BRIAN EVANS/for the Itemizer-Observer
Haylen Janesofsky (5) attempts to elude a Falls City tackler on Friday. The Pirates defeated the Mountaineers 20-8.
As of Wednesday, September 7, 2016
PERRYDALE — New coach, same goal.
The Perrydale football team, fresh off a trip to the 1A state semifinals in 2015, has state title aspirations but first up was a game against rival Falls City.
The Mountaineers gave the Pirates all they could handle for three quarters.
Perrydale defeated Falls City 20-8 on Friday, in coach Duane Riddell’s Perrydale debut.
“Beating Falls City is always a nice win,” senior Haylen Janesofsky said. “Our rivalry always keeps the stakes a little higher, and it keeps us on our toes.”
Janesofsky scored one receiving touchdown on a 29-yard pass.
Perrydale trailed 8-6 entering the fourth after Falls City’s Austin Burgess returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown.
The Pirates responded by scoring the final 14 points in the fourth.
More importantly, it was the first step on Perrydale’s quest to return to the state playoffs — and the start of a journey that they hope includes two more wins than last year.
“We know what we have to do in order to go deep into the playoffs,” Janesofsky said. “We know the work ethic it’ll take. It’s going to take teamwork, but we can re-create last season and hopefully go further.”
Players hit the weight room during the offseason, Janesofsky said, and the Pirates boast several weapons.
“The difference for our team in getting the win (against Falls City) was the fact that we were able to utilize more than one weapon,” Janesofsky said. “We could misdirect their defense when they keyed on any one player. There’s not just one threat.”
Daniel Domes threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns. Janesofsky, Jacob Pope and Michael Magill caught receiving touchdowns.
Cooper Butler rushed for 137 yards.
Perrydale plays at Lowell on Friday.
“We made a whole bunch of first game mistakes, but we were pleased with the end result,” coach Duane Riddell said. “The guys played hard.”