PERU, Neb. – The Peru State football team held MidAmerica Nazarene to under 100 yards rushing and the Bobcats defeated the #22 team in the NAIA, 31-24, Saturday afternoon at the Oak Bowl in Peru.
Senior quarterback and team captain Travis Carnahan put together 127 total yards and two touchdowns, including a 40-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver David Bond. His one-yard touchdown run from a yard out with 3:10 remaining made the score 31-10.
Two quick strikes from the Pioneers, a 47-yard touchdown pass from senior Trey Cooper to to sophomore Marcus Moody and a one-yard touchdown run by Cooper, cut the lead to to seven.
Senior free safety Justin Barnes, a defensive captain, recovered the ensuing onside-kick to seal the victory for the ‘Cats. He finished with eight tackles and an interception, where he says the quarterback (Cooper) and tight end (Jordan Samson) were not on the same page and he “sat on it” and the ball came right to him.
“They were driving after our offense got a field goal. We have a mind-set, ‘bend, but don’t break,’ on defense. We pride ourselves on making turnovers and luckily I was able to come through big for my team.”
The interception was one of three Pioneer turnovers. A fumbled snap on a punt was recovered by Peru State on the 22 yard-line in the second quarter. Five plays later, sophomore fullback Mason Smith punched in his first touchdown of the season from two-yards out. Smith finished with 69 rushing yards.
Junior strong safety Micahel Bullard also had a interception for Peru State.
Despite holding MNU to just 68-yards rushing, the Pioneers were able to throw for 335 yards, including two touchdowns. The Bobcats ran for 285 yards and had a total of 356.
Peru State improves to 4-1 this season and will be on the road at #2 Baker (5-0) next Saturday in Baldwin City, KS. The game will air live on B103 (103.1 FM, B103.fm and the B103 app). The Wildcats defeated #14 Benedictine, 44-37 Saturday, on a touchdown pass with :50 remaining.
Peru state 31, MidAmerica Nazarene 24
Storyline: Peru State used a balanced running attack to improve to 4-1. The Bobcats had four players with more than 55 yards rushing as the team finished with 285 on the ground.
Player of the game: Trey Cooper kept MidAmerica Nazarene close as he threw for 335 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, but Peru intercepted him twice.
Notable: Of Peru’s 63 offensive plays, 59 were runs. QB Travis Carnahan was 3 of 4 in the air, including a 40-yard touchdown.
MidAmerica Nazarene (3-2) … 0 3 7 14—24
At Peru State (4-1) ………….. 3 7 14 7—31
PS: FG John Brady 42
MN: FG Cristian Casillas 26
PS: Mason Smith 2 run (Brady kick)
PS: Ki’Jana Owens 5 run (Brady kick)
MN: Marcus Moody 75 pass from Trey Cooper (Casillas kick)
PS: David Bond 40 pass from Travis Carnahan (Brady kick)
PS: Carnahan 1 run (Brady kick)
MN: Jordan Samson 47 pass from Cooper (Casillas kick)
MN: Cooper 1 run (Casillas kick)
Peru State at #2 Baker
When: 1 p.m. Sept. 30
Where: Liston Stadium, Baldwin City, KS
Radio: 103.1 FM, b103.fm, ncnsportsnow.com and the B103 app
Northwest Missouri 63, Missouri Southern 0
Storyline: Omaha North grad Zach Martin tied a single-game school record with six touchdown passes, completing 24 of 31 throws for 326 yards as Northwest rolled up 651 yards of offense.
Player of the game: Shawn Bane was Martin’s favorite target as he caught seven passes for 101 yards and three touchdowns.
Notable: Northwest recorded its third shutout this season. It allowed five first downs and 69 total yards. The Lions never got inside of Northwest’s 40.
Missouri Southern (0-4) ……… 0 0 0 0— 0
At Northwest Missouri (4-0) … 14 28 7 14—63
NW: Brody McMahon 10 run (Brett Garner kick)
NW: Quincy Woods 20 pass from Zach Martin (Garner kick)
NW: Woods 4 pass from Martin (Garner kick)
NW: Shawn Bane 43 pass from Martin (Garner kick)
NW: Jordan Bishop 67 pass from Martin (Garner kick)
NW: Bane 5 pass from Martin (Garner kick)
NW: Bane 22 pass from Martin (Garner kick)
NW: Jordan Thompson 1 run (Garner kick)
NW: Thompson 25 run (Garner kick)
Minnesota Duluth 34, Wayne State 31, 2OT
Storyline: Dan Branger’s 27-yard field goal in the second overtime lifted Duluth. There were three lead changes in the fourth quarter before Wayne’s Ethan Knudson forced OT with a 20-yard field goal with five seconds left. Duluth blocked a 20-yard attempt by Knudson in the first overtime to extend the game.
Player of the game: Wayne’s Layne Sullivan finished with career-highs of 14 receptions and 151 yards.
Notable: Wayne QB Zach Osborn was 28 of 46 for 380 yards and two TDs, and bypassed 10,000 total yards for his career.
Minnesota Duluth (2-2) … 3 14 0 14 0 3—34
At Wayne State (2-2) ….. 14 7 0 10 0 0—31
WS: Nate Rogers 6 pass from Zach Osborn (Ethan Knudson kick)
WS: Rashad Trimble 4 run (Knudson kick)
MD: FG Dan Branger 22
MD: Nolan Folkert 1 run (Branger kick)
MD: Jason Balts 32 pass from Ben Everhart (Branger kick)
WS: Rogers 30 pass from Osborn (Knudson kick)
MD: Everhart 8 run (Branger kick)
WS: Trimble 7 run (Knudson kick)
MD: Anthony Wood 1 run (Branger kick)
WS: FG Knudson 20
MD: FG Branger 27
Chadron State 73, Adams State 26
Storyline: Chadron State amassed 51 first-half points while improving to 3-1.
Player of the game: Derek Jackson rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries for Chadron. He scored twice in the first 10 minutes.
Notable: Stevann Brown made two big plays in the first half to extend Chadron’s lead. He returned a kickoff 95 yards for a TD in the first quarter and in the final seconds of the half returned a blocked punt 15 yards for a score.
Adams State (2-2) …….. 16 10 0 0—26
At Chadron State (3-1) … 27 24 15 7—73
CS: Derek Jackson 16 run (Colt Foster pass from Dalton Holst)
CS: Kevin Coy 3 run (kick blocked)
AS: 2-point blocked extra point return
AS: Marquese Surrell 30 pass from Nick Rooney (Montana Gomez kick)
CS: Jackson 18 run (Will Morgan kick)
AS: Chad Hovasse 44 pass from Rooney (Gomez kick)
CS: Stevann Brown 95 kickoff return (run failed)
CS: FG Morgan 22
CS: Tevon Wright 25 pass from Holst (Morgan kick)
AS: FG Gomez 22
AS: Surrell 3 pass from Rooney (Gomez kick)
CS: Foster 26 pass from Holst (Morgan kick)
CS: Brown 15 blocked punt return (Morgan kick)
CS: Coy 3 run (Morgan kick)
CS: Jackson 9 run (Collin Eisenman run)
CS: Cole Thurness 3 pass from Matt Vinson (Morgan kick)
Washburn 60, UNK 28
Storyline: Washburn built a 39-point halftime lead in handing the Lopers their third straight loss. UNK outgained Washburn 373-313 in total yardage, but the Ichabods dominated the first half.
Player of the game: Sedarius Young, who came into the game with two catches on the season, grabbed two TD passes as he finished with three catches for 94 yards.
Notable: Washburn scored TDs on a blocked punt return, an interception return and a recovery in the end zone when UNK fumbled a punt.
UNK (1-3) …………… 0 0 14 14—28
At Washburn (3-1) … 17 22 0 21—60
W: Jacob Anderson 8 blocked punt return (Per Schmiedeler kick)
W: Carey Woods 8 pass from Blake Peterson (Schmiedeler kick)
W: FG Schmiedeler 24
W: Mickeel Stewart 2 run (Schmiedeler run)
W: Ryan Peroo 4 run (Schmiedeler kick)
W: D.J. Olmstead 66 interception return (Schmiedeler kick)
UNK: Isaiah Brown 1 run (Brendan Wentling kick)
UNK: Sedarius Young 38 pass from Steve Worthing (Wentling kick)
W: Heath Tucker fumble recovery in end zone (Schmiedeler kick)
UNK: Young 38 pass from Worthing (Wentling kick)
W: Austen Hubert 18 pass from Peterson (Schmiedeler kick)
UNK: Alex Harms 8 pass from Worthing (Wentling kick)
W: Matthew Harris 1 run (Schmiedeler kick)
Concordia 29, Doane 18
Storyline: Concordia erased a 13-0 deficit behind a strong defensive effort against No. 7 Doane. Concordia held the Tigers to 234 yards and forced four turnovers.
Player of the game: Doane’s Cole Wiseman had five tackles and intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown. Wiseman has five interceptions on the season.
Notable: Doane scored 68 points in last week’s comeback win, but Concordia gave up only one offensive touchdown.
Doane (3-1) ……….. 13 3 0 2—18
At Concordia (2-2) … 0 14 8 7—29
D: Cole Wiseman 55 interception return (kick failed)
D: Najee Mustafaa 3 run (Andres Burgoin kick)
C: TJ Austin 1 run (Cremin kick)
C: Jackson Hall 8 pass from Andrew Perea (Cremin kick)
D: FG Burgoin 33
C: Hall 2 run (Hall pass from Perea)
C: Jared Garcia 5 pass from Perea (Cremin kick)
Midland 33, Dordt 28
Storyline: Exavier Edwards’ 73-yard kickoff return with 1:45 left in the game gave Midland the win. Dordt trailed 20-6 with less than 11 minutes left before rallying.
Player of the game: Edwards was the difference as he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. He also had a 97-yard return in the first quarter and finished with 188 yards on four returns.
Notable: Midland QB Garry Cannon accounted for three TDs as he threw for 208 yards and ran for 60.
Midland (4-0) … 7 0 13 13—33
At Dordt (2-2) … 3 3 0 22—28
D: FG Jeff Paepke 44
M: Exavier Edwards 97 kickoff return (Matt Stankoski kick)
D: FG Paepke 21
M: Garry Cannon 1 run (kick failed)
M: Malik Dumetz 20 pass from Cannon (Stankoski kick)
D: Levi Schoonhoven 3 run (Paepke kick)
M: Dumetz 14 pass from Cannon (Stankoski kick)
D: Levi Jungling 9 pass from Brock Lamle (Jungling run)
D: Schoonhoven 1 run (Paepke kick)
M: Edwards 97 kickoff return (run failed)
Northwestern 63, Briar Cliff 26
Storyline: Jacob Kalogonis ran for 107 yards and three first-half touchdowns as the Red Raiders improved to 15-0 all-time against the Chargers.
Player of the game: Northwestern quarterback Tyson Kooima was 20 of 26 for 284 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 75 yards and a score.
Notable: Northwestern finished with 36 first downs and 575 total yards. For the season, the Raiders average 523.5 yards per game.
Northwestern (4-0) … 9 26 14 14—63
At Briar Cliff (0-5) ….. 6 7 0 13—26
BC: Logann Freeman 30 pass from Chance Barlow (kick blocked)
NW: Logan Richard 2-point PAT return
NW: Jacob Kalogonis 4 run (Braxton Williams kick)
NW: Kalogonis 4 run (kick failed)
NW: Levi TeBrink 30 pass from Tyson Kooima (Williams kick)
BC: Joe Heinrichs 16 pass from Barlow (Austin Holloway kick)
NW: Kalogonis 13 run (pass failed)
NW: T. Machacek 28 punt return (Williams kick)
NW: Shane Solberg 26 pass from Kooima (Williams kick)
NW: Solberg 13 pass from Kooima (Williams kick)
NW: Kooima 7 run (Williams kick)
BC: Barlow 8 run (Holloway kick)
NW: Gabe Toki 22 run (Williams kick)
BC: Kwame Johnson 4 run (run failed)
Central (Iowa) 52, Nebraska Wesleyan 27
Storyline: Behind 17-0, Central turned the game around by scoring three touchdowns in the final seven minutes of the first half. Central never trailed after that.
Player of the game: Sam Markham, who is from Atlantic, Iowa, caught eight passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns for Central.
Notable: Dakota Buss of Beatrice led Wesleyan’s defense with 21 tackles, including 14 solos.
Nebraska Wesleyan (0-4) … 7 10 3 7—27
At Central (2-2) …………. 0 21 17 14—52
NW: Bradley Pelkey 5 pass from Jonathan Curti (Jackson Hinze kick)
NW: FG Hinze 45
NW: Bryce Darner 20 pass from Curti (Hinze kick)
C: Blaine Hawkins 1 run (Jon Alberts kick)
C: Sam Markham 74 pass from Hawkins (Alberts kick)
C: Kohle Helle 1 run (Alberts kick)
C: Hawkins 38 run (Alberts kick)
NW: FG Hinze 22
C: D. Groezinger 20 run (Alberts kick)
C: FG Alberts 32
C: Markham 4 pass from Hawkins (Alberts kick)
NW: Shaka Taylor 2 run (Hinze kick)
C: Groezinger 4 run (Alberts kick)
Hastings at Dakota Wesleyan
Storyline: Game was postponed because of weather and will be played Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Dakota Dome in Vermillion.