The Trinity Bible College Lions went on the road for only the second time this season. The Lions started the season with a road game followed by four home games in a row and then followed by a bye week. The Lions traveled to Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska, but first they made a stop Friday night in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Lions were blessed with the opportunity to practice Friday night in Memorial Stadium, home of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Lions have faced Peru State College only one time before, last year at home which the Lions won that match up.
The Trinity Bible College Lions won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half and would kick to the Peru State College Bobcats to open the game. Peru State would use an opening drive that lasted three minutes 47 seconds to find the endzone after eight plays and 54 yards. The Bobcats scored on a three yard touchdown run by Ryan Ludlow giving Peru State College the early 7 to 0 lead. Peru State would then score again on their second possession of the game on a 29 yard touchdown run by Ryan Ludlow. The Bobcats only needed three plays and 52 yards for the drive pushing their lead to 14 to 0 with 8:20 left in the first quarter. Peru State would find the endzone one last time in the first quarter after a 12 play 72 yard drive. Nate Tromblee would score on a one yard touchdown run and after the missed extra point the Bobcats held a 20 to 0 lead of the Lions after the first quarter.
The Lions would get the first possession in the second quarter and drive all the way down to Peru State’s 17 yard line before throwing an interception in the endzone to the Bobcats. However, the Lions would not take long to get the ball back as Diego Ramirez (Dokl, FL) would recover a Bobcat fumble on their 42 yard line. The Lions would be unable to get anything going following the turnover going three and out on their next possession. The Bobcats would then use a four play 57 yard drive to score extending their lead to 26 to 0 with just over seven minutes left in the half. The Lions would finally find the endzone after putting together a really good drive. They started on their own nine yard line and used 10 plays going 91 yards to score on a 25 yard touchdown pass from Austin Morris (Duval, FL) to Barry Bighorn (Culbertson, MT). Christian Troxler (West Memphis, AR) added the extra point trimming the Bobcats lead to 26 to 7 at halftime.
The third quarter looked very similar to first quarter as Peru State would score three touchdowns. The first on a 16 yard touchdown run following a blocked punt by the Bobcats. The second was on a 1 yard touchdown run after a three play five yard drive. Their last touchdown of the quarter came on a 45 yard fumble recovery by Andrian Lawson giving the Bobcats a commanding 47 to 7 lead after the first three quarters.
The Lions put together another tough drive, a 15 play 78 yard drive that took six minutes and 11 seconds. They would score on a five yard touchdown pass from Justin Smith (Ridgecrest, CA) to Tanner Twigg (Detroit Lakes, MN) cutting the score to 47 to 14 with just over 10 minutes to play in the game. Justin Smith would air it out for another touchdown this time to Cooper Spurgin (Red Oak, TX) 33 yards. That would be the last score of the game as the Peru State Bobcats held on to win 47 to 21 over the Trinity Bible College Lions.
In the loss the Lions Justin Smith went 12 of 19 for 105 yards passing with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Johnny Perry (Fort Worth, TX) led the ground attack for the Lions with 18 carries for 130 yards averaging 7.2 yards per carry. Barry Bighorn had another busy day with 4 catches for 66 yards and 1 touchdown to go with 4 kick returns for 89 yards giving Barry 155 all-purpose yards. The Lions were paced defensively again by linebacker Seth Petersen (Dazey, ND) with 6 solo tackles and 5 assisted tackles. Jason Elliott (Thedford, NE) add 10 total tackles of his own, while Josh Conner (Nebraska City, NE) and Diego Ramirez both add 9 total tackles as well.
The Lions offense racked up 339 yards of total offense on 83 plays, rushing the ball 43 times for 156 yards. The Lions went 19 of 40 for 183 yards with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception in the passing game. The Lions also won the time of possession battle having the ball for 34:02.
The Lions next travel to Bottineau, North Dakota on Saturday, October 13th to take on Dakota College at Bottineau.