PERU – The Peru State football team had two areas going into the Graceland game last Saturday they wanted to minimize: limiting big plays and not turning the ball over.
They didn’t do either one.
According to Head Coach Steve Schneider, they gave up five big plays that accounted for 70% of the Yellowjackets total offense in a 36-33 defeat in Lamoni, Iowa. It was Graceland’s first win of the season.
They also turned the ball over six times.
Schneider takes responsibility and they’re working to get things fixed. He says the theme at practice this week has been how the Bobcats will persevere from last weekend’s game – a match-up they felt they should’ve won.
“How are you going to respond to the mistakes? How are you going to respond to adversity? Are you going to learn from it and get better and stronger, or are you going wallow in self pity and feel bitter about it? It’ll be a real test of our guys. They’ll respond in a positive fashion and be ready for a hard, fought contest this coming Saturday against Culver-Stockton.”
Peru State (3-6) hosts the Wildcats (2-7) at 1 p.m. on Saturday. It’ll be the final home game of the season and the final time 15 seniors will play at the Oak Bowl.
Culver-Stockton is coming off a loss to No. 4 Grand View, 29-27. The Vikings kicked a 40-yard field goal with 14 seconds left to steal the win.
Saturday’s game, with a 60% chance of rain in the forecast, will be broadcast on KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncn21.com and ncnsportsnow.com.
Culver-Stockton at Peru State
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Oak Bowl, Peru
Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and ncnsportsnow.com
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