The Trinity Bible College Lions started the season off quickly with two wins but as of late the Lions were struggling losing three straight games. Finally, back home for the first time in four games the Lions welcomed the NAIA Peru State Bobcats.
The Lions who would win the toss and elect to receive, wanted to set the tone for the afternoon and they would. They drove 62 yards in eight plays taking two minutes and 54 seconds to score on the opening drive of the game. The drive was capped off by Donald Knight (Apopka, FL) who scored on a two yard run, with Austin Bowman’s (Oshkosh, WI) successful extra point the Lions held a 7-0 lead. Peru State would add a field goal to the scoreboard on a 32 yard field goal by Levi Cockle after a 13 play 46 yard drive that ate up seven minutes and 55 seconds. At the end of the first quarter the Lions held a 7-3 lead.
In the second quarter the Lions looked to widen their lead and they did so after a five play 69 yard drive, in which Brandon Welch (Orlando, FL) would find Barry Bighorn (Culbertson, MT) on a 34 yard touchdown pass. After a failed two point conversion try, the Lions were up 13-3. The Lions then would score with no time left on the clock in the first half on a nine yard touchdown pass from Brandon Welch to Khalil Ervin (Philadelphia, PA). Then the Lions extra point try was blocked and returned by Trey Rigby for two points by Peru State, giving the Lions an unusual 19 – 5 lead.
After a scoreless third quarter the Lions would put the finishing touches on the victory with the longest play from scrimmage for the Lions all year. Brandon Welch would find Barry Bighorn for another touchdown but this time is was a 92 yard touchdown pass from Welch to Bighorn. The Lions would score one more time on a 21 yard touchdown pass from Welch to Shean Bosworth (Winchester, IN).
The 31 – 5 victory over Peru State moves the Lions to 3-3 on the year and 2-0 so far at home. Brandon Welch had an excellent game going 22 of 37 for 412 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions. Donald Knight led the team in receptions with seven for 93 yards, while Barry Bighorn led in receiving yards with four catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Leading the Lions defense was Cole White (Grass Valley, CA) with 14 total tackles with two tackles for loss. Chance Baker (Norco, CA) added 12 total tackles and one sack. Aaron Conner (Nebraska City, NE) had eight total tackles and one sack of his own, while Fred Herman (Coconut Grove, FL) had eight total tackles as well.
The next game for the Lions is their Homecoming game Saturday, October 15th against Robert Morris. Kick-off is noon.