Charles Chandler, a senior wide receiver for the DeSales High School football team, has a simple rule of thumb about quarterback Alex Perrine.
Expect the unexpected.
“He makes plays at the times you don’t think he will,” said Chandler, who caught touchdown passes of 20 and 15 yards from Perrine as the host Stallions rolled to a 35-0 victory over Caledonia River Valley in the first round of the Division III, Region 10 playoffs Friday, Nov. 4. “Alex is getting comfortable in the pocket and just delivering the ball. I have a lot of faith in him.”
Throughout the regular season, DeSales has been powered by running backs Warren Ball and J.T. Blubaugh. Against Caledonia River Valley, Perrine, who entered the game with 857 yards passing and two touchdowns, became the primary offensive threat.
Perrine finished 9-for-11 for 155 yards and two touchdowns.
“I was really pleased with our passing game,” said DeSales coach Ryan Wiggins, whose squad improved to 7-3 and will play fifth-seeded Elida in the second round Friday, Nov. 11. “Everyone in the stadium knew that Warren was the guy to stop. (The Vikings) were being pretty dishonest between the tackles trying to stop the running game. We had to do some things to hit the perimeter and stretch the field to try to keep them honest.”
Perrine’s best moment may have come in the second quarter. Facing second-and-1 at the Vikings’ 42, Perrine avoided a sack and stepped forward to deliver perfect strike to Daulton Nebraska for a 22-yard gain.
Two plays later he delivered his second touchdown pass to Chandler for a 14-0 lead.
“I saw that they were blitzing at the last second,” Perrine said. “I tried to get out of that and then saw Daulton wide open.”
Ball finished with 163 yards to top the 1,000-yard mark. He also scored three touchdowns.
In the second half, Ball showed why River Valley needed to focus on him. He broke free on a 6-yard run for a touchdown three minutes into the third quarter to cap a seven-play, 85-yard drive and then broke a 55-yard touchdown run 3:52 left in the third quarter to make 35-0.
“We know that teams aren’t dumb. They’re going to shut down No. 34 (Ball),” Wiggins said. “But when he is on he’s tough to stop.”
RIVER VALLEY 0 0 0 0 -- 0
DESALES 7 14 14 0 -- 0
D--Chandler 20 pass from Perrine (Ciammaichella kick)
D--Chandler 15 pass from Perrine (Ciammaichella kick)
D--Ball 30 run (Ciammaichella kick)
D--Ball 6 run (Ciammaichella kick)
D--Ball 55 run (Ciammaichella kick)