Greenwood football loses at Perry Meridian

When the dust had settled on Friday night’s Mid-State Conference clash between Greenwood and Perry Meridian, all the visiting Woodmen were left with was questions about what might have been.

A lost fumble 3 yards away from the end zone. Forcing a turnover and then giving the ball right back on the next play.

Such missed opportunities doomed Greenwood to a 31-21 setback.

“We’ve got to get more consistent,” coach Mike Campbell said after the loss. “When we have momentum, we’ve got to keep momentum, and we just don’t do that right now.”

After giving up a safety for the game’s first points, the Woodmen (1-5, 0-4) came back with a pair of touchdowns — a 23-yard touchdown pass from Brock Riddle and a 1-yard scoring run by Jeremiah Carter.

Perry Meridian, though, answered back with one TD before the half to cut the deficit to 14-10, and then tacked on two more scores in the third to take a 10-point lead.

Greenwood got back within a field goal when Riddle hooked up with Ethan Pringle for a 78-yard score late in the third quarter, but the Falcons (2-4, 1-3) found the end zone once again in the fourth and kept the visitors at bay the rest of the way.

The two teams were pretty evenly matched in terms of yardage, with the Woodmen outgaining the Falcons, 296-285. Riddle was 15 of 27 passing for 226 yards. Greenwood, without top rusher Alan Burnett due to illness, gained just 70 yards on the ground.

The Woodmen play at Decatur Central next week.