After both teams traded punts in a scoreless first quarter, Potosi forced another Pirate punt and reeled off a 10-play scoring drive, with Andrew Coleman capping the march.
Up 7-0 after the PAT, The Trojans dodged some bullets by recovering a pair of Perryville fumbles inside the Potosi 20-yard line.
Late in the first half, Coleman led a drive with big passing plays of 31 and 30 yards to Isaac Gaghen.
The drive ended in the Serenity Hospice Care Play of the Game.
Trailing 14-0 at halftime, Perryville would rally.
The Pirates forced a Potosi punt to start the third quarter, and a long Charlie Ussery run on the ensuing drive set himself up.
Now only up 14-7, the Trojans repsonded almost immediately.
A 41-yard run by Brayden Isgriggs set up Coleman for another sneak.
Potosi missed the PAT.
Perryville seemingly missed their chance to get right back in the game with a failed fourth-down attempt in the red zone.
But the defense stepped up.
Two plays later, Perryville punched it in with Evan Daugherty.
Down only a score, Perryville got a stop and got the ball back with 3-and-a-half minutes to play.
The game came down to one play.
Trojans head coach Ed Haar said his defense made the big plays that his team absolutely had to have.
Coleman threw for a season-high 143 yards to go with his 3 total touchdowns and was named Applebee’s Player of the Game.
Coleman said his offensive line played a huge role in the Trojans’ success.
Pirates head coach Blane Boss said the second-quarter turnovers hurt, but his team never gave up.
While Perryville’s season ends with a record of 5-5, Potosi wins its third straight to improve to 6-4 and will move on to face Kennett in the Class 3 District 1 semifinals.