Peru State Football Beats Statesmen with Dominant Defense in Second Half
OSKALOOSA, IA - The Peru State football team defeated the William Penn Statesmen, 24-13, on Saturday afternoon in Oskaloosa, Iowa. This is the Bobcats' sixth consecutive win over the Statesmen.
With 5:41 on the clock in the first quarter, the Statesmen turned the ball over on downs. Keyon Henry-Brooks rushed 68 yards to score the first touchdown of the game and Mack Boekhout's field goal attempt was good. The score was 7-0 with 5:31 on the clock. The score was 7-7 at the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter, the Statesmen were able to make it into the end zone. The score was 13-7 with 11:52 on the clock. The Bobcats were able to make it back to the William Penn five yard line before the ball was turned over on downs. The Statesmen were only able to gain six yards on their try before having to punt, putting the ball on the William Penn 47. The score after the first half stayed at 13-7.
The Bobcats came out ready to fight in the second half. Peru State managed to stop the Statesmen on the Peru State 49 after a tackle by Justin Carfrey and Alex Dzingle. The Bobcats took over on the William Penn 45. Keyon Henry-Brooks and Stacian Livingston rushed the ball all the way to the William Penn 26. A 19-yard pass to Tyler Floyd from Colin Shields and another pass to Jordan Kempf got the Bobcats into the end zone. A kick attempt by Mack Boekhout was good, making the score 14-13 with 9:46 on the clock. The Bobcats kept fighting and with 2:26 on the clock, Kile Bentley forced a fumble which was recovered by Ashley Thompson at the William Penn 19. After continuing to try and push to the end zone, Mack Boekhout had a good field goal attempt from the 21 with 52 seconds left on the clock. The score leaving the third quarter was 17-13 in favor of PSC.
After stopping the Statesmen to start the fourth quarter, the Bobcats took over at the Peru State 20. After multiple complete passes from Colin Shields and 28 rushing yards by Keyon Henry-Brooks, the Bobcats made it to the William Penn 17. Colin Shields connected with Jordan Kempf for 17 yards and another touchdown for a 24-13 lead with under five minutes to go. The Statesmen were stopped by the Bobcats on their final drive, and Peru went into victory formation to finish the game, 24-13.
The Bobcats outrushed the Statesmen with Keyon Henry-Brooks having a 190 rushing yards. Stacian Livingston added 58 yards on the ground. The Bobcats had a total of 257 rushing yards while the Statesmen were only allowed 129 on Saturday. Tyler Floyd had 54 receiving yards with four receptions, followed by Jordan Kempf who had 44 yards and four catches.
Next: Peru State travels to Des Moines, IA, next Saturday, October 28, to play #2 Grand View University. Kickoff is set for 12pm.