Peru State erases deficit, steals win at William Penn

Peru State erases deficit, steals win at William Penn
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OSKALOOSA, Iowa – On an afternoon with wind gusts as high as 50 mph, the Peru State football team completed one pass on four attempts the entire game against William Penn on Saturday.

The pass, a 25-yard connection from senior quarterback Dan Boshart to senior running back Colton Audsley in the second overtime, won the Bobcats their third game of the year.

The two teams combined attempted 12 passes.

Audsley finished with two scores and 42 yards of total offense, and Peru State came back from a 17-0 deficit to defeat the Statesmen, 26-20, in Oskalossa, Iowa.

Boshart finished with 77 total yards and a pair of touchdowns.

WPU had an opportunity to steal the win with a 27-yard field goal in the first overtime, but junior cornerback Victor Hubbard blocked his fifth field goal of the season.

It was the Bobcats 11th block of the year.

Hubbard says his left hand hurt after he blocked the field goal and he “just wanted to lay there and thank God.”

“I really don’t think there is any sort of technique to really go through. I think it’s a matter of who wants it more and how bad you really want to make that play. I don’t think I was producing as much as I could early on in the game and feeling a certain pain in my leg, but I had to suck it up. It was a close game and big time players make big time plays, so had to do it.”

Sophomore fullback Tajh Eaddy led Peru State’s ground attack with 160 yards on 19 carries and a 72-yard touchdown run.

Freshman linebacker Zachary Taylor had 15 tackles on defense.

The Statesmen, who run a similar offense as the Bobcats, were led on the ground by sophomore fullback Ben Sherman with 24 carries and 80 yards. Junior Tyler Wood rushed for two touchdowns.

Peru State improves to 3-5 and will travel to Lamoni, Iowa next Saturday to play Graceland. The Yellowjackets (0-8) lost to No. 7 Grand View this weekend, 56-14.

William Penn drops to 3-5 and will be at Benedictine next week.


Peru State 26, William Penn 20 (2OT): Peru State’s only completed pass of the game gave the Bobcats a win in double overtime. Peru was 0 of 3 passing before Daniel Boshart hit Colton Audsley on its only offensive play in the second OT for a 25-yard touchdown. Peru trailed 17-0 late in the first half when Tajh Eaddy’s 72-yard TD run before halftime swung momentum the Bobcats’ way. Eaddy led Peru with 160 yards rushing.

Peru State (3-5)…………………0 6 7 7 0 6—26

At William Penn (3-5)………7 10 0 3 0 0—20

WP: Tyler Wood 1 run (Hunter Behm kick)

WP: FG Behm 35

WP: Wood 6 run (Behm kick)

PS: Tajh Eaddy 72 run (kick failed)

PS: Colton Audsley 12 run (John Brady kick)

PS: Daniel Boshart 1 run (Brady kick)

WP: FG Behm 39

PS: Audsley 25 pass from Boshart (no PAT)

Morningside 42, Northwestern 34: A showdown between the Nos. 1 and 3 teams in the NAIA was as good as advertised as top-ranked Morningside rallied in the fourth quarter to stay unbeaten and take sole possession of first in the GPAC. Morningside, winner of 30 straight GPAC games, trailed 31-28 after Northwestern kicked a field goal to start the fourth quarter. But Trent Solsma, who threw for 231 yards and four TDs, connected twice with Bo Els for TDs in a five-minute span for a 42-31 lead. Northwestern kicked another field goal with 4:47 left, but Moringside ran out the clock from there. Burke grad Arnijae Ponder had career highs of 161 yards and 34 carries for Morningside, including six carries on the final possession.

Morningside (8-0)…………..7 21 0 14—42

At Northwestern (6-1)………….14 7 7 6—34

M: Bo Els 20 pass from Trent Solsma (Jared Amundson kick)

NW: Shane Solberg 43 pass from Tyson Kooima (Braxton Williams kick)

NW: Jacob Kalogonis 14 run (Williams kick)

NW: Kooima 7 run (Williams kick)

M: Arnijae Ponder 3 run (Amundson kick)

M: Reid Jurgensmeier 14 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)

M: Ponder 1 run (Amundson kick)

NW: Kalogonis 1 run (Williams kick)

NW: FG Williams 24

M: Els 22 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)

M: Els 10 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)

NW: FG Williams 38

Hastings 21, Concordia 13: Hastings made a late defensive stand to secure the win. Concordia drove to the Hastings 9-yard line in the final minute before turning the ball over on downs. After being held to 13 first-half yards, Tahj Willingham finished with 143 yards on 22 carries for Hastings. For Concordia, Andrew Perea passed for 178 yards and Ryan Durdon rushed for 80.

Hastings (4-4)……………..0 7 6 8—21

At Concordia (3-4)………..6 7 0 0—13

C: Ryan Durdon 42 pass from Andrew Perea (kick failed)

H: Tahj Willingham 1 run (Alex Stogdill kick)

C: Anderson 15 run (Alan Sharp kick)

H: Anthony Murray 20 interception return (Stogdill kick)

H: Tyree Nesmith 30 run (Tyler Miller run)

Doane 17, Briar Cliff 7: Doane’s defense forced five turnovers as the Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak. Doane led 10-0 at halftime before Elkhorn South grad Cole Hanafan came off the bench for Briar Cliff and threw a 70-yard TD pass 82 seconds into the second half. But Jack Kalina, who threw for 259 yards, tossed a TD pass on the first play of the fourth quarter for Doane. Doane outgained the Chargers 391-316 and had possession for nearly 36 minutes.

Briar Cliff (5-3)……….0 0 7 0— 7

At Doane (4-3)……0 10 0 7—17

D: Chayton Crow 2 run (Bryce Cooney kick)

D: FG Cooney 33

BC: Rashad Brown 70 pass from Cole Hanafan (Noah Ylagan kick)

D: Josh Baker 44 pass from Jack Kalina (Cooney kick)

Midland 21, Dakota Wesleyan 14: Midland made a defensive stop with less than two minutes left to earn its sixth win. Wesleyan drove to the Midland 2 before turning the ball over on downs. Keenan Smith rushed for 133 yards, including an 83-yard scoring run in the first quarter, to lead Midland’s offense. Midland outgained Wesleyan 399-241 on the day. Jett Hampton led Midland’s defense with 12 tackles.

Dakota Wesleyan (1-7)……..7 0 7 0—14

At Midland (6-2)…………….14 7 0 0—21

DW: Shaye Slaughter 9 run (Tate Gale kick)

M: Payton Nelson 14 run (Camdo Griffiths kick)

M: Keenan Smith 83 run (Griffiths kick)

M: Garry Cannon 11 run (Griffiths kick)

DW: Luke Loudenburg 4 run (Gale kick)

Dordt 49, Jamestown 18: Casey Byker intercepted three passes on the day, returning two of them for touchdowns in the first half, to lead Dordt. Byker’s second TD put Dordt up 28-6 midway through the second quarter. Jamestown finished with more first downs (30-16) and ran more plays from scrimmage (90-46) in the lopsided loss.

Jamestown (2-6)…………6 6 6 0—18

At Dordt (5-2)………..21 14 7 7—49

D: Keithen Drury 16 run (Brett Gaines kick)

D: Casey Byker 97 interception return (Gaines kick)

J: Jordan Mann 24 run (kick blocked)

D: Drury 65 run (Gaines kick)

D: Byker 41 interception return (Gaines kick)

J: Jimmy Hatch 10 run (kick blocked)

D: Levi Jungling 31 pass from Brock Lamle (Gaines kick)

J: Garrett Mitchell 5 pass from Mann (pass failed)

D: Jungling 35 pass from Lamle (Gaines kick)

D: Levi Schoonhoven 14 pass from Lamle (Gaines kick)

Fort Hays St. 29, UNK 26 (2OT): Dante Brown’s fifth field goal gave Hays a double-overtime road win. Brown’s third field goal gave Hays a 23-20 lead with 42 seconds left, but UNK answered as Brian Covarrubias kicked a 39-yarder on the last play of regulation. After both teams kicked field goals in the first OT, Covarrubias missed a 36-yarder in the second OT before Brown hit the game-winner from 26 yards out. Darrius Webb rushed for 149 yards and also returned a kickoff 98 yards — UNK’s first kickoff return for a TD in 11 years. Gretna grad Connor Shedeed led Hays’ defense with 12 tackles.

Fort Hays State (6-2)……..7 3 0 13 3 3—29

At UNK (4-4)…………………….7 7 3 6 3 3—26

FH: D.J. Hickman 2 run (Dante Brown kick)

UNK: Darrius Webb 98 kickoff return (Kendall Raschein kick)

UNK: Luke Quinn 2 run (Brian Covarrubias kick)

FH: FG Brown 22

UNK: FG Covarrubias 26

FH: Harley Hazlett 4 run (Brown kick)

FH: FG Brown 47

UNK: FG Covarrubias 42

FH: FG Brown 46

UNK: FG Covarrubias 39

FH: FG Brown 34

UNK: FG Covarrubias 35

FH: FG Brown 26

Wayne State 34, Minot State 0: Wayne State snapped a five-game skid by recording its first shutout since 2011. Wayne’s defense forced five turnovers and held Minot to 242 yards. Tyler Thomsen led Wayne with a fumble recovery and 11 tackles — the sixth game this season he’s had double-digit tackles. Maliki Wilson led the offense by rushing for 145 yards on 27 carries, while Aaron Bleil, who had missed the past three games because of injury, threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns.

Wayne State (2-6)………0 7 21 6—34

At Minot State (1-7)………..0 0 0 0— 0

WS: Maliki Wilson 1 run (Ethan Knudson kick)

WS: Wilson 11 pass from Aaron Bleil (Knudson kick)

WS: Josh Taylor 12 interception return (Knudson kick)

WS: Mason Lee 31 pass from Bleil (Knudson kick)

WS: Nate Rogers 15 pass from Alex Thramer (Knudson kick)

Chadron State 30, Dixie State 18: It was a bend-but-not-break effort by Chadron State as Dixie State amassed 631 yards and 36 first downs but only 18 points. Up 23-18 with 1:30 left, Chadron made a goal-line stand, and then RB Kevin Coy dashed 97 yards on third-and-10 with 16 seconds left to secure the win. Dalton Holst threw for 260 yards and two TDs for Chadron, while Keenan Johnson and Davon Johnson each had 11 tackles for the Eagles.

Dixie State (5-3)…………….0 0 11 7—18

At Chadron State (5-2)…….6 10 7 7—30

CS: Kevin Coy 1 run (run failed)

CS: Tevon Wright 4 pass from Dalton Holst (Will Morgan kick)

CS: FG Morgan 26

DS: Sei-J Lauago 7 run (Conner Miller pass from Michael Sanders)

DS: FG A.J. Yergensen 22

CS: Brandon Fullerton 39 pass from Holst (Morgan kick)

CS: Kevin Coy 1 run (run failed)

DS: Kasey Allison 10 pass from Sanders (Yergensen kick)

CS: Coy 97 run (Morgan kick)

Nebraska Wesleyan 23, Luther 15: Shaka Taylor became Wesleyan’s career rushing leader as the Prairie Wolves snapped a five-game skid. Taylor, who had 127 yards rushing and 68 receiving, passed Roy Jacobson as the school’s top rusher as he now has 2,566 yards. Jonathan Curti threw for 294 yards and two TDs for the Prairie Wolves.

Luther (1-6)……………………….7 0 0 8—15

At Nebr. Wesleyan (2-6)…….10 7 6 0—23

NW: FG Jackson Hinze 22

NW: Bradley Pelkey 19 blocked punt return (Hinze kick)

L: Travis Vargas 6 run (Jonah Zaimes kick)

NW: Derrick Curtis 17 pass from Jonathan Curti (Hinze kick)

NW: Curtis 24 pass from Curti (kick failed)

L: Vargas 7 run (Trevor Joiner pass from Ian Kuykendall)

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