PERU – For the first time since 2010, the Peru State football team has started the season 0-3. The Bobcats lost to Hastings in their season opener, 25-21, Central Methodist on Sept. 8, 42-21, and last week to Evangel, 35-13, in their home opener.
According to Head Coach Steve Schneider, the lack of big plays is one reason the Bobcats are off to a rough start.
He says the most disappointed thing about his defense so far is forcing only two turnovers in their first three games. The Bobcats rank 10th in the Heart of America Athletic Conference with a -4 turnover margin. They have forced one fumble and picked-off one pass.
“Our guys work pretty hard at that in practice and do drills. It really hasn’t transitioned from drill-work, practice-work to game day. We’re going to have to get a few turnovers.”
Peru State ranks 6th in total defense, giving up 358.3 yards per game. They have registered two sacks this season – last in the conference.
Meanwhile, the biggest challenge for the offense is moving the ball into the red zone. The Bobcats have scored eight total touchdowns and average 18.3 points per game. That’s 10th in the Heart.
Schneider believes they need to do a better job of taking advantage of what they do with the football and what their opponent’s defense gives them.
“What we haven’t been able to do offensively is get some big plays. That’s traditionally been a big part of our offense. We just got to be patient, take what they give us, and hope we pop a big one here-and-there.”
Peru State has run six plays that have gone for 25 yards or more this season.
The Bobcats host Missouri Valley (1-2) on Saturday at the Oak Bowl in Peru. Kickoff on Hall-of-Fame weekend is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will air on Otoe County Country (KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and ncn21.com).
Missouri Valley at Peru State
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Oak Bowl, Peru
Radio: KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncn21.com and ncnsportsnow.com
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