Margaretta became the latest victim of Dale Irby's explosive ground attack.
Perkins (8-0, 5-0) used 526 rushing yards in just 17 minutes of possession time to cruise to another easy Sandusky Bay Conference win, topping the Polar Bears (3-5, 1-4) 56-13 Friday night at Firelands Regional Medical Center Stadium.
Irby led the Pirates with 252 rushing yards on just 11 carries for four touchdowns in the Pirates' last regular season home game, including a 79-yard run on Perkins' second drive of the game.
“Irby is just special,” Perkins coach Jason Ziegler said. “That one 79-yard run was probably one of the best runs I have ever seen. That was pure determination and effort. It's good to have him on our side. He's a special player and he showed it tonight.”
The Perkins senior had 157 yards of offense by halftime and three touchdowns on runs of 11, 79, and 38 yards.
TreyVon Moore and John Workman added runs of 13 and three yards and the Pirates went into halftime with a 35-6 lead on 341 yards of offense.
“We did some real good things tonight but we still have a lot of things to work on,” Ziegler said. “That's a good team we played. I thought Coach (Andy) Zuk and his staff did a great job.”
The Pirates scored on their first possession of the game, using just 1:18 of the clock on a 4-play, 61-yard drive.
The Polar Bears had a quick answer however, using 3:30 of the game clock to set up a 20-yard run by Derek Abbott on a fourth down-and-one.
“Credit their offense they did a real nice job,” Ziegler said of the early Polar Bear score. “They found a hole and they exploited it. We had to go back and make some changes to fix it.”
Senior quarterback David Doster went down early in the second quarter, two plays after making an interception at the 50-yard line. Doster dialed up a quarterback keeper, but took a hard hit that forced him to leave the game. He watched from the sideline on crutches for the remainder of the game.
“We're going to find out (today), but I think he's going to be alright,” Ziegler said. “He probably could have went back in the game for a little bit, but we decided to lay off. The score was kind of high, so with a lead we don't want to take any chances.”
Irby ran in a 1-yard score midway through the third quarter before the Pirates started going to their bench.
Moore ran in another score, this time a 9-yarder in third, and Adam Snyder ran in a 43-yard score midway through the fourth.
Moore finished with 94 yards on six carries while Snyder added 51 yards on three touches. Workman finished with 74 yards rushing on nine carries.
“Adam Snyder is a senior and a very good running back for us,” Ziegler said. “He had a real good game for us tonight. I am proud of him. He runs the ball hard. He has had a very solid last few weeks of practice, so we wanted to make sure we were going to feed him the ball. He's a kid we are going to look at as we go on. I am real happy with him. He's a senior that is busting his butt.”
Margaretta got on board again in the second half when Caleb Stockmaster caught a 17-yard touchdown pass in the end zone from Dylan Bailey.
“I liked our effort tonight,” Zuk said. “It was a big mountain for us to climb. They are a bigger school and very well-coached. It was a big challenge for us but I think our kids played with heart for four quarters and that is what we asked them to do."