Tuesday, September 15, 2009

High school athletes of the week: Sept. 14

Branford's John Perry (Front)

With teammates (left to right) Willie Clemons,

Billy Peck, Matt Lambert, and Joey Fraddosio.

By Cliff Olsen
Published: Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 14, 2009 at 12:30 a.m.

John Perry had a huge a game in Branford’s 28-13 win over Trenton on Friday night.

It is the way Branford coach Bill Wiles said he has been expecting Perry to play for two years.

Out of the Buccaneers single-wing attack, the senior carried the ball 26 times for 314 yards and scored four touchdowns. He also caught one pass for 19 yards.

How big of a part did Perry play in Branford’s offense?

He accounted for 333 yards of the Bucs’ 384 yards of offense and scored all of his team’s touchdowns.

“It was absolutely his best performance in two years, he played with tremendous effort,” Wiles said. “I was most proud of how physical he played.”

Perry also played defense for the Bucs (2-0) and made nine tackles from his safety position.

“He was so exhausted, but he played through that,” Wiles said. “He is a good kid and he has come a long way.”

Perry was the difference in a game that was tied at halftime. His 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter provided the final margin and gave Branford its second-straight win over the Tigers.

“It is a team game. I’m proud of our team. John just happened to be the beneficiary Friday night of making the most of his touches,” Wiles said. “Maybe he needed a game like that to show him what he can be.”


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