(Peru, Neb.) – On Saturday October 2, the State of Peru traveled to Nixa, Missouri to face Evangel Valor University and came out victorious after a 23-22 game. With the win, Peru State improved to 4-2 overall this season while Valor fell to 3-3 this year.
This concludes the first half of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) inter-divisional football game. When the ‘Cats next play, the division game will begin.
The state of Peru would strike first in the match as Shane McInerney (Galway, Ireland) would connect on a 30 yard basket. This gave the Bobcats a 3-0 lead with 7:17 left in the first quarter.
Later, in the first half, the State of Peru would find the end zone on a rushed touchdown of Quinton Hawkins (Richmond, Virginia) to extend the lead to 10-0 after PAT was good by McInerney. There were 10:06 in the second quarter.
The defense would come into action as Gerald smith (Baltimore, Maryland) would get a scoop n ‘score at 27 yards. The Bobcats were leading 17-10 after PAT was good by McInerney.
The ‘Cats would have a first-half shutout for the second time this season as they shut down Missouri Valley in the first game of the year.
The Valor would eventually enter the board with a 38-yard touchdown to reduce the lead to 17-7 in favor of Peru State. It happened with just 97 seconds in the third quarter.
Less than a minute later, Evangel would obtain breach security from the State of Peru. The ‘Cats would still lead 17-9 with 12:26 left in the third quarter.
On the kickoff after safety, the Valor sent 80 yards home to cut the deficit to one at 17-16. This happened at the 12:15 mark on the instrument panel.
Evangel would take their first lead in the game when they connected on a 44-yard touchdown pass with 4:50 left in the third quarter. The Valor had scored 22 unanswered points to lead by five.
With 27 seconds left in the third quarter, Peru State would make it a two-point game while McInerney would make a 32-yard field goal. Valor would still lead 22-20 with the entire fourth quarter to go.
The only points in the fourth came in at 1:42. McInerney would field 22 yards to regain the lead over Evangel 23-22. The Bobcats had put together a 14-play, 62-yard run that took 7:47 on the clock.
The ‘Cats managed to force a three out and missed time to win 23-22.
Hawkins carried the ball 17 times for 52 yards and one score. Ki’Jana Owens (North Platte) rushed 11 times for 41 yards.
McInerney would go three of three on field goals and two of two on PATs. One of his field goals was the game winner.
Adams added five tackles, including two solo. Adams also recorded two sacks.
Armunz Mathews (Quincy, Florida) had the only choice for the ‘Cats. It was the fourth game in a row that Mathews eliminated against the opposing quarterback. In addition, he registered three total tackles
The state of Peru will be on leave this week. On October 16, the ‘Cats will be at home against Clarke University. Kick-off time is 12:00 p.m.
At halftime of the Clarke Competition, the Bobcat Sports Department and the College Foundation will present the next Sports Hall of Fame class.