Trojans Give Perry Victory To Make Him The Most Successful Coach In School | Sports
It was not an accomplishment that the players knew nothing about. It was certainly not a topic the head coach wanted to talk about.
But when the St. James players gathered after a 43-6 win over Straughn to hear head coach Jimmy Perry, they instead heard a quick announcement from defensive coordinator Jeff Corley that Perry had just become the coach. the most successful in the history of the school.
Perry’s response was exactly what you would expect from someone who has walked the sideline for over 40 years.
“I didn’t make a block, I didn’t make a tackle,” he told the players before giving them credit.
Perry won his 73rd game in his 10th grade at school, improving to 73-34 and passing Robert Johnson, the current Montgomery Academy coach who was 72-41 in 10 years at the school (1997-2006).
“I’ve never tackled here and I’ve never run the ball or catch a ball or throw a ball,” said Perry. “Everything revolves around these young people and these assistant coaches. Everything revolves around them. Always been, always will be. “
Perry spent 10 years as an offensive coordinator under Spence McCracken at Robert E. Lee High on one of the most dominant programs in Alabama high school history, then took over as a coach- Chief in 1995 and led the Generals for five years, including a trip to the 6A State Championship game in 1999.
At this point, he left high school football to work at Auburn University, first as director of high school relations, then as director of football operations from 2000 to 2008 under Tommy Tuberville. After spending nearly 15 years as an assistant coach and nine more in the college ranks, few would have given him a chance to become the most successful coach in a high school program.
“It’s just something you don’t think about,” Perry said. “You think you win the next one and your players are improving week by week. If you do that, things work out on their own somehow.
That means taking care of regional rival Straughn, who was dispatched fairly quickly. The Trojans got 19-yard and 1-yard touchdowns from Cosner Harrison, security and 20-yard Harrison reception from KJ Jackson to take a 23-0 lead after 16 minutes of the game.
Jackson added a 34-yard touchdown pass to Clint Houser just before halftime and a 35-yard touchdown from Harrison in the second game after half to turn the game into a rout.
Straughn, who had only had one first down by then, collected his only other in the game on a 79-yard touchdown by Aaron Olhava, who had 113 yards on 10 carries. (Straughn had just 109 total yards in the game).
St. James (4-1) has improved to 3-0 in regional games and to 33-3 in regional games over the past six years, a stat that puts them in contention for the regional title every year.
“I don’t know if it was the terrain or the conditions, but it wasn’t as crisp as I would have liked,” said Perry. “But you can’t dispute the result. They have a good football team – they are young like we were last year – and when we had to adjust it and go right on them we did and I was proud of it. I think it made us a little harder tonight.
Harrison finished with 236 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries, getting most of his work in the first half and leaving the game with 4:35 left in the third quarter.
“He runs like a bull,” Perry said. “He was sick most of the time. “
The junior finished with four touchdowns, including his only reception in the second quarter.
“Our linemen were opening the holes,” Harrison said. “It was pretty easy to find. Much of it was on the linemen. They did a great job tonight.
Afterwards, the players celebrated their return home and the opportunity to hand their head coach a landmark victory.
“It’s a good feeling to have,” said Harrison.