Perry’s football is undergoing a transformation with new coach Joseph Ortiz

May 18, 2022;  Gilbert, Ariz.;  UNITED STATES OF AMERICA;  Perry's Bigs gather after a practice session during the Chandler District Jamboree at Perry High School.

It’s time to get back in the saddle, fight for championships and be part of that elite group with Chandler and Hamilton.

Gilbert Perry wants back in.

And behind new football coach Joseph Ortiz and his full-throttle approach on offense and defense, it might take a fresh start for the Pumas to feel like they belong again.

It’s been a tough road getting back there since the Purdy quarterback brothers — Brock and Chubba — graduated.

After Brock Purdy led Perry to the 6A State Final in 2017 (a 49-42 loss to Chandler) and Chubba Purdy led the Cougars to the title game the following year (a 65-28 loss to Chandler), the Cougars have fallen into mediocrity and worse, 7-5, 0-6 (COVID-19 year) and 3-8.

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