Bobcats score on first four possessions in victory over Missouri Valley

Bobcats score on first four possessions in victory over Missouri Valley
Photo Courtesy: Peru State College Sports Network

MARSHALL, Mo. – The Peru State football team scored touchdowns on their first four possessions including 21-unanswered points in the second quarter and the Bobcats defeated Missouri Valley, 48-20, Saturday afternoon in Marshall, Mo.

Junior fullback Justin Haystrand  scored his first of two  touchdowns on a 12-play drive that took nearly 7:00 off the clock on Peru’s opening drive. The Vikings answered with a long-drive of their own. Freshman running back Dre Kelly pounded the ball into the endzone from a yard out to end a 15-play drive that took over 7:00 off the clock.

Each team only had one drive in the first quarter and the game was tied at seven a piece after one.

The Bobcats took the lead for good with three-straight touchdowns in the second period, including scores from freshman halfback Darren Pass (18-yard touchdown run), senior wide receiver Jake Coughlin (40-yard touchdown run) and freshman fullback Tajh Eaddy (17-yard touchdown run).

Coughlin finished with  one carry for 40 yards and a touchdown, while added two receptions for 48 yards and a score. He describes the play that led to his first rushing touchdown of the season and his second of his Bobcat career.

“A ’28 reverse,’ so they (quarterback and running back) fake like their going to the left side, weak side of the field, and I come around the edge and make something happen.”

Mo Valley cut the lead to 28-13 with 6:46 left in the first half on a 49-yard touchdown run from Kelly.

Peru State began the second half a lot like they did the first half, with three touchdowns on three consecutive possessions. Senior quarterback Travis Carnahan connected with Coughlin from 25 yards out, Eaddy added his second touchdown from 14 yards out, and Haystrand added a score from four yards out.

The Vikings would score only one more time on a 28-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Jake Bridges to senior receiver Jakari Johnson with 11:06 left in the third quarter.

Bobcat junior defensive end Stephen Bowers finished with 5 tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss, a pass break-up and a blocked extra point. He’s had a sack in three straight games and leads Peru in the category with six this season

Peru State improves to 3-1 and will be back home at the Oak Bowl next Saturday vs. #19 MidAmerica Nazarene. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and ncn21.com.

Storyline: Peru, the top rushing team in the Heart of America Conference, rolled up 369 yards on the ground. The Bobcats scored three of their six rushing TDs during a five-minute span early in the second quarter to open a 28-6 lead.

Notable: Fifty-three of Peru State’s 60 plays from scrimmage were running plays.

Peru State (3-1)….7 21 13 7—48

At Missouri Valley (1-3)…7 6 7 0—20

PS: Tajh Eaddy 2 run (John Brady kick)

MV: Dre Kelly 1 run (Austin Johnson kick)

PS: Derren Pass 18 run (Brady kick)

PS: Jake Coughlin 40 run (Brady kick)

PS: Tajh Eaddy 31 run (Brady kick)

MV: Kelly 49 run (kick blocked)

PS: Coughlin 25 pass from Travis Carnahan (Brady kick)

MV: Jakari Johnson 28 pass from Jake Bridges (Johnson kick)

PS: Eaddy 14 run (kick failed)

PS: Haystrand 4 run (Brady kick)

NW Missouri State 13, UNK 0

Storyline: The top-ranked Bearcats dominated on defense, holding the Lopers to six first downs and 58 yards for the game. It was the Bearcats’ second shutout this fall.

Star of the game: Nick Hess had two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss to lead the defense for Northwest, which allowed UNK 1.1 yards per offensive play.

Notable: Omaha North grad Zach Martin was 30 of 42 for 222 yards and a TD for Northwest. Through three games, Martin has completed 72.2 percent of his throws.

NW Missouri St. (3-0)….10 0 3 0—13

At UNK (1-2)…….0 0 0 0— 0

NWMS: FG Brett Garner 46

NWMS: Shane Williams 6 pass from Zach Martin (Garner kick)

NWMS: FG Garner 32

Chadron St. 49, Western St. 7

Storyline: Chadron State put the game out of reach by scoring three touchdowns in the final 66 seconds of the first half. A fumble return by Trey Mosley and two Dalton Holst TD passes put the Eagles up 42-0.

Star of the game: Truett Box led Chadron’s defense with 10 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. CSC held Western State to 181 yards.

Notable: After throwing the ball 73 times last week, Holst threw it only 23 times Saturday.

Chadron St. (2-1)….15 27 0 7—49

At Western St. (0-3)…….0 0 7 0— 7

CS: Kevin Coy 20 run (Will Morgan kick)

CS: Derek Jackson 3 run (Colton Wright pass from Dalton Holst)

CS: Jackson 2 run (Morgan kick)

CS: Trey Mosley 39 fumble return (kick failed)

CS: Stevann Brown 26 pass from Holst (Morgan kick)

CS: Tevon Wright 16 pass from Holst (Morgan kick) WS: Dylan Jacob 10 run (Max Smith kick)

CS: Coy 28 run (Morgan kick)

Northwestern 35, Concordia 21

Storyline: No. 24 Northwestern scored 35 unanswered points as Tyson Kooima ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more.

Star of the game: While Kooima threw for 316 yards, Concordia QB Riley Wiltfong threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a team-best 72 yards.

Notable: Concordia has lost its last eight games in Orange City.

Concordia (1-2)…….7 0 0 14—21

At Northwestern (3-0)…..7 7 14 7—35

C: Jackson Hall 47 pass from Riley Wiltfong (Brendan Cremin kick)

NW: Tyson Kooima 2 run (Braxton Williams kick)

NW: Kooima 24 run (Williams kick)

NW: Shane Solberg 61 pass from Kooima (Williams kick)

NW: Kooima 39 run (Williams kick)

NW: JC Koerselman 56 pass from Kooima (Williams kick) C: Lane Castaneda 21 pass from Wiltfong (Cremin kick)

C: Kiyoshi Brey 24 pass from Wiltfong (Cremin kick)

Midland 56, Briar Cliff 28

Storyline: Quarterback Garry Cannon accounted for six touchdowns in leading unbeaten Midland. Lukas Vopnford added three touchdowns as Midland had its best offensive day of the season with 550 yards.

Star of the game: Cannon was 9 of 13 for 163 yards and four TDs and also ran the ball nine times for 108 yards and two scores.

Notable: Midland’s defense, led by Wyatt Tremayne’s 10 tackles, finished with five sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

Briar Cliff (0-4)….0 7 7 14—28

At Midland (3-0)…..22 20 14 0—56

M: Lukas Vopnford 1 run (Malik Dumetz pass from Gary Cannon)

M: Vopnford 17 run (Matt Stankoski)

M: Dumetz 9 pass from Cannon (Stankoski kick)

BC: Kwame Johnson 14 run (Austin Holloway kick)

M: Cannon 3 run (Stankoski kick)

M: Cannon 41 run (pass failed)

M: Mike Seawell 25 pass from Cannon (Stankoski kick)

M: Matthew Hines 14 pass from Cannon (Stankoski kick)

BC: Johnson 36 run (Holloway kick)

M: Vopnford 52 pass from Cannon (Stankoski kick)

BC: Miles Jones 10 pass from Chance Barlow (Holloway kick)

BC: Noah Ylagan 1 run (Holloway kick)

Morningside 62, Dordt 23

Storyline: No. 4 Morningside racked up 36 first downs and 672 total yards. Trent Solsma was 28 of 37 for 363 yards and five touchdowns for the Mustangs, now 4-0.

Star of the game: Bubba Jenkins led the running game with 201 yards and three TDs on 25 carries. The Mustangs had more than 300 yards rushing and passing.

Notable: Connor Niles, who leads the NAIA in all-purpose yards, had eight catches for 98 yards and three TDs in the first half. He also had two kickoff returns for 74 yards.

Dordt (2-1)……….8 6 9 0—23

At Morningside (4-0)….20 12 24 6—62

M: Bubba Jenkins 39 run (run failed)

M: Jenkins 12 run (run failed)

D: Keithen Drury 2 run (Cory Patulea pass from Brock Lamle)

M: Connor Niles 13 pass from Trent Solsma (Arnijae Ponder run)

D: Drury 1 run (pass failed)

M: Niles 6 pass from Solsma (run failed)

M: Niles 8 pass from Solsma (kick failed)

M: Jenkins 7 run (Jenkins run)

D: FG Jeff Paepke 32

M: Chad Berg 27 pass from Solsma (Jenkins run)

D: Drury 1 run (pass failed)

M: Addison Ross 5 pass from Solsma (Sam Akins pass from Solsma)

M: Ponder 10 run (kick failed)

Coe 35, Nebraska Wesleyan 25

Storyline: Quentin White threw for 319 yards and four touchdown passes, helping Coe erase an early 14-point deficit.

Star of the game: Shaka Taylor led Wesleyan in rushing (125) and receiving (67) yards.

Notable: Wesleyan quarterback Jonathan Curti, who threw for 256 yards and three TDs Saturday, has thrown for 979 yards through three games. He’s averaging 53 attempts per game.

Coe (3-0) 0 14 14 7—35

At Nebraska Wesleyan (0-3) 14 3 0 8—25

NW: Bradley Pelkey 7 pass from Jonathan Curti (Jackson Hinze kick)

NW: James Skerjanec 15 pass from Curti (Hinze kick)

C: Tyler Dralle 1 run (Tristan Connell kick)

C: Drew Heitland 6 pass from Quentin White (Connell kick)

NW: FG Hinze 43

C: Demetrius Harper 6 pass from White (Connell kick) C: Harper 28 pass from White (Connell kick)

NW: Shaka Taylor 14 pass from Curti (Skerjanec pass from Curti)

C: Tyler Schamel 39 pass from White (Connell kick)

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