PERU – Not only was Peru State defensive end Stephen Bowers thinking about his former roommate Justin Haystrand, who passed away in a car accident in February, he was also remembering his grandmother when the Bobcats kicked off of the 2018 season at Lloyd Wilson Field in Hastings on Aug. 25.
Bowers, who lost his grandma just days before he began his senior season, finished with seven tackles, a sack and an interception in Peru State’s 25-21 loss to the Broncos.
The 6’2″, 234 pound Papillion-LaVista graduate leads the defensive line, the strength of the Bobcats, according to head coach Steve Schneider. The seventh-year coach says the added weight and strength contributes to Bowers already established speed.
“He just has a pretty good knack for being disruptive and getting penetration. It’s kind of changed the way our defensive line is playing. We got a post and a pull guy. It gives guys a little bit more opportunity and little more freedom to get up field and be disruptive. I think that kind of fits into Stephen’s skill set.”
Bowers was a Heart of America Athletic Conference Second Team All-Conference selection last season. He finished with 39 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and a blocked extra point.
Peru State (0-1) travels to Fayette, MO on Saturday to play Central Methodist (0-1). Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will air on Otoe County Country (KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncn21.com and ncnsportsnow.com).
2018 Peru State Football Captains Named
By: Ted Harshbarger / Peru State Athletics
Prior to the season opener at Hastings, Peru State football head coach announced that four seniors had been elected by their teammates to serve as captains for the 2018 season.
Coach Schneider noted, “The leadership of the football has been outstanding due in large part to all of our seniors. The selection of Stephen, Miles, Q and Dan reflect the overall quality of our guys. I look forward to working with them on improving our team.”
Each of the captains shared a short comment.
Bowers, who prepped at Papillion-La Vista High School, stated, “It’s an honor to be a captain as I love and appreciate everyone on our team. Football is a hard sport – a man’s game and for my team to feel like I’m the man who could lead us is a blessing. So with that being said, I’m excited for our new season and we are ready to shock the nation. I will try my best as captain to be a strict but fair leader, lead by example, and most importantly speak up for my team.”
The Wood River High School graduate Boshart said, “Not many guys get the opportunity to be appointed as the captain of a team, and to have 80 or 90 guys look to me as a captain means a lot.”
King, an Omaha North product, commented, “It’s an honor to be voted captain! For my teammates to look up to me and trust me to lead them to a very successful season is just awesome!”
The only non-Nebraska captain, Hicks, who transferred from Jamestown (N.D.) after playing at Blue Springs High School, noted, “When I received word that I was named team captain, was filled with joy as I am ready to lead my team to a championship!”
Peru State at Central Methodist
When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Davis Field, Fayette, MO
Radio: Otoe County Country – 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncn21.com and ncnsportsnow.com
Follow Hunter on Twitter: @TheBurnRadio