Perry motivated for senior season success
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Brother Rice senior wide receiver Grant Perry caught two touchdowns and had 213 receiving yards in the Warriors’ victory over Chicago Brother Rice on Saturday.
By Evan Paputa
Brother Rice started last year’s championship season at the Prep Kickoff Classic against a highly rated team from Ohio and came out with a victory. This year, the Warriors experienced deja vu at the same Adams Field at Wayne State, but with a few different variables.
For the first time in 45 years, Brother Rice was led to victory by a different head coach than Al Fracassa. Longtime assistant and former player, Dave Sofran, took the reins and led Brother Rice to a 40-34 victory over Chicago (IL.) Brother Rice.
Senior wide receiver, Grant Perry, is confident that Sofran is ready to lead the Warriors to yet another successful season in 2014.
“He’s learned a lot from Fracassa, coached under him for 14 years and played under him. So he definitely has the right past teaching and guidance to have a great future,” Perry said.
Perry will be one of Sofran’s immediate go-to leaders and receivers. And, it doesn’t hurt that Perry has played for Sofran since eighth grade.
“Very good, known him since eighth grade and he’s coached me all four years of high school,” Perry, 6-foot-0, 188-pounds, said. “I started my relationship with him then when I was figuring out I wanted to attend Rice.”
Although Perry is a model student- maintains a 3.3 grade point average- Sofran keeps on him to make him the best person he can be.
“He stays on me, expects my best effort all the time and that’s what really helped me with everything I do,” Perry said.
Last year, Brother Rice beat Cleveland St. Ignatius in their opener. This year, Perry led the Warriors with 213 receiving yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s win over Chicago Brother Rice.
Perry played a major role in last year’s victory over St. Ignatius and knows that experience on the big stage paid dividends for this year’s Prep Kickoff Classic win.
“Helps a lot, we know what it’s going to be like going up against a Goliath so we are mentally and physically ready for their best effort,” Perry said.
As for recruiting, Perry holds offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Kent State. But look for him to get multiple offers from Big Ten schools with another successful season.