Rush stays unbeaten with 69-40 victory against Command
BY SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media April 7, 2012 11:18PM
Updated: May 9, 2012 9:52AM
Rush receiver Jared Perry on Saturday notified the rest of the Arena Football League that defenses no longer can focus only on Reggie Gray.
Perry had 10 receptions for 175 yards and five touchdowns in the Rush’s 69-40 victory against the Kansas City Command at Allstate Arena.
Gray has drawn an overwhelming amount of attention from opposing defenses early this season after setting franchise records for points scored (322), receptions (130) and receiving yards (1,969) in 2011.
Gray added seven receptions for 125 yards and three touchdowns for the Rush, which is the only undefeated team in the AFL at 4-0.
‘‘I watch Reggie when I’m in there; I watch film on how he runs his routes,’’ Perry said. ‘‘He’s got speed, and I try to utilize my speed out there.’’
The Rush’s offense struggled with consistency last season, thanks largely to a lackluster group of receivers. Gray was the only reliable target for quarterback Russ Michna.
But coach Bob McMillen committed himself to signing more capable receivers during the offseason, and the Rush is averaging 63 points this season.
Michna completed 17 of 20 passes for 311 yards and seven touchdowns. He was pulled after throwing a
23-yard scoring pass to Gray with 1:38 left in the third quarter.
The Rush set a franchise record with nine touchdown passes after backup Luke Drone, who was added to the roster Tuesday, threw for two scores in just more than a quarter.