Case in point. Perry’s boys opened its year Feb. 18 by beating Houston County 4-3. That’s the first time in its history, Panthers Head Coach Sam Said said, that Perry has beaten the Bears.
Perry’s girls lost to Houston County 2-1 but on Monday beat Warner Robins 4-1, which also may be a first in school history.
Houston County on the other hand played at Upson-Lee Monday with the girls falling 4-0 and the boys coming up short 3-1.
Short because, “It was 1-1 with five minutes left and the ref gave them a PK to go up 2-1,” said Bears Head Coach Heath Burch, who added: “I was pleased with the way we played for 65 minutes. We have to finish games.”
Erik Douglas scored Houston County’s only goal in that match.
All told, the Demons then are the only ones unscathed at this moment. But even they had a scare Monday against Perry. Warner Robins’ boys opened the year by beating Mary Persons 2-0 Feb. 18. Then on Monday the Demons had to resort to penalty kicks for a 5-3 win.
“We played with heart and intensity but made some mistakes that need to be corrected before we start region play against Colquitt County on Saturday,” said Warner Robins Head Coach Andy Bailey. “We couldn’t have asked for a better non-region match than with Perry (though). They are a top notch team with a great deal of talent.”
The two finished regulation tied at 3. Tyler Daly provided all of the Demons’ points (the Panthers’ scoring was unknown as of press time). After the Panthers had taken a 1-0 lead, he scored at the 27:31 mark to tie things up. That’s how they remained at the half. Perry scored twice in the second half to go up 3-1 before Daly scored on a penalty kick at 73:24 to make it 3-2 and then again at 77:41 with an assist by D.J. Garrett.
Sean Taylor also had five saves in goal for the Demons while Kyler Richmond, Bailey said, “gave a strong performance at the center mid field position and Jonathan Caza had an outstanding night at sweeper.”