Park football: Perra, Raiders rout Wolfpack, 45-19
Roseville displayed its big-play offense early and often for the second consecutive week Friday as it rolled to a 45-19 victory over Park in Roseville.
A week ago the Raiders (4-1, 4-1 SEC) put up 28 points in the first quarter against Woodbury and this week they put up 33 points against the Wolfpack (1-4, 1-4 SEC) in another rout to secure a tie for the lead in the Suburban East Conference standings.
Roseville senior quarterback Jacques Perra, one of the state’s leading passers, completed 21 of 31 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns to give him 15 on the season.
When Perra wasn’t picking up yards through the air, he did it on the ground. Perra finished with 90 yards rushing on 13 carries to lead the team.
“They have a really good quarterback,” Park head coach Darin Glazier said. “He’s dynamite, especially when you give him time. We couldn’t get to him tonight very well and he was scrambling out of trouble, getting first downs when he wasn’t throwing for it.”
Raiders junior wide receiver Jesper Horsted finished with eight receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns while junior running back Tommy Arcand caught six passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Arcand also rushed for a touchdown and finished with 55 yards. Senior running back Matthew Peckham rushed for 55 yards and one touchdown on eight carries.
Roseville finished with 555 yards of total offense and 22 first downs as the Wolfpack struggled to limit yards after contact.
“Defensively we weren’t on our game again tonight,” Glazier said. “As coaches it’s frustrating because we want to work on some more hitting, tackling and stuff in practice but we don’t have the bodies to do it and all of our guys are banged up and we can’t get them banged up worse or else we won’t have them for the game nights. We need to work on wrapping up, we need to work on tackling. We’re just not doing it because we don’t have the ability to.”
Park had four turnovers in the game and halted any momentum the team built. The Raiders turned three of the interceptions into points on offense. All three turnovers that led to points came in the first half.
“That’s been kind of the story here,” Glazier said. “We start doing some good things and all of a sudden turnovers and penalties and that kind of stuff.”
The third interception of the game ended a pivotal drive in the second quarter with the Wolfpack trailing 33-13 after the Park turned Roseville over on downs for the first defensive stop of the game.
The Wolfpack took over on downs at their own 22-yard line on the ensuing possession and started driving before freshman quarterback Brandon Alt threw his third interception of the game, which gave the Raiders the ball at Park’s 44-yard line.
Roseville converted the turnover into points when Perra found Horsted for a 12-yard touchdown pass five plays later.
It marked the second consecutive game the Wolfpack got off to a slow start defensively. Last week, East Ridge jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter en route to a 55-20 victory.
“When you start out games the way we started out tonight, it’s just like the East Ridge game,” Glazier said. “It’s unfortunate because we don’t have any momentum in that first quarter, we start turning the ball over.”
Alt finished 20 of 40 passing for 264 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions.
Tulloch led the Wolfpack with six receptions for 89 yards and one touchdown. Senior wide receiver Elias Arlington caught six passes for 50 yards and senior wide receiver Ken Gay caught three passes for 54 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown pass from Alt in the fourth quarter.
Perra found Horsted on the opening play from scrimmage for a 78-yard touchdown pass that set the tone for a fast-paced first quarter.
“We told our guys all week long they’re going to throw the ball deep on the first play,” Glazier said. “Unfortunately we couldn’t stop it.”
Park answered back with a 42-yard touchdown pass from Alt to junior wide receiver Jeb Melson, but the Raiders returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards to regain the lead.
Roseville scored touchdowns on its next four consecutive possessions to build a 33-7 lead before the Wolfpack responded in the second quarter.
Alt completed a 21-yard pass to junior running back Brandyn Tulloch to make it 33-13 temporarily.
Senior defensive back Ryan Klika led the defense with 10 tackles and junior linebacker Hunter Burbank finished with nine tackles.
“We’ve just got to put this one to bed tomorrow after film and get ready for the Woodbury game,” Glazier said.
Park faces Woodbury next Friday in its homecoming game.