Peru, Neb. – The Evangel Valor football team used a complete team effort Saturday afternoon to post its second shutout of the season, 28-0, at Peru State in college football action.
Evangel (4-2) enters the bye week after holding Peru State (2-5) to just 3.5 yards per play and 223 total yards of offense. The Valor defense was stout again, intercepting two passes for the game's only turnovers.
RJ Wakley and Dillon Hester connected twice on the afternoon, with the first score coming after a goal-line stand by the Evangel defense on the opening series. Wakley connected with Hester from 30 yards out near the sideline to complete a 9-play, 76-yard drive.
Wakley threw two touchdowns, both to Hester, as he finished 18 of 32 for 161 yards. He also carried the ball 11 times for 44 yards on the ground. Hester caught a team-high six passes for 74 yards.
The Valor would extend its lead in the second quarter when Sammy Robinson broke open a 31-yard run through the middle of the Bobcat defense. The drive took just 57 seconds as Evangel opened up a 14-0 lead at the 14:04 mark of the second quarter.
Evangel would score one more time before the half when Hester caught a 5-yard pass from Wakley to put the Valor up 21-0.
The lead would hold through a scoreless third quarter as both defenses locked in after halftime.
In addition to the interceptions by Tyler White and Joey Sylvester, the Evangel defense caught Peru State in the backfield for 12 tackles for a loss as a team. Will Anoa'i led the way with three, while Ian Ary added 2.5 tackles for a loss.
Bradley Myers led the Evangel defense with 13 tackles and 1 TFL, while Ary added nine total tackles.
Freshman quarterback Matt Allen scored the final touchdown for Evangel in the fourth quarter on a 6-yard keeper into the endzone.
Evangel heads into its bye week before starting Heart Conference action with South Division rival Missouri Valley on October 15 at Eagle Stadium in Nixa, Mo. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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