Down 12-7 with 40 seconds to play and facing fourth-and-10, the Subiaco Academy Trojans scored on a 23-yard pass play to edge Perryville in their final game before opening conference play this week.
On the play, Subiaco lined up with four receivers to one side of the field and made the most of the mismatch. Quarterback Kelly Hollis, who was limited because he aggravated a pulled hamstring which forced him out of the game early the previous Friday, found receiver Chris Post in the end zone for the score. It was Hollis’ only pass completion of the game.
The win puts Subiaco at 2-1 for the year. This Friday, the Trojans travel to Pottsville to open conference play. Pottsville defeated Clinton last Friday night, 28-20 to run their record to 3-0. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Hollis aggravated his hamstring injury while playing defense in the first quarter. Chris Post, called the team’s best receiver by Coach Mike Berry, filled in.
"Chris Post did a good job for us," Berry said. "We started Kelly on defense, but he reaggravated his injury and couldn’t go. But, he could stand back there and throw it."
Post completed 10 of six passes for 127 yards, rushed 12 times for 51 yards and caught one pass for 23 yards and the winning score.
Down 12-7 at the half, Subiaco made some defensive adjustments and was able to move the ball pretty well, Berry said. However, they had trouble getting scores when they penetrated the opponent’s 20.
"We got inside the five twice but couldn’t score," Berry said. "We have to find a way to punch it in. We moved the ball well, but we made mistakes."
So did Perryville and the most critical mistakes were in the kicking game. Perryville missed both of its extra point attempts.
Berry said his team’s defense "played a great game."
Jacob Myers led the defense with nine tackles. Logan Weisenfels and Christian Lowery had six tackles each. Weisenfels also recovered a fumble.
"We could just have easily lost this game," Berry said. "But our kids were pretty excited with the win."
As for Hollis, Berry said he plans to prepare for Pottsville as if he’s going to play.
"We’re going to practice him all week and hopefully, he’ll be ready to go," Berry said.
As for this week’s opponent, Pottsville, Berry said they are "everything they are advertised to be."
"They’re a very stout football team," Berry said. "They are 3-0 and rolling.
"It’s a conference game so it’s time for us to put our big boy pants on and play," Berry said.