PERU, Neb. – The Peru State College football team finished the first half of the season with a 4-2 record against teams in the south of the Heart of America Athletic Conference, including wins over previously ranked Missouri Valley College and MidAmerica Nazarene University.
They also continue receiving votes in the latest NAIA top-25 rankings after falling to #2 Baker last Saturday, 64-42.
The Bobcats, like the majority of the conference, have a bye this weekend. They spent the early part of the week working on preventing big plays and ball security, according to Head Coach Steve Schneider.
“We’re spending time on ourselves. Just kind of going back to some fundamentals and a lot of individual technique time. Not very much contact. Trying to get guys kind of healed up a little bit, get our legs back underneath us.”
The attention turned to their next opponent Grand View late in the week. They begin play in the north division on Oct. 14 at the #9 Vikings (5-1) on KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and ncn21.com. As divisional play begins, Schneider says they need to continue to do what they do well on a more consistent basis.
“Stop the run and minimize big plays (on defense). On offense, continue to do what we do: run some clock, minimize our opponents offensive opportunities. We did a pretty good job of that against Baker. We ran 35 more plays than they did. Thank god we did. If they had the ball more often, who knows how many points they could have scored.”
Peru State ranks third in total defense (343.7 yards per game) and second in rushing yards per game (282.3 YPG).
Peru State at #7 Grand View
When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14
Where: Williams Stadium, Des Moines, IA
Radio: KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncn21.com