(Peru, Neb.) – On Saturday, September 25, the Bobcats’ home advantage helps again as they were able to defend against MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) 21-14 in the Oak Bowl. The State of Peru improves to 3-2 on aggregate over the year while the Pioneers have fallen to 1-4 over the year.
This is the first time since the 2018 season that the ‘Cats have won three competitions in one year.
After the Bobcats defense got a three out on MNU’s opening disc, the ‘Cats would hit first with an eight-yard touchdown by Jeremy Kucera (Overland Park, Kan.). After the PAT by Shane McInerney (Galway, Ireland), Peru State had a 7-0 lead over the Pioneers with 10:39 left in the first quarter.
After both teams had to kick their second possessions in the game, Peru State struck again – this time in the air. Joey dominguez (Von Ormy, Texas) threw a pass touchdown at Gary Fleming (St. Petersburg, Florida) from 17 meters. After Dominguez scored the two-point conversion, the Bobcats would lead 15-0 with 4:43 remaining as the first stanza.
Mclnerney would score a 41-yard field goal with 2:06 left until halftime as the ‘Cats lead 18-0.
The Peru state defense would have a shutout for the first half of the game.
The Bobcats would get another field goal as McInerney would be good on 30 yards to make it 21-0 with 1:31 left in the third quarter.
With just under 10 minutes to go, MNU would finally find the end zone with a rushed touchdown to bring the score to 21-7 in favor of the ‘Cats.
The Pioneers would find the end zone again late in the game. This time it was a 21 yard touchdown. MNU would reduce the lead to 21-14 with just 54 seconds remaining.
The State of Peru managed to recover the kick in play and missed the time limit to stay perfect at the Oak Bowl.
Dominguez had 140 passing yards and a touchdown.
Dominguez was also the first runner with 59 yards. He finished with 199 yards of attack for the ‘Cats.
Ki’Jana Owens (North Platte) had nine carries for 28 yards, which was good for the team’s second place finish. Kucera wore it four times for 22 yards and one score.
Dremel jackson (Kansas City, Missouri) had four catches for 48 yards. Kucera had three catches for 32 yards. Fleming caught two balls for 24 yards and a touchdown.
Travis Roseau (Hickman) had 11 total tackles – six of them were solo. Reed also recorded a 0.5 sack for a loss of three.
Mike Mitchell (Brooklyn, New York) had six total tackles, including three solo and managed to register a sack for a loss of eight. Devin Adams (Pines Pembroke, Florida) record six total tackles. Adams had 2.5 sacks and four tackles for a loss.
Carlos thomas (Golf Port, Mississippi) recorded five tackles – two of them were solos. Armunz Mathews (Quincy, Florida) – records an assisted tackle but had the only interception from Bobcat. Mathews knows he has three straight games with a pick.
The ‘Cats will be on the road next weekend to take on Evangel Valor. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Springfield, Missouri.