PERU – The Peru State football team struck first on a 26-yard touchdown option run from senior halfback Colton Audsley with 12:33 left in the first half, but No. 11 Evangel would score 35 unanswered points to earn their fourth-straight win, 35-13, Saturday afternoon at the Oak Bowl in Peru.
Sophomore backup running back Darrius Lee led all rushers as the Crusaders improved to 4-0. Lee finished with 18 carries, 152 yards and three touchdowns. Evangel ran for a total of 266 yards.
Junior quarterback Cam Hardesty threw for 141 yards and score on 13-27 passing.
The Bobcats (0-3) ended with 281 yards of total offense, including 231 yards on the ground.
Sophomore fullback Tajh Eaddy rushed for 146 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. His 74-yard touchdown came with 2:46 left in the game.
Eaddy says the Crusaders defensive line, which finished with three sacks on the afternoon and ranks first in the conference in the category, was smaller and quicker.
“That’s not something our line is used to seeing. As the game went on, though, I felt like (our offensive line) started to adjust to it. We started to make the proper calls where they would squish everything inside and I would cut outside. Towards the end of the game, I felt like it started to open up a little bit more, but we weren’t able to put together the win.”
Eaddy hopes the offense can work on finishing drives and punching the ball into the endzone as they prepare for next Saturday’s game vs. Missouri Valley (1 p.m. on KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncn21.com). Peru State has scored eight touchdowns through three games this season while averaging over 400 yards of total offense.
Evangel is back home next weekend vs. Culver-Stockton.
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