No. 3 Ranked Vikings Defeat Peru State College
MARSHALL, MO -- The No. 3 ranked Missouri Valley Viking football team used a suffocating defense to knock off Peru State College at Gregg-Mitchell Field on a chilly Saturday afternoon 67-13.
Leading the way for MVC on offense was quarterback, Bruce Reyes who went 21 of 26 passing with four touchdowns and 207-yards. Taylor Beasley also added 90-yards through the air and one touchdown.13 Vikings made at least one reception in the passing game.
Rushing wise, the Vikings came up with 192 yards, all through committee, as the leading rusher was freshman running back, Terrance Tate who had ten carries for 69-yards.
Defensively, the Vikings limited Peru to just 103-yards rushing, 151-yards below their per game average heading into today's contest, and just 147 total yards, 204-yards below their season average. The Viking pass defense allowed their fewest yards on the season, with just 44yards passing for Peru.
Individually for the Vikings on defense, sophomore defensive back Michael Barnes led with seven total tackles. sophomore defensive lineman Ty Phillips registered the only sack in the ball game, giving him nine sacks on the season. Thomas finished with one and a half tackles for loss for 17-yards to lead in that category. The Vikings finished as a team with seven tackles for loss, resulting in 35 total yards lost for Peru.
The win improves the Vikings to 8-0 overall and 7-0 in Heart of America Athletic Conference play, while Peru drops to 4-5 overall and 2-5 in HAAC play. Up next for the Vikings is a matchup on the road against No. 15 Evangel University. Evangel sits with a 6-1 HAAC record. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in Springfield, Mo.