Perry made it blatantly obvious what they were going to do on The Opening drive, pound the rock. The Pumas got the ball at their own 1 to start the game but marched the length of the field and took 6 minutes off the clock but came away with no points, missing a field goal.
The Puma D came out hot as well, forcing two punts but on the second, Perry muffed the punt return and Marcos recovered near midfield.
Andrew Molina, starting in place of Josh Eckley, threw a TD pass to sophomore WR Kamron Johnson, to break the tie and give Marcos the 7-0 lead in the 2nd quarter.
Perry again drove the field but turned the ball over on downs, again Marcos would capitalize. Junior Josh Eckley entered the game and led the Padres right down the field. He completed a pass to Paul Elvira and then to Jacquese Moore to get Marcos on the board again. 14-0.
Marcos drove the field at the end of the half and got inside the 5 yard line but the clock ran out.
Marcos set the tone for the second half, going on a 15 play, 5 minute drive to open the half. Antonio Warner's short run put the Padres up 21-0.
Perry responded with a long drive of their own, this time converting and getting on the board. Reggie Blader, who had a great night, scored to cut the lead to 21-7.
Perry threatened to score in the 4th but threw an INT and never got any closer.
Final: Marcos 21 Perry 7
Marcos won the game but Perry had plenty of chances; a first quarter missed field goal, a muffed punt recovered by Marcos that led to a TD, a 4th quarter visit to the redzone that led to no points. Marcos' defense played bend but not break and give them credit for making the most of turnovers.
Josh Eckley from Marcos made plays on the ground and in the air. He threw the Padre's second TD to Jacquese Moore and was instrumental in their 15 play drive that set up their third and final TD.
Marcos Over Perry
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