LAMONI – Trailing 28-6 with 2:56 left in the first half, the Peru State football team scored 27 unanswered points to take a 33-28 lead with 5:27 left to go in the third quarter.
But, six turnovers on Saturday afternoon haunted the Bobcats and Graceland won their first game of the season, 36-33, in Lamoni, Iowa.
The Yellowjackets raced out to a 21-0 lead in the first half on touchdown runs from tight end Nick Reynolds and quarterback Preston Compton. Compton also threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to David Holland.
Compton finished 25-50 for 378 yards a touchdown and 3 interceptions. His top target was Kaleb Thomas who finished with 104 yards receiving.
One of the interceptions was a pick six from Peru State linebacker Tommy Hope with 56 seconds left in the second quarter.
Graceland running back Kalem Williams scored twice with 52 yards on the ground.
Bobcats running back Colton Audsley finished with 145 total yards and 3 touchdowns. Fullback Deondrae Mayo ran for 122 yards on 29 carries.
Quarterback Dan Boshart threw for 2 scores on 3-9 passing for 89 yards.
Yellowjackets defensive lineman Evaristo Casimiro sacked Boshart twice and finished with 13 tackles.
Peru State drops to 3-6 and will host Culver-Stockton next Saturday in the team’s final home game of the season. The Wildcats are 2-7 and lost Saturday afternoon when No. 4 Grand View kicked a 40-yard field goal to steal a 29-27 victory.
The Yellowjackets (1-8) will be at William Penn next weekend.
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Graceland 36, Peru State 33
After rallying to win from 17 down last week, Peru State overcame a 22-point deficit before Graceland scored the winning TD early in the fourth quarter. Peru trailed 28-6 before scoring two TDs in the final 1:45 of the first half. Peru took the lead on Dwight Butler’s 30-yard run with 5:27 left in the third quarter, but Graceland scored with 10:44 left, propelling it to its first win this season. Peru drove to Graceland’s 18 in the final minutes, but an interception ended that final threat.
Peru State (3-6)…………..0 20 13 0—33
At Graceland (1-8)……….14 14 0 8—36
G: Nick Reynolds 1 run (Christopher Morris kick)
G: David Holland 59 pass from Preston Compton (Morris kick)
G: Compton 3 run (Morris kick)
PS: Colton Audsley 10 pass from Daniel Boshart (kick failed)
G: Kalem Williams 1 run (Morris kick)
PS: Audsley 45 run (John Brady kick)
PS: Tommy Hope 61 interception return (Brady kick)
PS: Audsley 11 pass from Boshart (Brady kick)
PS: Dwight Butler 30 run (run failed)
G: Williams 3 run (Caleb Thomas run)
Midland 35, Doane 22
After Doane controlled the opening half, Midland QB Noah Oswald threw four TD passes in a 19-minute span in the second half to lift the Warriors. Doane outgained Midland 254-124 before halftime while the Warriors gained 339 after the break. Oswald threw for 236 yards, three of Darrin Gentry’s five catches went for TDs and Mike Seawell rushed for 74 yards and had 92 yards receiving. Papillion-La Vista grad Jack Kalina threw for 262 yards for Doane.
Midland (7-2)……….6 0 22 7—35
At Doane (4-4)……….9 3 3 7—22
D: Joaqu Robinson 6 pass from Jack Kalina (Bryce Cooney kick)
M: Darrin Gentry 11 pass from Garry Cannon (kick failed)
D: FG Cooney 19
M: Gentry 36 pass from Noah Oswald (Camdo Griffiths kick)
D: FG Cooney 40
M: Jacob Ellis 1 pass from Oswald (Gentry run)
M: Cannon 11 pass from Oswald (Griffiths kick)
M: Gentry 5 pass from Oswald (Griffiths kick)
D: Travall Calvin 13 pass from Kalina (Cooney kick)
Northwestern 39, Hastings 29
Hastings pulled within 32-29 on Tyree Nesmith’s second TD of the day with 12:34 left, but No. 6 Northwestern turned back the upset bid when Tyson Kooima threw his fourth touchdown pass with 5:17 left. Kooima threw for 383 yards, while Shane Solberg had 13 catches for 269 yards — he had more than 200 yards in the first half. Isaiah Jackson threw for 224 yards and three TDs for Hastings, while Tahj Willingham rushed for 138 yards on 29 carries. Willingham has 981 yards rushing this season.
Northwestern (7-1)……..14 15 3 7—39
At Hastings (4-5)………….7 14 0 8—29
NW: Tyson Kooima 14 run (Braxton Williams kick)
H: Anthony Martinez 5 pass from Isaiah Jackson (Alex Stogdill kick)
NW: Shane Solberg 55 pass from Kooima (Williams kick)
NW: Cade Moser 15 pass from Kooima (Williams kick)
H: Terrance McIntyre 34 pass from Jackson (Stogdill kick)
NW: Solberg 52 pass from Kooima (Jared Nelson run)
H: Tyree Nesmith 35 run (Stogdill kick)
NW: FG Williams 34
H: Nesmith 14 pass from Jackson (Jackson run)
NW: Josh Fakkema 4 pass from Kooima (Williams kick)
Morningside 49, Concordia 0
NAIA’s top-ranked Morningside had no letdown after last week’s comeback win over Northwestern as the Mustangs dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage. Morningside outgained Concordia 578-26 in total offense as QB Trent Solsma was 29 of 37 for 301 yards and five TDs. Connor Niles caught 12 passes for 149 yards and two TDs and set an NAIA record with his 60th career TD catch; Arnijae Ponder rushed for 121 yards on 19 carries. Concordia’s Lane Napier had 22 tackles.
Concordia (3-5)……………….0 0 0 0 —0
At Morningside (9-0)……21 7 14 7—49
M: Arnijae Ponder 9 run (Jared Amundson kick)
M: Bo Els 7 pass from Trent Solsma (Amundson kick)
M: Addison Ross 24 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)
M: Connor Niles 25 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)
M: Niles 30 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)
M: Austin Johnson 6 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)
M: Jacob Harvey 1 run (Amundson kick)
Dakota Wesleyan 41, Jamestown 21
Dakota Wesleyan scored the first 28 points on its way to snapping a six-game losing streak. Shaye Slaughter threw for 205 yards and three TDs and Luke Loudenburg rushed for 154 and two scores to lead the way.
Dakota Wesleyan (2-7)………7 21 6 7—41
At Jamestown (2-7)…………….0 7 7 7—21
DW: Spencer Neugebauer 3 run (Tate Gale kick)
DW: Daniel Libolt 34 pass from Shaye Slaughter (Gale kick)
DW: Libolt 9 pass from Slaughter (Gale kick)
DW: Luke Loudenburg 6 run (Gale kick)
J: Barry Williams 19 pass from Jordan Mann (Kai Madela kick)
DW: Neugebauer 46 pass from Slaughter (kick failed)
J: Mann 1 run (Madela kick)
DW: Loudenburg 5 run (Gale kick)
J: Tanner Mathern 2 run (Madela kick)
Dordt 36, Briar Cliff 30, OT
Levi Jungling, who caught a game-high nine passes for 155 yards, ran for the winning touchdown in overtime as Dordt moves to 6-2. Briar Cliff outgained Dordt 602-519 as the Chargers got a big day from Noah Ylagan, who rushed for 295 yards on 32 carries.
Briar Cliff (5-4)…….7 16 0 7 0—30
At Dordt (6-2)…….7 13 10 0 6—36
D: Jake Dodge 24 pass from Brock Lamle (Brett Gaines kick)
BC: Kwame Johnson 28 run (Noah Ylagan kick)
BC: Ylagan 1 run (kick failed)
BC: FG Ylagan 27
D: FG Gaines 30
BC: Elijah Brown 67 pass from Jacob Diaz (Ylagan kick)
D: Keithen Drury 31 pass from Lamle (Gaines kick)
D: FG Gaines 36
D: Dodge 5 pass from Lamle (Gaines kick)
D: FG Gaines 20
BC: Ylagan 1 run (Ylagan kick)
D: Levi Jungling 8 run (no PAT)
Chadron State 43, New Mexico Highlands 38
In a game that featured 1,070 yards of offense, Chadron scored three TDs in a seven-minute span midway through the second quarter to pull out the win. Highlands took a 31-24 lead with 4:45 left in the third before Elijah Myles and Kevin Coy rushed for TDs and Malik Goss returned a fumble for a score. Chadron QB Dalton Holst threw for 241 yards while Coy rushed for 148. Highlands outgained the Eagles 553-517.
NM Highlands (3-6)…………..0 21 10 7—38
At Chadron State (6-2)…….14 3 13 13—43
CS: Tevon Wright 18 pass from Dalton Holst (Will Morgan kick)
CS: Brandon Fullerton 44 pass from Holst (Morgan kick)
NMH: Nick Edwards 14 pass from Danny Cameron (Israel Farfan kick)
NMH: Zach Drew-Toles 80 pass from Cameron (Farfan kick)
NMH: D.J. McFadden 8 pass from Cameron (Farfan kick)
CS: FG Morgan 26
CS: Cole Thurness 42 pass from Holst (Morgan kick)
NMH: FG Farfan 36
NMH: Emmanuel Lumanze 26 pass from Cameron (Farfan kick)
CS: Elijah Myles 12 run (kick failed)
CS: Kevin Coy 16 run (Morgan kick)
CS: Malik Goss 62 fumble return (pass failed)
NMH: Dillon Gassoway 9 pass from Cameron (Farfan kick)
Central Missouri 42, UNK 35
UNK erased a 35-7 deficit with four straight touchdowns in a 14-minute span, but Kyrion Parker’s touchdown catch with 1:19 left gave Central Missouri the win. Parker had nine catches for 146 yards and three TDs. Montrez Jackson led UNK with five catches for 156 yards and 319 all-purpose yards. UNK’s five losses this season have been by an average of eight points.
UNK (4-5)……………………………0 7 21 7—35
At Central Missouri (4-5)……..7 14 14 7—42
CM: Kyle Bradley 6 run (Alex Langer kick)
UNK: Alex McGinnis 3 run (Brian Covarrubias kick)
CM: Kyrion Parker 37 pass from Jeremy Hunt (kick failed)
CM: Zach Davidson 26 pass from Hunt (Devante Turner pass from Hunt)
CM: Turner 39 run (Logan Offner kick)
CM: Parker 8 pass from Kyle Bradley (Offner kick)
UNK: Dayton Sealey 6 run (Covarrubias kick)
UNK: Montrez Jackson 91 pass from McGinnis (Covarrubias kick)
UNK: David Goodwin 1 run (Covarrubias kick)
UNK: Luke Quinn 2 run (Covarrubias kick)
CM: Parker 6 pass from Bradley (Langer kick)
NW Missouri 62, NE State 17
Northwest Missouri, No. 11 in NCAA Division II, racked up 568 yards of offense as it won its fifth straight and improved to 8-1. Elkhorn South grad Braden Wright led the Bearcats, passing for 151 yards and two TDs and rushing for 76 and three TDs, all in the first half. His backup, Bellevue West grad Jadyn Kowalski, also threw a touchdown pass.
Northwest Missouri (8-1)……….21 24 17 0—62
At Northeastern State (0-9)…………3 0 7 7—17
NW: Braden Wright 6 run (Parker Sampson kick)
NW: Josh Caldwell 1 run (Sampson kick)
NW: Cody Massey 9 pass from Wright (Sampson kick)
NE: FG Brady Ellsworth 31
NW: Wright 6 run (Sampson kick)
NW: FG Sampson 50
NW: Wright 48 run (Sampson kick)
NW: Shawn Bane 16 pass from Wright (Sampson kick)
NW: Alec Tatum 53 punt return (Sampson kick)
NE: Mark Wheeland 2 pass from Jay Baker (Ellsworth kick)
NW: LaTroy Harper 51 pass from Jadyn Kowalski (Sampson kick)
NW: FG Sampson 32
NE: Cory Jones 6 pass from Brice Waggle (Ellsworth kick)
Minnesota St. 55, Wayne St. 2
Minnesota State, the top-ranked team in NCAA Division II, outgained Wayne State 485-189 and pulled away with three TDs in a four-minute span in the third quarter. Nate Rogers led Wayne’s offense with four catches for 73 yards — he has 64 receptions this season.
Minnesota State (9-0)…….6 15 28 6—55
At Wayne State (2-7)…………0 0 0 2 —2
MS: Shane Zylstra 28 pass from Ryan Schlichte (run failed)
MS: Vance Barnes 59 pass from JD Ekowa (Parker Gloudemans pass from Schlichte)
MS: Nate Gunn 5 run (Casey Bednarski kick)
MS: Gunn 2 run (Bednarski kick)
MS: Jack Curtis 47 interception return (Bednarski kick)
MS: Justin Taormina 8 run (Bednarski kick)
MS: Tyler Schmidt 3 pass from Schlichte (Bednarski kick)
MS: Gloudemans 12 pass from Brevin Kaiser (kick blocked)
WS: Donte Brooks PAT return
Dubuque 54, Ne. Wesleyan 35
Sean Duffy threw for 367 yards and six TDs to lead Dubuque, which outgained Wesleyan 609-486. Bradley Pelkey led Wesleyan’s offense as he caught six passes for 107 yards and three TDs, while Jonathan Curti threw for 329 yards and four TDs. Shaka Taylor, Wesleyan’s career all-purpose yardage leader, rushed for 81 yards, threw a TD pass and caught a TD pass. Jake Kittle had nine tackles and a pick for Wesleyan’s defense.
Nebraska Wesleyan (2-7)…….7 7 14 7—35
At Dubuque (6-2)……………14 20 13 7—54
D: Kody Riemer 35 pass from Sean Duffy (Andy Vujnovich kick)
D: AJ Hunter 23 pass from Duffy (Vujnovich kick)
NW: Bradley Pelkey 4 pass from Jonathan Curti (Jackson Hinze kick)
D: Riemer 34 pass from Duffy (Vujnovich kick)
D: Adam Rothas 11 pass from Duffy (Vujnovich kick)
D: Hunter 60 pass from Duffy (kick failed)
NW: Shaka Taylor 15 pass from Curti (Hinze kick)
NW: Pelkey 56 pass from Curti (Hinze kick)
D: Dwayne Allen 79 run (Vujnovich kick)
D: Emanuel Jenkins 29 pass from Duffy (kick blocked)
NW: Pelkey 9 pass from Curti (Hinze kick)
D: Maurece Herrion 7 run (Vujnovich kick)
NW: Alex Mathis 34 pass from Taylor (Hinze kick)