The Marion Indians committed five turnovers Saturday night in a 37-14 loss to Mount Vernon in the season opener at Thomas Park.
Turnovers hurt the Indians during their 1-and-8 campaign last year and haunted them again Saturday.
"I just don't understand the bug that we have right now. We just give things away," said Perkins.
"We had I don't know how many opportunities to stop them and we jump off-sides. We're going in for a touchdown and we drop the ball. We had turnover after turnover. It's just frustrating."
Mount Vernon, which has a talented ballclub, was happy to take advantage of the home team's generosity.