The Peru State Bobcat team pounded the ball down the field for 427 yards on the ground on their way to a 44-10 victory over the visiting Avila (Mo.) Eagles.
 
With the win, Peru State improves to 2-1 overall while Avila fell to 0-3.
 
First Quarter Highlights
The way the first quarter was going, it appeared it was going to be a defensive game. Avila did manage to hit a 41-yard field goal as the clock sounded to end the quarter to lead 3-0.

Second Quarter Highlights
Colton Audsley (Prescott Valley, Ariz.) gave the Bobcats decent field position to start the second quarter as he took the kickoff back 28 yards to Peru State's 30-yard line.
 
For most of the Bobcat drive, it was Eric Morrison-Smith (San Diego, Calif.) carrying the ball. Morrison-Smith had eight carries out of nine plays which included runs of 17 and 19. Eventually, Morrison-Smith took the ball into the end zone from the one-yard line to put Peru State ahead for what would be for good. Greg Conry's (Harlan, Iowa) PAT was good and the 'Cats led 7-3 with 10:38 left in the second quarter.

Peru State forced a three-and-out and took over on their 12-yard line. Ricardo Williams (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) quickly put the Bobcats down the field as he scrambled for 60 yards to move the ball to Avila's 28-yard line. After two carries by Morrison-Smith, Tyler Audsley (Prescott Valley, Ariz.) took it in from 14 yards out for Peru State's second score. The PAT was not good, but the Bobcats led 13-3 with 7:01 remaining in the half.
 
Another good defensive stand by the Bobcats gave Peru State the ball at midfield after a shanked punt. Five consecutive rushes moved the ball to Avila's 13-yard line where Conry hit a 30-yard field goal. With 2:46 left on the clock, Peru State led 16-3.
 
Avila did move the ball on their next possession, but their drive stalled as a first and ten on Peru State's 20-yard line was intercepted by Tom Martig (Omaha). Peru State ran one play to end the first half leading 16-3.
 
Third Quarter Highlights
Travis Carnahan (Wahoo) took the second half kickoff back 27 yards to give Peru State a starting position on their 35-yard line.
 
The first drive of the second half was the "Tyler Audsley" drive as Audsley rushed for five times and passed one time. Eventually Audsley carried the ball into the end zone from nine yards out at the 11:57 mark. Conry's PAT was good and the 'Cats were up 23-3.
 
The Eagles came back on their next possession to score what would be their only touchdown of the game. Avila hit a 45-yard touchdown pass and after the PAT was good, the Eagles still trailed 23-10 with 10:44 left in the third quarter.
 
After trading possessions, the Bobcats took over after an Avila fumble which was forced by Ben Watkins (Omaha) on the Eagle two-yard line. It did take the Bobcats four attempts, but Nate Tromblee (Lincoln) took a pitch and went in from one yard out. Conry's point after was good and Peru State led 30-10 with 4:42 to go in the third.
 
Fourth Quarter Highlights
With 7:54 left in the game, Sean Van Briesen (LaVista) took the ball into the end zone from one-yard out and with Conry's kick; Peru State now led 37-10. Van Briesen had a 17-yard gain in the drive which was started when Colton Audsley moved the ball to Avila's 18-yard line with a 31-yard rush on a pitch from his brother.
 
After the Bobcat defense held Avila on their next possession, Peru State started at midfield for what would be their final scoring drive of the contest. Carnahan was now in at quarterback and one of his only pass of the game found the younger Audsley for 20 yards to move the ball to the Eagles' 29-yard line. Eventually, Carnahan would take the ball into the end zone on a quarterback keeper from 17 yards out. After Conry put the PAT through the uprights, Peru State led 44-10 with 1:22 remaining in the game.

AVILA GAME BOOK
Team Statistics
The first downs were close as Peru State gained 19 compared to Avila's 17. The huge difference in the game was the rushing attack of the Bobcats as they rolled up 427 yards on the ground in just 55 carries. The Eagles managed just 41 yards on the ground in 23 attempts.
 
Avila did most of their damage through the air as they were 25 of 53 for 286 yards while Peru State was just 2 of 8 for 22 yards.
 
Peru State did win the turnover game as they intercepted the Eagles three times, but did lose two fumbles.
 
The Bobcats also had the time of possession advantage as they had the ball for over 33 minutes. Peru State was whistled for four penalties for 50 yards while Avila had eight penalties for 81 yards.
 
Offensive Statistics
Both Tyler Audsley and Morrison-Smith were over the century mark in rushing. Audsley finished with 146 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns while Morrison-Smith had 122 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown. Williams added 67 yards on three carries.
 
Audsley was 1 of 7 in passing for 2 yards while Carnahan was 1 for 1 for 20 yards.
 
Colton Audsley and AJ Flodman each caught one pass with the younger Audsley having the 20-yard reception.
 
Special Team Statistics
Conry punted four times averaging 36 yards with one touchback and one inside the 20-yard line.
 
Carnahan had two kickoff returns for 47 yards while Colton Audsley had one for 28 yards.
 
Defensive Statistics
Logan Paben (Columbus) led the Bobcats with nine total tackles and was credited with 0.5 tackle for a loss of two yards and three pass break-ups. Elijah Lavalais-Hawkins (Omaha) added six tackles – two solo and one pass break-up.
 
Rashad Baker (Tempe, Ariz.), Ismael Calvillo (Tucson, Ariz.), and Gunnar Orcutt (Omaha) each were credited with five tackles. Baker added a sack for a loss of five yards.
 
Martig, Michael Bullard (Rabun Gap, Ga.), and Briar Burr (Wood River) each had one interception. Nolan Siemonsma (Plattsmouth) also was credited for a sack for six yards.
 
Upcoming Game
Peru State will be on the road next weekend when they travel to Marshall, Mo., to face the Missouri Valley Vikings. The Vikings are 2-1 and are coming off a double-overtime 34-31 win over Benedictine on Saturday. Game time is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.