Evangel Defense Frustrates Peru State in Bobcats’ First Loss of the Season

Evangel Defense Frustrates Peru State in Bobcats’ First Loss of the Season
Stephen Bowers led the Bobcat defense with five solo tackles and three sacks for losses of 25 yards

OZARK, Mo – The Evangel University football team used one play on back-to-back to propel them  to a 21-19 win over Peru State College Saturday night in Ozark, Mo.

Sophomore quarterback Cameron Hardesty connected with junior Dallas Hester for a 73-yard score with 2:49 left to go in the quarter. On their next drive, Hardesty dumped a screen pass to redshirt sophomore Zayne Kyser and he scampered 48-yards for the touchdown with 8:09 left in the game.

Hardesty finished with 200 yards on 11-19 passing with two touchdowns. Hester had three catches for 110 yards and a touchdown

Several Bobcat coaches expressed frustration with the Bobcats first road game of the season. The ‘Cats out-gained Evangel in total offense, 307-242, held the Crusaders to just 42-rushing yards, and held onto the ball for 40:39, compared to 22:30 for Evangel.

Peru State fullback Tajh Eaddy says the Bobcats were surprised at how fast Evangel’s defense was and how hard they were hitting. The 5’10” 190 freshman finished with 29 carries for 171 yards and a touchdown.

Bobcat junior defensive end Stephen Bowers had three sacks. He has sacked the quarterback five times in the two games he has played in.

Peru State drops to 2-1 and will be at #12 Missouri Valley next Saturday at 11 a.m. The game will be broadcast on KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and ncn21.com, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Storyline: Peru State held Evangel to seven first downs, but the Bobcats’ fourth-quarter rally came up short. Travis Carnahan scored with 3:59 left to make it 21-19, but Peru missed the two-point try. Peru got the ball back, but John Brady missed a 47-yard field goal try in the closing seconds.

Star of the game: Evangel QB Cameron Hardesty threw for 200 yards, including two long scoring passes in the third quarter.

Notable: Most of the stats were in Peru’s favor. It ran 79 offensive plays while Evangel ran 44, and Evangel was 0 of 10 on third-down conversions.

Peru State (2-1) 7 0 0 12 19
Evangel (1-2) 0 7 14 0 21
1st 01:30 Peru State – Tajh Eaddy 3 yd run. (John Brady kick is good).
Drive: 14 plays, 74 yards in 07:16. 7 – 0
2nd 09:02 Evangel – Zayne Kyser 1 yd run. (Derek Roberts kick is good).
Drive: 3 plays, 23 yards in 01:09. 7 – 7
3rd 02:49 Evangel – Dallas Hester 73 yd pass from Cameron Hardesty. (Derek Roberts kick is good).
Drive: 1 plays, 73 yards in 00:10. 7 – 14
08:09 Evangel – Zayne Kyser 48 yd pass from Cameron Hardesty. (Derek Roberts kick is good).
Drive: 1 plays, 44 yards in 06:51. 7 – 21
4th 06:40 Peru State – Travis Carnahan 8 yd run. (Alec McClendon kick failed).
Drive: 10 plays, 69 yards in 01:29. 13 – 21
00:01 Peru State – Travis Carnahan 1 yd run. (2pt conversion pass by intercepted – no score).
Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards in 08:08. 19 – 21

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