Defense, special teams lead Peru State to second-straight win

OLATHE, Kan. – Sophomore punter John Brady pinned MidAmerica Nazarene inside the five-yard line twice, eventually leading to two scores in Peru State’s 24-19 victory over the Pioneers on Saturday in Olathe, Kan. Brady, who is also the kicker, put the Bobcats on the board first with a 30-yard field goal in the first quarter.

Peru State’s special teams blocked a punt and recovered the football in the end zone with 2:36 left in the first half.

Pinned deep in their own territory again with 10:49 in the third quarter, MidAmerica Nazarene fumbled the ball into the end zone and it was recovered by senior defensive end Jordan Willis. Senior defensive end Stephen Bowers forced the fumble, giving the Peru State a 17-13 lead.

The Bobcats also blocked their third field goal in two games and an extra point to improve to 2-3 this season. The defense forced three turnovers, all fumbles in the second half. They held the Pioneers to five three-and-outs.

Senior quarterback Dan Boshart led Peru State on their first drive, but left the game with a concussion. Sophomore Noah Kasbohm piloted the offense to a tune of 48 yards passing, 14 rushing and a score on a 48-yard screen pass to senior fullback Deondrae Mayo.

Senior running back Colton Audsley was the leading rusher for the ‘Cats. He finished with 12 carries for 65 yards. PSC finished with 158 total rushing yards, part of 267 total offensive yards.

The Pioneers (2-4) had 488 yards of total offense. Freshman running back Jamar Moya rushed for 201 yards and a touchdown. Junior quarterback Austin Blackston threw for two scores on 16-22 passing for 171 yards.

Peru State will host #11 Baker next Saturday on Homecoming weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Otoe County Country (KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and ncnsportsnow.com).

MidAmerica Nazarene travels to #10 Grand View next weekend.

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