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Coyotes Improve to 5-2 After Victory Over the Knights

After Friday’s 40-6 victory over Wheaton, the for the first time since in three years, the Clarksburg Coyotes football team has reached to five-win mark in a season.

The Coyotes jumped out in front early on a four-yard run by senior quarterback Joey Perkins, the first of his three, four-yard scoring runs in the game.

Clarksburg would add to their total on the next series on a 20-yard run by senior Ben Spiess to give the Coyotes a 14-0 lead. Less than a minute later, the Coyotes were in the end zone again. This time it was sophomore defensive back Drew Moore with a pick-six interception and return. Wheaton’s quarterback, Javari Chambers rolled out and threw a pass which Moore read and snatched out of the air at the 40-yard line, and scampered down the sideline to the end zone putting the Coyotes up 21-0 with 6:04 remaining in the first quarter of their Homecoming game.

“The difference is we’ve had the off-season to get the kids to understand what we wanted out of them, in terms of the culture,” said Head Coach Bob Plante, who is in his second year at the helm in Clarksburg. “The quality of their character is vitally important to us. We want good kids off the field and on the field. You need to show up, work hard, and do what you are supposed to do, and do it as hard as you can.”

On Wheaton’s next possession, the Coyote defense came up with a big on fourth-and-long as junior Xavier Holmes wrangled the Knights’ quarterback to the ground to force the ball to be turned over on downs.

Both teams would trade turnovers in at the beginning of the second quarter, but be unable to take advantage. Clarksburg would get the ball back on a muffed punt return when senior Toron Williams was able to fall on a ball at the Wheaton 20-yard line. The play would lead to Perkin’s second touchdown of the night, a four-yard dash to the end zone to put the Coyotes up 26-0 with 5:30 left in the first half. The teams would trade turnovers again just before the half ended.

“Joey [Perkins] drives the car of us,” said Coyotes Head Coach Bob Plante, of his senior quarterback. “That offense could be a Ferrari, or it could be a Volkswagen. He drives, and he drives it the way he wants to. He’s a great athlete. He can extend plays, and he’s a great thrower. He is a two-year starter, so he brings that experience. He gets us into the right offense and makes the right calls. He’s extremely important to us.”

Perkins would score his third touchdown, in much the same way he scored his first two — on a four-yard run to the end zone to put the home team up 33-0 with 8:50 left in the third quarter.

The Knights continued to struggle to move the ball and