PERU – Peru State football coach Steve Schneider was looking for more big plays this week at practice.
His team responded with two blocked field goals, an interception from senior Dylan King, a 15-yard touchdown run from sophomore running back Ki’jana Owens, and a 42-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Dan Boshart to senior halfback Colton Audsley vs. Missouri Valley Saturday at the Oak Bowl.
The Bobcats picked up their first win of 2018 and snapped a four-game losing streak with a 24-14 victory on Hall-of-Fame Saturday.
Boshart accounted for 218 of Peru State’s 366 total yards. The 6’1″, 199-pound QB gained 92 yards on the ground and was 5-9 through the air for 126 yards and a score.
Sophomore safety Langdon Douglas led the team with 11 tackles, including one tackle for loss. Defensive ends Luis Constantino (junior) and Stephen Bowers (senior) each registered a sack.
Jordan Willis, who moved from linebacker to nose tackle this weekend, says changes in practice this week (including working more on technique instead of contact) needed to be made after the Bobcats got off to their worst start since 2010.
“Coming in 0-3, we had to make some changes. We made those changes and it showed in the game. Our d-line, it starts with us. That’s what we said. We just to come out there and go hard. D-line comes first. If we don’t go hard, everybody else ain’t going hard.”
The Vikings finished with 367 yards of total offense. Junior quarterback Jake Bridges was 18-40 for 246 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Freshman receiver Deon Youngblood finished with 103 yards on five catches. Junior running back Nick Hutson added 82 yards rushing, 56 yards receiving and a score.
The Bobcats are now 1-3 and will travel to Olathe, Kan. to play MidAmerica Nazarene next Saturday at 1 p.m. on Otoe County Country (KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and ncn21.com).
Missouri Valley (1-3) hosts #11 Grand View next Saturday.
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