PERRY TOWNSHIP — A win is a win is a win is a win, at least so they say.
And while Matt Rosati was anything but pleased with the way his Perry Pirates staggered out of the starting gate last Friday night, he’ll take the 44-24 Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division victory and run with it, especially with mighty Kenston coming to town this week, fresh off putting 76 points on visiting Orange last week.
Just how poor was Perry’s start last week?
“Things did not start well — we fumbled our first three possessions deep in Harvey territory,” Rosati said. “The first resulted in a touchdown return and the second into a field goal.”
Staring that 10-0 deficit in the face, the Pirates — who had gone two games without a turnover before committing five (4 lost fumbles and an INT) at Harvey — didn’t flinch, scoring 29 unanswered points and rolling to the 20-point triumph.
“We then were able to gain control on both sides of the ball,” Rosati said. “We did not punt in the game. We were able to run the ball effectively and on defense, we were able to return two interceptions for touchdowns.”
Now, here comes Kenston (4-2, 2-1), tied with Perry (4-2, 2-1), Chagrin Falls (4-2, 2-1) and Aurora (5-1, 2-1) for second-place in the CVC Chagrin behind leader West Geauga (5-1, 3-0).
Since 1939, the series between the teams is even at 6-6 after the Bombers prevailed last season at home, 34-14.
“Kenston scored 76 points last week — 42 at the half,” Rosati said. “They are very explosive on offense and one of the best teams in Division III football.
“The are a no-huddle team and play as fast as anyone in the state. They have a very efficient running game and are very good at throwing the ball downfield. On defense, they play a 4-3 and are very good at hiding coverages and blitzes.”
Rosati knows what his guys must get done this week in order to take down the high-powered Bombers.
“They have a good group of skilled guys, led by Pedro Velasco at running back and Jake Silbermann as a slot receiver,” he said. “They have a 10th-grade quarterback (Parker Gdula) who is very good.
“They are big and strong on both lines. We will have to control the ball to have a chance to win.”