Second-Ranked Vikings Stymie Bobcats in Shutout
DES MOINES, IA - The Peru State Football team falls to the nationally-ranked No. 2 Grand View Vikings, 45-0, on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats are now 2-1 in the Heart of America Conference and 4-5 overall.
The game opened with the Vikings having the first possession, driving all the way to the Peru one-yard line. The Vikings fumbled the ball in the end zone which was recovered by Ka'Von Lofton (Apopka, Fla.). The Bobcats were able to get the ball to the Grand View 21-yard line after a rush of 33 yards by Keyon Henry-Brooks (Powder Springs, Ga.) and a 17-yard complete pass from Colin Shields (Wichita, Kan.) to Jordan Kempf (Arlington, Tex.), but the ball was turned over on downs. The Vikings took over the ball at their own 21 and were able to make their way to the Peru State four-yard line before a tackle by Ashley Thompson (Springfield, Ga.) and errors by the Vikings forced them to attempt a field goal which was good, making the score 3-0 to end the first quarter.
To start the second quarter, Stacian Livings (St. Louis, Mo.) rushed for a total twelve yards to the Grand View 25 where Mack Boekhout (Elkhorn, Neb.) attempted a field goal into the wind from the 42 but missed. The Vikings took over at their 25 and were able to make it down the field and score the first touchdown of the game, making the score 10-0. The Bobcats took over at their 25, but went three-and-out, and Lander Imbimbo (Newhaven, United Kingdom) punted. On the Vikings' next three possessions, they extended their lead going into the half ahead 31-0.
The Bobcats were unable to build a comeback in the second half, as Grand View walked away with the shutout, 45-0.
Colin Shields (Wichita, Kan.) finished with 16 completions for 120 passing yards. Keyon Henry-Brooks (Powder Springs, Ga. had 100 rushing yards with the longest carry being 19 yards. TJ Mays (Cochran, Ga.) had a gain of 19 yards. Jordan Kempf (Arlington, Tex.) had three receptions for 54 yards, followed Buddy Belcher who also had three receptions with a total 21 yards.
On defense, Kile Bentley (Cairon Neb.) led the team with five total tackles and a sack, Ashley Thompson (Springfield, Ga.) also added five tackles for the Bobcats. Walter Taylor IV (Kansas City, Mo), Mason Benjamin (Beaumont, Tex.) and Gerald Lewis (Kansas City, Mo) each tallied four tackles during the game.
Next: Peru State Football returns home to the Oak Bowl this Saturday, November 4, to take on the Clarke Pride. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.