Perry football beats Canton McKinley, North Canton Hoover rolls

Perry 38, Canton McKinley 28

Perry's Carson Basham makes a touchdown catch against Central Catholic in a high school football game in Perry on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022.

CANTON – The Panthers scored the final 21 points of Friday night’s game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium to get past McKinley in the first Federal League game for both teams.

McKinley is 0-4 for the first time since 2007.

The Bulldogs led 28-17 early in the third quarter on Nino Hill’s second touchdown run of the game. Hill, a sophomore, had 177 yards on 21 carries.

Perry responded with a 58-yard touchdown run from second-year quarterback Austin Mattox. He then scored on a 6-yard run with 9:25 left in the fourth quarter to give the Panthers their first lead of the night at 31-28.

Carson Basham then took it from Perry (3-1, 1-0) with a 24-yard touchdown late in the game, sealing Perry’s seventh win in nine attempts against McKinley.

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