Offensive linemen often wallow in a sea of sorrow and anonymity, noticed only after they commit a holding penalty or false start.
That was not the case Friday night as Perryville's o-line paved the way for a 56-26 triumph over host Rising Sun and then were lauded afterwards.
The Rising Sun boys soccer team conceded its Wednesday, September 27 game against Perryville was significantly more closely contested than they had anticipated.
"A lot closer," the Tigers' Jason Kelsch acknowledged. "After Perryville barely beat Joppatowne (in overtime two days earlier), we were expecting to roll over them. They came out and played hard. We came out a little complacent and slow."
The Tigers started sluggishly and then needed to withstand a late Panther rally to escape with a 3-2 triumph.
Perryville's Jon Hamancioglu's second goal of the game came with a minute remaining in regulation and brought the Panthers within a goal but they did not have a chance at an equalizer in the final 60 seconds.
"A lot of different things [went wrong]," Rising Sun coach Ken Ulrich said. "Obviously when we play county schools, they kind of want to come for us. And we're ok with that. I think other schools are going to look at us and say, 'We have a shot to try to knock the Big Dog off'. And again, not that we're the Big Dog because obviously we went after Elkton this year."
The Rising Sun volleyball team swept visiting Bohemia Manor Tuesday, September 26.
The Tigers triumphed 25-15, 25-14, 25-23.
Emma Coggins capped off a hat trick by tallying the game-tying goal a split second before the end of regulation and adding the game-winner in double overtime to lift the Perryville field hockey team to a 4-3 triumph over visiting Elkton Monday, September 25.
Perryville debuted its new artificial turf surface Friday night.
Head coach Chris Johnson didn't set foot on it in the first half.
Following the previous week's lopsided loss, Johnson elected to call plays from the pressbox.
Johnson enjoyed his new vantage point immensely as he watched the Panthers christen their state-of-the-art playing field with a 45-0 romp over Morrisville (Pa.).
The Perryville golf team completed a regular season sweep of county foes with a 220-256 victory over Rising Sun last Thursday afternoon on the Back 9 of Furnace Bay.
The Rising Sun boys soccer team annihilated visiting Joppatowne 11-1 Wednesday afternoon.
Rising Sun volleyball coach Rich Wilson was anxious to see how his team would respond to a little adversity.
He was pleased by what he witnessed.
The Tigers rebounded from a second-set deficit and went on to sweep host Perryville 25-12, 25-23, 25-14 Tuesday afternoon, September 19.
The North East girls soccer team pummeled Perryville 7-1 Monday afternoon, September 18.
Click read more to view photos from the Elkton football team's 47-20 triumph over Rising Sun Friday night.