Saturday, Sep 01 2012 12:04 AM

Perez carries South in rout of Highland

BY JOE CONROY Special to the Californian

South High waited an extra week to start its football season, but it wasted no time showing off its newly installed offense.

Quarterback Eddy Perez threw three touchdown passes and rushed for a pair as well Friday night, all while eight different Rebels rushed the ball in a 50-7 rout of Highland High, South's first action of the year after sitting out last week with an early bye.

And the offense wasn't the Rebels' only unit that came to Highland's Scotland Yard ready to play. South's defense sacked sophomore quarterback Breaker Brannan nine times and the special teams unit blocked a punt, recovering it in the end zone.

The Rebels (1-0) reached deep into their playbook to set the tone for the evening on the first play from scrimmage, too.

Perez took the snap and then pitched the ball to Keith Evans, who ran right. As the Scots' defense was sucked into his feint, Evans threw a pass across the field back to Perez for a 20-yard gain.

Just three plays later -- a 21-yard Evans run, a 16-yard toss from Perez to Jesse Belt and a one-yard Perez dash -- and the Rebels were on their way to their first win of the year.

And South didn't let up, scoring five times in the second quarter alone and twice more over the final two periods.

Perez finished the night with 214 yards on 5 of 8 passing and Evans paced the running game with 33 yards on three carries.

Highland threatened to score on the first possession of the second half when it drove

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