Perkins has found some early season success with a pair of wins over Lorain Clearview and Toledo Libbey. They'll face tougher competition this Friday with Norwalk, which rallied late to beat Edison, and hung with a very talented Huron squad for 47 minutes. Early season success was a big part of setting the tempo for this team, largely to get their 19 new starters acclimated to playing with each other. Two weeks ago, when junior quarterback Adam Tinker was knocked out of the game, I wondered who would direct the offense. The Pirates are already young, and without an able kid under center, the injury could have been a setback in what is considered a rebuilding season with just ten seniors on the roster. Sophomore Spencer Bryant, who's name I heard several times last spring when he was hurling pitches for the Perkins baseball team, has filled in well. Bryant and Ross Bird did a great job keeping the Pirate offense moving Friday â€” an absolute must for a team that needs to build confidence going into the SBC schedule if its to prove last year was not a fluke season. Norwalk has clearly demonstrated that its a team that plays hard and tough for four quarters. They were down 12-0 to the Chargers before scoring twice late in the fourth to get a 13-12 win, then gave up a touchdown in the final minute to the Tigers in a 21-14 loss. Perkins will face its first true test of the fall, and must play for an entire four quarters if its to make the 30 minute drive home as a winner.