the season for the Pirates' leading receiver.
"This was huge," Dix said. "Going on a big losing streak, it was pretty frustrating week after week. This week was a good time."
Renaud had 127 yards rushing at the break, while Cox also had broke the century mark with 115 yards on 23 carries.
Cox quickly added to his total in the second half, breaking loose for a 67-yard run on a third-and-2 play on the Rams' first possession. Scott City recovered an ensuing squib kick but ultimately gave the ball back deep in Pirates territory. However, they did force a punt and regained possession at their own 49 and covered the distance on nine straight running plays by Cox and sophomore Sam Elders, who scored on a 7-yard run with 2:36 left in the third quarter that trimmed the deficit to 30-26.
After May whiffed on the ensuing onside kick, Perryville took over at the Scott City 40 and quickly faced a fourth-and-8 at the 38. Renaud found sophomore Marcus Mahathath over the middle for a 10-yard gain.
"We ended up scoring on that drive," Renaud said. "That was huge."
Renaud did the honors from 6 yards out four plays later. His conversion pass to Mahathath extended the advantage to 38-26 with 9 seconds left in the third quarter.
Cox scored his final TD with 7:05 left to cut the deficit to 38-33, and Perryville turned the ball back over to Scott City when it suprisingly thew on a fourth-and-2 play from the Rams' 6. The ball was dropped by Dix in the end zone, giving the Rams life.
However, Scott City failed to pick up a first down and returned possession to the Pirates at the 13. Creason sealed the game with a 2-yard TD run with 1:41 left.
"Defensively, we just couldn't get off the field all day," Scott City coach JIm May said. "I'm not sure why. We should have people there, and we weren't there in the right spot. It was like we were a step slow. I don't think it'll change anything as far as our district seed. We've got to go get to work."
Scott City will begin the Class 1 District 1 playoffs as the No. 3 seed and will host rival Chaffee, the sixth seed, on Friday. The Rams defeated Chaffee 42-13 in Week 5.
Perryville will travel to Farmington in a first-round game in Class 4 District 1.
P -- Brandon Renaud 70 run (kick failed), 11:38
SC -- Braden Cox 3 run (Jimmy May kick), 5:37
P -- Bryce Flaherty 68 pass from Renaud (Eric Roth pass ), 4:36
SC -- Cox 3 run (May kick), 11:15
P -- Renaud 6 run (Kyle Creason run), 7:00
P -- Garrett Dix 15 pass from Renaud (Renaud run), :14
SC -- Cox 67 run (pass failed), 10:31
SC -- Sam Elders 7 run (run failed), 2:36
P -- Renaud 6 run (Marcus Mahathath pass), :09
SC -- Cox 1 run (May kick), 7:05
P -- Creason 2 run (Renaud run), 1:41
RUSHING -- Scott City, Cox 45-284, Elderrs 9-26, Caden Hillemann 1-(-1), Team 1-(-3); Perryville, Renaud 19-167, Ross Hadler 1-(-6), Creason 8-49.
PASSING -- Scott City, Ty Wilthong 7-19-2-69; Perryville, Renaud 10-16-0-147.
RECEIVING -- Scott City, Eli Berry 1-11, Elders 2-5, Jaden Kaiser 3-41, Hillemann 1-12; Perryville, Flaherty 3-77, Hadler 1-7, Dix 4-37, Garrett Richardet 1-16, Mahathath 1-10.