PERU, Neb. – The Benedictine football team forced five Peru State turnovers in the second half, including a pick-six, and the #15 Ravens defeated the Bobcats, 66-17, Saturday afternoon at the Oak Bowl in Peru.
Benedictine jumped out to 24-0 lead on two touchdown passes from Shaefer Schuetz to Aaron Jackson of 55 and 7 yards, a one-yard rushing touchdown from running back Ejay Johnson, and a 26-yard field goal from Jacob Young.
The Ravens would score on six of their eight possessions in the second half, including touchdown runs of 41 and 67 from running back Marquis Stewart.
Both Johnson and Stewart finished with over 100 yards rushing. Johnson ran for 142 yards on 18 carries. He added two touchdowns. Stewart ran the ball eight times and rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns.
Benedictine gathered 508 total yards of offense. Peru State’s defense gave up 1,544 yards of total offense the last three weeks of the season.
Fullback Tajh Eaddy and quarterback Noah Kasbohm scored the two touchdowns for the Bobcats.
Peru State finishes the season 7-4. Benedictine improves to 9-2 and will await their seeding in the NAIA postseason on Sunday afternoon.
Benedictine 66, Peru State 17
Storyline: A week after a loss to Grand View, Benedictine amassed 508 yards of offense in rolling past Peru State, which had won three straight.
Star of the game: Ejay Johnson and Marquis Stewart combined for 262 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries to lead Benedictine’s ground game.
Notable: Peru State committed five turnovers, including four interceptions. One was returned for a touchdown.
Benedictine (9-2)……14 10 14 28—66
At Peru State (7-4)…..0 3 0 14—17
B: Logan Harris 45 pass from Shaefer Schuetz (Young kick)
B: Aaron Jackson 8 pass from Schuetz (Jacob Young kick)
B: Ejay Johnson 1 run (Young kick)
B: FG Young 26
PS: FG John Brady 31
B: Marquis Stewart 41 run (Young kick)
B: Johnson 5 yd run (Young kick)
B: Harris 20 pass from Todd Porter (Young kick)
B: Connor Haynes 10 interception return (Young kick)
PS: Tajh Eaddy 14 run (Brady kick)
B: Stewart 67 run (Young kick)
B: Frank Trent 1 run (Young kick)
PS: Noah Kasbohm 34 run (Brady kick)
Morningside 35, Concordia 0
Storyline: Morningside claimed the outright GPAC title with a dominant defensive effort. It held Concordia, which had a four-game win streak snapped, to 10 first downs and 149 total yards. Ryan Durdon, who had 795 yards rushing in Concordia’s previous four games, had minus-1 yard on seven carries.
Star of the game: Chad Berg was Morningside QB Trent Solsma’s favorite target as he caught 11 passes for 149 yards and two TDs. Solsma was 23 of 35 for 282 yards.
Notable: Lane Napier stayed busy for the Concordia as the David City Aquinas graduate finished with 17 tackles and forced a fumble.
Morningside (11-0)…..14 7 7 7—35
At Concordia (6-4)…….0 0 0 0— 0
M: Connor Niles 26 pass from Trent Solsma (Jared Amundson kick)
M: Tanner VerSteeg 30 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)
M: Chad Berg 5 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)
M: Berg 26 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)
M: Bubba Jenkins 7 run (Amundson kick)
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Midland 31, Doane 20
Storyline: Midland finishes its season with back-to-back wins. Doane pulled within 17-7 on an 86-yard TD pass to Jacob Cornelius, but the Warriors got a Mike Seawell TD catch 41 seconds later to regain control of the game.
Stars of the game: Midland QB Peyton Nelson ran for two scores and passed for 226 yards and another score. Emmitt Knight added 96 yards rushing for Midland.
Notable: After a promising start that had it nationally ranked, Doane went 1-4 after September.
Doane (5-5)…….0 0 7 13—20
At Midland (6-4)…..8 9 14 0—31
M: Peyton Nelson 2 run (Hayden Dunn run)
M: Safety, blocked punt recovered in end zone
M: Mikal Coleman fumble return in end zone (Camden Griffiths kick)
D: Jacob Cornelius 86 pass from Jack Shadley (Bryce Cooney kick)
M: Mike Seawell 33 pass from Nelson (Griffiths kick)
M: Nelson 2 run (Griffiths kick)
D: Cameron Vitosh 26 pass from Shadley (kick failed)
D: Trev Lovell 1 run (Cooney kick)
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Northwestern 31, Hastings 12
Storyline: Northwestern scored on its first three possessions for a 17-point lead as the Red Raiders went on to their fifth straight win. Hastings ended its season on a five-game losing streak.
Star of the game: Jacob Kalogonis did the heavy lifting for the Raiders as he rushed for 266 yards and two scores on 35 carries. He has more than 1,400 yards this year.
Notable: Northwestern held Hastings’ Tahj Willingham, another back with more than 1,400 yards on the season, to 26 yards on 12 carries.
Northwestern (9-1)……17 0 7 7—31
At Hastings (5-6)…….0 12 0 0—12
NW: Jacob Kalogonis 5 run (Braxton Williams kick)
NW: FG Williams 32
NW: Kalogonis 2 run (Williams kick)
H: Anthony Cloyd 25 run (kick failed)
H: Jordan Johnson 10 pass from Clark Livingston (pass failed)
NW: Tyson Kooima 1 run (Williams kick)
NW: Gabe Toki 2 run (Williams kick)
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Dordt 58, Briar Cliff 37
Storyline: Dordt racked up 624 yards of offense, 447 coming on the ground, to finish the year 5-5. Blue Hill grad Keithen Drury had 201 yards on 25 carries. Dillon Ruelas was 26 for 41 for 415 yards for Briar Cliff, but Dordt picked him off five times.
Star of the game: Dordt’s Levi Jungling made the most of his touches. He scored four times on five rushes and had a receiving TD as he had four catches for 77 yards.
Notable: Arie Hoekstra had three interceptions and a game-high 12 tackles for Dordt.
Briar Cliff (0-11)…..13 14 10 0—37
At Dordt (5-5)…….14 21 16 7—58
D: Levi Jungling 29 pass from Brock Lamle (Jeff Paepke kick)
BC: Chance Barlow 2 run (kick failed)
D: Jungling 2 run (Paepke kick)
BC: Noah Ylagan 4 run (Steven Delia kick)
D: Levi Schoonhoven 15 run (Paepke kick)
BC: Logann Freeman 55 pass from Dillon Ruelas (Delia kick)
D: Jungling 1 run (Paepke kick)
D: Jungling 22 run (Paepke kick)
BC: Joe Heinrichs 24 pass from Ruelas (Delia kick)
BC: FG Delia 25
D: Keithen Drury 11 run (Corey Patulea pass from Lamle)
BC: Barlow 4 run (Delia kick)
D: Jungling 20 run (Jungling run)
D: Schoonhoven 13 run (Paepke kick)
Fort Hays St. 41, UNK 7
Storyline: Fort Hays State completed an undefeated regular season by rolling over rival UNK. The Tigers forced three turnovers, including a 33-yard interception return by Tanner Hoekman just before halftime to make it 27-0.
Star of the game: Jacob Mezera was efficient in the pass game for Hays as he was 25 of 34 for 204 yards and two touchdowns.
Notable: Elkhorn South grad Steve Worthing led UNK in rushing (39 yards) and threw for 198 yards.
UNK (3-8)…………..0 0 7 0— 7
At Fort Hays State (11-0)……10 17 7 7—41
FH: Kenneth Iheme 2 run (Brandon Brown kick)
FH: FG Brown 36
FH: FG Brown 35
FH: Harley Hazlett 1 pass from Jacob Mezera (Brown kick)
FH: Tanner Hoekman 33 interception return (Brown kick)
FH: Matt Wendelberger 3 pass from Mezera (Brown kick)
UNK: Steve Worthing 3 run (Brendan Wentling kick)
FH: Isaiah Blackmon 1 run (Brown kick)
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Colorado Pueblo 28, Chadron State 6
Storyline: Pueblo scored on TD drives of 12 and 14 plays in the second quarter to take control. Pueblo held the Eagles to 226 yards and forced three turnovers. Chadron running back Derek Jackson had just 42 yards on 11 carries.
Star of the game: Marche Dennard rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries for Pueblo
Notable: Safety Brian Wood recorded 16 tackles Saturday and had 48 tackles in Chadron’s last four games. Tyler Lewis returned an interception for Chadron’s TD — last week, he had a fumble return for a touchdown.
Colorado Pueblo (9-2)…..7 14 7 0—28
At Chadron State (6-5)…..0 0 6 0— 6
CP: Marche Dennard 2 run (Mitchell Carter kick)
CP: Rex Dausin 1 run (Carter kick)
CP: Ammon Johnson 13 pass from Dausin (Carter kick)
CP: Dennard 5 run (Carter kick)
CS: Tyler Lewis 22 interception return (pass failed)
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Wayne State 28, Upper Iowa 10
Storyline: Aaron Bleil threw three second-half TD passes to lead Wayne. His pass to Layne Sullivan with 2:32 left in the third quarter put the Wildcats ahead for good. Wayne won despite being outgained 393-227.
Star of the game: Wayne State’s defense, which intercepted Upper Iowa QB Brent Lammers five times and sacked him five times. Shaq Paddy had two picks, while Omaha Central grad Aaron Wright returned another interception 71 yards.
Notable: Wayne receiver Nate Rogers caught seven passes for 49 yards and a fourth-quarter TD, his 12th this season. It also was his 27th career TD reception, tying him with Jim Strahan for most in school history.
Upper Iowa (6-5)…….0 10 0 0—10
At Wayne State (6-5)…..0 7 7 14—28
WS: Houston Huss 11 run (Ethan Knudson kick)
UI: Jarred Edmonds 21 pass from Brent Lammers (Brady Beuschel kick)
UI: FG Beuschel 38
WS: Layne Sullivan 2 pass from Aaron Bleil (Knudson kick)
WS: Nate Rogers 3 pass from Bleil (Knudson kick)
WS: Willie Walton 41 pass from Bleil (Knudson kick)
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Northwest Missouri 30, Missouri Western 0
Storyline: Northwest Missouri snapped its two-game losing streak, blanking the Griffons. The Bearcats defense allowed 186 yards of offense as Western’s quarterbacks combined to go 9 of 32 with an interception.
Stars of the game: Emanuel Jones scored his first two touchdowns of the season for the Bearcats. Chase White, who had 64 yards rushing before Saturday, finished with 100 yards on 12 carries.
Notable: As it’s done all season, the Bearcats relied on its defense, which recorded its fifth shutout. Northwest is allowing 8.3 points per game.
Northwest Missouri (9-2)…..7 10 10 3—30
At Missouri Western (4-7)……0 0 0 0— 0
NW: Shawn Bane 37 pass from Jonathan Baker (Parker Sampson kick)
NW: Emanuel Jones 1 run (Sampson kick)
NW: FG Sampson 29
NW: FG Sampson 22
NW: Jones 17 run (Sampson kick)
NW: FG Sampson 37
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Wartburg 41, Nebraska Wesleyan 20
Storyline: Nebraska Wesleyan led unbeaten Wartburg at halftime before Matt Sacia hit Riley Brockway with three TD passes in the third quarter.
Star of the game: Brockway finished with nine catches for 245 yards and four touchdowns, all after the half.
Notable: Jonathan Curti completed a productive season as Wesleyan QB, going 33 for 52 for 367 yards and three TDs. His passing numbers for the season — 266 completions for 3,255 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Nebraska Wesleyan (2-8)……….7 6 0 7—20
At Wartburg (10-0)……..7 0 21 13—41
NW: Austin Taylor 6 pass from Jonathan Curti (Jackson Hinze kick)
W: Jake Kloft 95 kickoff return (Jordan Johnson kick)
NW: Shaka Taylor 38 pass from Curti (kick failed)
W: Riley Brockway 3 pass from Matt Sacia (Johnson kick)
W: Brockway 40 pass from Sacia (Johnson kick)
W: Brockway 64 pass from Sacia (Johnson kick)
W: G. Brennecke 25 pass from Sacia (Johnson kick)
NW: Derrick Curtis 7 pass from Curti (Hinze kick)
W: Brockway 59 pass from Sacia (kick failed)