The third-ranked Missouri Valley College football team scored on 10 of 12 possessions Saturday during a 67-13 Heart of America Conference blowout of visiting Peru State.
For the fourth time this season, the Vikings shut out an opponent through three quarters, building a 43-0 lead. The first three Valley possessions began in Bobcat territory due to a short punt, stoppage on downs and blocked punt by sophomore Jonathan Bird III.
Senior Zavier Steward ran twice for 17 yards and three carries by senior LaNorris Dukes, the last from a yard out, got the Vikings in the end zone for the first of six first-half touchdowns.
Sophomore Bruce Reyes began the second series the same as the first, with a 12-yard pass to freshman Mikquel Johnson. A 16-yard Dukes run set up Reyes 9-yard touchdown on a bootleg.
Reyes started and ended the third drive with passes to senior Chris Owens, for 10 and 8 yards.
Senior Taylor Beasley connected with freshman Seth Martinko with a 45-yard scoring strike and Valley got the ball back on the next play with an interception by senior Mike Hall at the PSU 19-yard line.
An 11-yard catch by junior Alex Benson led to Reyes' 1-yard TD flip to freshman Del'Von Franklin.
Senior LaQuentin Black came up with another pick at the Vikings' 4-yard line when Peru State tried to throw a bomb. Valley staged a 15-play, 96-yard drive that consumed more than four of the final five minutes of the second quarter.
Two penalties threatened to derail the Vikings, but on third down and 25 yards to go Reyes hit freshman Jacoby Bellard for 23 yards, then found Franklin for 13 yards on fourth down. Dukes ran twice for 15 yards and Reyes finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Bird.
Valley opened the second half with a 12-play, 68-yard series capped by a 5-yard touchdown pass to Franklin, Reyes' fourth of the game. He sat the rest out after having completed 21 of 26 attempts for 207 yards.
Senior Tripp Thomas forced a fumble recovered by freshman Isaac Reed at the PSU 2. Although the Peru State defense held, senior Fabian Miramontes kicked a 19-yard field goal.
The Bobcats got on the board early in the fourth period, sophomore Ryan Ludlow capping a 13-play, 72-yard drive with a 1-yard run.
Beasley scored on a 6-yard keep and Black returned a punt 68 yards to make it 67-7 before Peru State (4-5, 2-5 HAAC) scored on sophomore Marshall Klontz' 18-yard pass to junior Brendan Whitted following the Vikings' only turnover of the game.
Valley (8-0, 7-0) racked up 489 yards in total offense, freshman Terrance Tate gaining 69 yards on 10 carries.
The Vikings will play their fourth NAIA-ranked opponent of the season, three on the road, Saturday at No. 15 Evangel.