PERU, Neb. – The Peru State College football team will be without their starting quarterback for the first time this season.
Senior Travis Carnahan injured his right hand while throwing a stiff arm in last week’s 55-34 win over Graceland. He suffered a cut on his throwing hand deep enough to cause him to get 14 stitches. The stitches are expected to come out next week.
Junior Dan Boshart will start for the first time this fall on Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Canton, MO to play Culver-Stockton (0-9). The 6’0″ 200 QB has played in five games this season, including a 157 yard rushing effort in the second half against the Yellowjackets. He also scored once.
The Wood River, Neb. native has been a quarterback at the school for three years and “really understands the offense,” according to Head Coach Steve Schneider.
“Very smart kid (4.0 student). Did a real nice job when the opportunity presented itself. He had some fresh legs, so he is pretty well rested up and did a real nice job reading our option game and made some things happen on the perimeter.”
Boshart has rushed for 207 yards and scored a touchdown this season. He is 4-6 passing for 44 yards.
His backup will be Nebraska City High School graduate Noah Kasbohm.
Kickoff between Peru State and Culver-Stockton is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday and will be carried on Otoe County Country (KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and ncn21.com).
Peru State (6-3) at Culver-Stockton (0-9)
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Poulton Stadium, Canton, MO
Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM & ncn21.com
Storyline: Peru State’s offense looks to stay on a roll after gaining more than 600 yards against Graceland last week. Culver-Stockton averages 10.3 points per game and has lost all but one game by at least 20 points.
Player to watch: Running back Sean Van Briesen rushed for 137 yards and five touchdowns vs. Graceland. The Papillion-La Vista grad came into the game with four TDs on the season.
Notable: Peru quarterback Travis Carnahan hurt his hand in last week’s win and will be sidelined Saturday.
Pittsburg State (5-4) at UNK (3-6)
Storyline: Two run-oriented teams square off — 58.7 percent of Pittsburg’s total offense has come on the ground, while 50.5 percent of UNK’s offense is rushing. Pittsburg, winners of three in a row, pulled off Division II’s upset of the year last week when it downed Northwest Missouri State 20-10.
Player to watch: UNK’s Sal Silvio had 11 tackles last week against Lindenwood to give him 73 this season, including 10 1⁄2 for loss. He also has two fumble recoveries and an interception.
Notable: UNK’s leading rusher Thomas Russell missed last week’s game due to injury but should return Saturday. He is among the MIAA leaders in carries (149) and rushing yards (70.4 per game). Dayton Sealey has filled in and has a team-high five rushing TDs.
Fort Hays State (9-0) at Northwest Missouri State (8-1)
Storyline: After having their 38-game winning streak snapped last week, the Bearcats face a team ranked higher than them — Hays is No. 6, Northwest No. 8. Hays is looking to win the MIAA for the first time, but Northwest hasn’t lost at home since 2014.
Players to watch: Hays’ balanced offense is led by Jacob Mezera, who has 4,823 career passing yards. He averages 252.2 yards passing per game this season. Kenneth Iheme is the MIAA’s top rusher at 114.3 yards per game.
Notable: Northwest relied on its defense to beat Fort Hays 28-7 last year. Hays was held to 150 total yards and went 0 for 14 on third down.
Chadron State (5-4) at Black Hills State (4-4)
Storyline: Chadron looks to bounce back from last week’s 27-15 loss to Colorado Mines — Chadron led 9-0 10 minutes in before stalling. Derek Johnson rushed for two TDs and 104 yards, giving him four straight games with more than 100. Black Hills State is coming off a bye.
Player to watch: Phydell Paris is Black Hills State’s all-time leading rusher. After running for 1,314 yards last season, he’s run an RMAC-high 192 times for 849 yards and 10 touchdowns this year.
Notable: The last three games in this series have been decided by a combined eight points.
Wayne State (5-4) at Minnesota Mankato (9-0)
Storyline: Wayne comes off last week’s 27-23 win over Concordia-St. Paul as fourth-string QB Mitchell Hansen, in because of injuries, engineered a 75-yard drive and threw the winning TD to Nate Rogers with 23 seconds left. Now the Wildcats face top-ranked Mankato, which leads the NSIC in scoring offense (43.0) and is second in scoring defense (11.1).
Player to watch: Mankato’s Nate Gunn averages 139.4 yards rushing per game. Gunn has 1,115 yards, 10 TDs and leads the NSIC in all-purpose yards per game (139.8).
Notable: Rogers, who has 31 catches for 436 yards and 10 TDs this season, is second on Wayne’s career TD receptions list with 25, two behind Jim Strahan, who set the record in 1949.
Concordia (5-3) at Briar Cliff (0-9)
Storyline: Concordia looks to extend its winning streak to four against a team that has lost all its GPAC games by at least 27 points and is allowing 53.7 points per game. The Bulldogs will need to contain Noah Ylagan, who ranks eighth nationally with 1,108 yards rushing.
Player to watch: Concordia defensive back D’Mauria Martin broke up three passes and had five tackles last week. On the season, Martin has 36 tackles, eight pass breakups, five interceptions and a forced fumble.
Notable: Ryan Durdon had his third 200-yard rushing game last week and has a total of 1,056, fourth on Concordia’s single-season rushing list. He needs 210 yards to surpass JaMaine Lewis’ school record.
Morningside (9-0) at Doane (5-3)
Storyline: Fourth-ranked Morningside can clinch at least a share of its seventh straight GPAC championship with a win over No. 24 Doane, which snapped a two-game skid last week with a 13-7 win at Hastings.
Player to watch: Bubba Jenkins has rushed for an NAIA-leading 1,464 yards and 21 touchdowns for Morningside, which also leads the NAIA in points (54.3) and total yards (611.0) per game.
Notable: Doane’s Kyle Jensen ran for 133 yards last week, the third time he’s rushed for at least 130 yards this season. He has 657 yards on the year.
Hastings (5-4) at Midland (4-4)
Storyline: Hastings has lost three straight and Midland four in a row. In the past two weeks, both lost to unbeaten Morningside — Hastings lost 56-16 two weeks ago and last week Midland lost 36-15. The Warriors trailed 28-0 early in the second quarter.
Player to watch: Hastings’ Tahj Willingham is fifth in the NAIA in rushing with 1,207 yards. He’s also second in the country in all-purpose yards (1,588).
Notable: Payton Nelson, who made his first start of the year at quarterback for Midland last week, went 18 of 38 for 256 yards and a pair of TDs.
Dordt (4-4) at Dakota Wesleyan (5-5)
Storyline: Wesleyan was nationally ranked in September before going 1-3 in October. Dordt has lost two straight.
Player to watch: Hayden Adams leads the NAIA in receiving yards with 1,244. For the season, he’s got 67 catches and 15 touchdowns for Wesleyan.
Notable: Wesleyan QB Dillon Turner leads the country in total offense (3,832) and passing yards (3,014).
Simpson (5-4) at Nebraska Wesleyan (1-7)
Storyline: After a couple of near-misses in recent weeks, Wesleyan finally broke through with a 14-13 victory over Buena Vista. Wesleyan will try to win on Senior Day against a Simpson team that already has its most wins in a season since 2013.
Player to watch: Wesleyan QB Jonathan Curti has a chance to break the school’s single-season passing yards record, but Simpson’s defense leads the IIAC in passing yards allowed. Curti has thrown for 2,509 yards and 22 TDs. The record is 2,792.
Notable: This is Wesleyan’s last chance to win at home this season. The last time Wesleyan went winless at home was 1968.