(Peru, Neb.)—No. 2 Grand View defeated Peru State 31-3 Saturday afternoon in the Oak Bowl. The Vikings improve to 9-0 overall and 3-0 in Heart North play, while the Bobcats are now 4-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
Below is a breakdown of how the game went…
Grand View on its first drive marched down the field and scored right away on an 18-yard pass completion for a touchdown as an eight play 66-yard drive had the Vikings up 7-0 early in the first quarter.
The Bobcats possession was quick as a three-and-out had Peru State punt. The Vikings next possession was also a three-and-out as the Bobcats would quickly get the ball back.
Peru State was able to muster one first down after a third-and-eight pass completion from QB Will Mueller (Springdale, Ark.) to Tyreese Schieffer (Omaha) but they would end up being forced to punt.
Three straight incompletions from the Vikings had only 27 seconds come off the clock as the Bobcats would get another possession quickly. The Bobcats then would march down the field, and the Mueller-Schieffer connection would come up huge as they completed a 17-yard pass on fourth-and-nine.
Mueller then would get down to the two-yard line on a keeper, unfortunately the Bobcats then went backwards and would have to settle for a field goal. Mack Boekhout (Elkhorn) connected from 22-yards out as the score would be 7-3 right before the start of the second quarter.
The ferocious Bobcat defense would hold its own for much of the first half as they would get the Vikings to go three-and-out and force them to punt again. The Vikings and Bobcats then would trade three-and-outs as the second quarter was crawling to the half.
Then a muffed punt by the Bobcats set up the Vikings in great field position at the Peru seven-yard line. The Vikings would punch it in from three yards on second and goal to make the score 14-3.
The Bobcats and Vikings then would stall out a few more times with three-and-outs. Grand View completed a 47-yard pass play on third-and-nine. Deiontay Dozier (Mesa, Ariz.) then produced a huge play as he intercepted the ball in the endzone right before the half.
Peru State started the third quarter with a bang as a 20-yard pass play to Jarrius Anderson (Cordova, Tenn.). The Bobcats would get down to the 15-yard line before their drive would stall. Grand View then blocked a 32-yard field goal attempt as they would take over possession.
The Vikings then methodically drove down the field and a reverse that went for 23-yards had the Vikings down to the two-yard line. Grand View would punch it in to make the score 21-3.
Peru State and Grand View's next offensive possessions were not pretty as they would both go three-and-out. A short punt at the end of third quarter from the Bobcats had Grand View in Bobcat territory.
The Vikings would get three out of the short field as they knocked through a 29-yard field goal. Grand View was leading Peru State 24-3.
On the next Bobcat drive multiple personal foul penalties helped them get to the Grand View 22-yard line, but the Bobcats would come up empty as they turned the ball over on downs.
The Vikings would have one big pass play for 19-yards on their next possession but would have to punt. They would down the punt on the three-yard line.
The Bobcats had a sustained drive going as a 20-yard rush from Cole Nahlik (Washington, Mo.) had the Bobcats out to the 39-yard line. The Bobcats were unable to get much going and were forced to punt. The Vikings on their next possession would score on a 43-yard rushing touchdown.
Grand View defeated Peru State 31-3.
Mueller was 16-of-29 for 128 yards. Nahlik led the way in rushing with 43 yards on nine carries. Anderson had five receptions for 67 yards.
Clayton Thrasher (Mandeville, La.) and Cameron Davis (Hoisington, Kan.) each had ten tackles to lead the way. Dozier had the lone interception.
Peru State hits the road one more time this season as they face Graceland in Lamoni, Iowa. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.