Peru State Focusing on Special Teams, Preventing Big Plays in Preparation for Missouri Valley

Peru State Focusing on Special Teams, Preventing Big Plays in Preparation for Missouri Valley
Photo Courtesy: Neiman Sneed / Peru State College Junior

PERU, Neb. – The Peru State football team played “outstanding defense” at Evangel last Saturday, with the exception of two plays, according to Head Coach Steve Schneider.

Crusader sophomore quarterback Cameron Hardesty connected with junior Dallas Hester for a 73-yard score with 2:49 left to go in the third 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.

Schneider says special teams were disappointing in the team’s first road trip of the year. A long punt return by Evangel and a Peru State personal foul set the Crusaders up on the Bobcats 11-yard line, leading to a score. Schneider called that a “killer.”

The Bobcats were unable to overcome 21-straight points by Evangel and fell 21-19.

Schneider has been focusing on special teams and preventing big plays as they prepare for Missouri Valley this week in practice.

“We just got to get off blocks, make some plays, and be a little bit more conservative defensively. Particularly, when we got good field position on them. Offensively, we just need to continue to do what we do and maybe go away from tendencies a little bit, be a little less predictable.”

The Vikings were ranked #12 in the NAIA preseason rankings, but have dropped-out since starting the season 1-2. They won their first game of the season last Saturday when they hammered Graceland (Iowa), 45-13. They started the season 0-2 with losses to Benedictine (Kan.) and William Penn (Iowa).

Peru State and Missouri Valley kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday on KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and ncn21.com.

INJURIES

FB Sean Van Briesen (Out – Ankle)
FB DeOndre Mayo (Out – Shoulder)

Peru State at Missouri Valley

When: 11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Marshall, MO

Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncn21.com

TV: ESPN 3

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