Photos: Peru State football home opener vs. No. 11 Evangel

FINAL: No. 11 Evangel 35, Peru State 13

Photos courtesy of Neiman Sneed, Ethan Arnold and Emily Oestmann of the Peru State Sports Network.

Zach Taylor (#47) and two of his Bobcat teammates look to wrap up the Evangel runner

Tajh Eaddy was the Bobcats’ leading rusher as he finished with 143 yards and one touchdown
Colton Audsley heads to the end zone for the first score of the game

Evangel 35, Peru State 13

Evangel, No. 11 in the NAIA, got three touchdown runs from Darrius Lee in knocking off Peru State. Lee finished with 152 yards on 18 carries as Evangel had 13 more first downs than Peru (24-11). Evangel also had a 396-281 edge in total offense. Tajh Eaddy led Peru with 143 yards on 15 carries.

Evangel (4-0)………….0 14 7 14—35

At Peru State (0-3)………0 7 0 6—13

PS: Colton Audsley 26 run (John Brady kick)

E: Darrius Lee 18 run (Brayden Swearengin kick)

E: Brady Collier 22 pass from Cameron Hardesty (Swearengin kick)

E: Lee 1 run (Swearengin kick)

E: Lee 45 run (Swearengin kick)

E: Allen Taylor 9 run (Swearengin kick)

Chadron State 31, Fort Lewis 21

After Fort Lewis took a 21-17 lead with eight minutes left, Jackson Dickerson recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to put Chadron ahead with 5:14 left, then DeAndre Barthwell iced the win with an interception return for a touchdown at the 1:27 mark. Dalton Holst led Chadron’s offense, passing for 221 yards and two touchdowns, while Kevin Coy rushed for 77.

Fort Lewis (0-3)…………………0 7 7 7—21

At Chadron State (2-1)…….0 10 0 21—31

CS: FG Carson Reed 39

CS: Tevon Wright 11 pass from Dalton Holst (Reed kick)

FL: Mason Hatton 4 pass from Nick McNamee (Hogan Keasler kick)

FL: Isiah Mayberry fumble recovery in end zone (Keasler kick)

CS: Brandon Fullerton 9 pass from Holst (Reed kick)

FL: Hatton 1 pass from McNamee (Keasler kick)

CS: Jackson Dickerson blocked punt recovery in end zone (Reed kick)

CS: DeAndre Barthwell 21 interception return (Reed kick)

Emporia State 20, UNK 17

In a tale of two halves, Emporia State rallied from 17 points down to hand UNK its first loss. Emporia, which trailed 17-0 at halftime, took the 20-17 lead with 10:43 left when, on fourth-and-1, quarterback Braxton Marstall chased down a high snap and threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Justin Brown. UNK had a chance to tie, but its field goal try hit off the upright with 1:07 left. Alex McGinnis led the UNK offense with 127 yards passing and a team-best 73 rushing. Darrius Webb added 67 yards rushing and two first-quarter touchdowns.

Emporia State (2-1)………… 0 0 14 6—20

At UNK (2-1)……………………14 3 0 0—17

UNK: Darrius Webb 9 run (Brian Covarrubias kick)

UNK: Webb 8 run (Covarrubias kick)

UNK: FG Covarrubias 31

ES: Kai Collins 6 run (Clark Schoonover kick)

ES: Tyler Harris 2 run (Schoonover kick)

ES: Justin Brown 8 pass from Braxton Marstall (kick blocked)

Augustana 27, Wayne State 21

A late rally came up just short as Augustana held on against the Wildcats. Augustana took a 27-7 lead when Braiden Petersen scored with 13:38 left. At that point, Augustana had a 434-97 edge in total yards. But the Wildcats answered two minutes later on Marlon Warren’s short run, then Nate Rogers’ 20-yard TD catch made it 27-21 with 3:41 left. Wayne got the ball back with 2:27 left and drove to Augustana’s 8-yard line, but that’s where the drive stalled in the final seconds. Wayne’s offense gained 199 yards in the final quarter. Aaron Bleil threw for 229 yards to lead the Wildcats, while Rogers had nine catches for 100 yards. Rudolh Sinflorant led Augustana with 235 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries.

Augustana (2-1)…………….0 14 6 7—27

At Wayne State (1-2)………0 7 0 14—21

WS: Odessa Clark 36 interception return (Ethan Knudson kick)

A: Rudolh Sinflorant 1 run (Luis Guarita kick)

A: Sinflorant 2 run (Guarita kick)

A: Chet Peerenboom 12 pass from Kyle Saddler (kick failed)

A: Braiden Petersen 2 run (Guarita kick)

WS: Marlon Warren 7 run (Knudson kick)

WS: Nate Rogers 20 pass from Aaron Bleil (Knudson kick)

NW Missouri 63, Mo. Southern 0

Elkhorn South graduate Braden Wright threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another as the No. 4 Bearcats cruised. Shane Bane also scored on a 75-yard pass and an 88-yard punt return. Northwest amassed 31 first downs and outgained the Lions 588-187 in total yards.

Missouri Southern (0-3)…………… 0 0 0 0—0

At NW Missouri State (3-0)….14 21 21 7—63

NW: Josh Caldwell 7 run (Parker Sampson kick)

NW: Shane Bane 75 pass from Braden Wright (Sampson kick)

NW: Wright 8 run (Sampson kick)

NW: Chase White 19 pass from Wright (Sampson kick)

NW: Bane 88 punt return (Sampson kick)

NW: Isaiah Strayhorn 2 run (Sampson kick)

NW: Caldwell 3 run (Sampson kick)

NW: Brody McMahon 8 run (Sampson kick)

NW: Kier Brown 1 run (Sampson kick)

Northwestern 49, Midland 20

Northwestern returned two interceptions for touchdowns after halftime, helping the NAIA’s No. 5 team pull away. No. 24 Midland scored twice and gained 181 yards in offense in the first quarter, but the Red Raiders held the Warriors to 157 yards the rest of the day. Jacob Kalogonis rushed for 158 and two touchdowns to lead the Red Raiders, while Midland quarterback Payton Nelson, an Omaha North grad, threw for 169 and rushed for 65.

Midland (2-1)……………………..13 0 0 7—20

At Northwestern (3-0)……..14 0 21 14—49

M: Jacob Ellis 2 pass from Payton Nelson (pass failed)

N: Jacob Kalogonis 21 run (Braxton Williams kick)

M: Lukas Vopnford 4 run (Camdon Griffiths kick)

N: Cade Moser 15 pass from Tyson Kooima (Williams kick)

N: Kalogonis 60 run (Williams kick)

N: Canon Flores 31 pass from Kooima (Williams kick)

N: Noah Van’t Hof 38 interception return (Williams kick)

M: Jordan Jackson 12 pass from Noah Oswald (Griffiths kick)

N: Kooima 12 run (Williams kick)

N: Liam Stubbe 65 interception return (Williams kick)

Briar Cliff 26, Hastings 14

Cole Hanafan, a freshman from Elkhorn South, stepped in for starting quarterback Brad Cagle and threw for 172 yards and three touchdowns as Briar Cliff improved to 3-0 for the first time in program history. Hastings cut its deficit to 20-14 with 8:35 left, but two minutes later, Kwane Johnson caught a screen pass from Hanafan and raced 40 yards for the clinching touchdown. Clark Livingston threw for 233 yards for Hastings, but Briar Cliff’s defense held the Broncos to 43 yards rushing on 34 attempts.

Hastings (2-1)………………0 0 7 7—14

At Briar Cliff (3-0)……….6 14 0 6—26

BC: Elijah Brown 41 pass from Brad Cagle (kick failed)

BC: Brown 7 pass from Cole Hanafan (Steven Dalia kick)

BC: Logann Freeman 68 pass from Hanafan (Delia kick)

H: Tahj Willingham 1 run (Alex Stogdill kick)

H: Jordan Johnson 9 pass from Clark Livingston (Stogdill kick)

BC: Kwame Johnson 40 pass from Hanafan (kick failed)

Doane 24, Dordt 21

Doane scored three touchdowns in an eight-minute span in the second quarter and then held on late for the win. Dordt pulled within 24-21 with 2:47 left and regained possession with 1:07 left, but a Jalen Wiesler interception at the Doane 20 in the closing seconds secured the win. Jack Kalina led Doane’s offense, going 29 of 44 for 235 yards. Garrett Sonderup added 98 yards rushing.

Doane (2-0)……….. 0 21 0 3—24

At Dordt (1-1)………0 7 0 14—21

Doa: Josh Baker 7 run (Bryce Cooney kick)

Doa: Garrett Sonderup 8 pass from Jack Kalina (Cooney kick)

Doa: Kalina 1 run (Cooney kick)

Dor: Noah Clayberg 53 run (Brett Gainess kick)

Dor: Levi Schoonhoven 4 run (Gainess kick)

Doa: FG Cooney 25

Dor: Levi Jungling 3 run (Gainess kick)

Concordia 16, Jamestown 13

Jamestown dominated the statistical matchup, but Concordia came away with the road win. Jamestown outgained the Bulldogs 347-144 in total yards, had 16 more first downs (22-6) and kept Concordia’s offense off the field (time of possession was in Jamestown’s favor 40:53 to 19:07). But after a bad snap on a punt gave Concordia the ball at Jamestown’s 14 in the first minute of the fourth quarter, Ryan Durdon scored on the next play for the deciding touchdown. Durdon, who also scored the winning TD last week, finished with 53 yards on 15 carries. Lane Napier, a David City Aquinas graduate, led Concordia’s defense with 18 tackles.

Concordia (2-0)……………2 7 0 7—16

At Jamestown (1-3)……..7 3 3 0—13

J: James Hagen 8 pass from Jordan Mann (Kai Madela kick)

C: Safety

C: Ryan Durdon 2 run (Alan Sharp kick)

J: FG Kai Madela 33

J: FG Kai Madela 32

C: Durdon 14 run (Sharp kick)

Morningside 66, Dak. Weslyn. 13

Trent Solsma was 34 of 43 for 428 yards and six touchdowns in leading Morningside, No. 2 in the NAIA. Connor Niles again was his favorite target as he caught 15 passes for 166 yards and three TDs. Morningside outgained Dakota Wesleyan 590-266.

Morningside (3-0)…………. 21 24 21 0—66

At Dakota Wesleyan (1-2)……..3 7 3 0—13

M: Jacob Harvey 2 run (Jared Amundson kick)

M: Reid Jurgensmeier 16 pass from Trent Solsma (Amundson kick)

DW: FG Tate Gale 39

M: Connor Niles 1 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)

DW: Daniel Libolt 12 pass from Shaye Slaughter (Gale kick)

M: FG Amundson 34

M: Niles 26 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)

M: Niles 8 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)

M: Harvey 52 run (Amundson kick)

M: Austin Johnson 75 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)

M: Klayton Nordeen 30 interception return (Amundson kick)

DW: FG Gale 32

M: Jared Myers 19 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)

Simpson 27, Neb. Wesleyan 21

Nebraska Wesleyan pulled within 27-21 on a TD pass to Nolan Schafer with 4:50 left, but Simpson held on. Wesleyan regained possession with 1:59 left and drove to midfield before turning the ball over on downs. Cam Bunting led Simpson with 159 yards and three TDs on 34 carries, while Shaka Taylor had 125 yards rushing and two TDs for Wesleyan. Wesleyan QB Jonathan Curti added for 265 yards passing.

Nebraska Wesleyan (1-2)………14 0 0 7—21

At Simpson (2-1)………………..13 14 0 0—27

S: Austin Hronich 15 pass from Tanner Krueger (Zach Kreider kick)

NW: Shaka Taylor 35 run (Jacob Romsa kick)

S: Cam Bunting 4 run (kick blocked)

NW: Taylor 2 run (Romsa kick)

S: Bunting 2 run (Kreider kick)

S: Bunting 13 run (Kreider kick)

NW: Nolan Schafer 33 pass from Jonathan Curti (Rosma kick)

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