Apaches Fall In Marathon At Peru

The Wabash Apaches took the jaunt west on state road 24 to Peru Friday, being delayed by thunder before falling in a marathon to the Tigers 56-42.

The Tigers would jump out to a big lead. In the first the Tigers capped off an eight play drive with Jordan Rader scoring from 2yds out to grab a 6-0 lead with 9:39 on the clock. The Peru defense would hold the Apaches and quickly score again when Robert Cunningham scored from 6yds out with 4:58 left to lead 12-0. Wabash would come right back however, getting great running from Kallen Kelsheimer before Devon Higdon connected with Austin Vinopal for 30yds to make it 12-7. Wabash was having trouble stopping the Tigers running game with the Tigers finding the end zone again in the first when Cunniingham scored from 3yds out. Gavin Gysin would run in the two point conversion as Peru led 20-7 after one.

It took Wabash just 8 seconds in the second quarter to close the gap as Higdon and Vinopal connected again, this time from 34yds out to make it 20-14. Once more the ground attack of the Tigers would march down the field with Cunningham scoring from 3yds out with 7:41 left to make it 28-14. Peru would extend their lead on a rare pass with 5:00 left in the half when Cunningham found Gysin from 62yds out for a 35-14 lead. The Tigers defense would come up big stopping the Apaches with the offense making one more big play before the half when Gysin broke loose for a 70yd scamper with 49 seconds remaining as Peru led 42-14 at the half.

The Apaches would strike first in the third quarter when Higdon and Vinopal hooked up again, this time from 13yds out with 9:55 on the clock to make it 42-21. After defensive stops by both team the Tigers had the ball again when Cunningham was stripped of the ball with Vinopal picking it up and racing 55yds for a score to make  it 42-28 with 4:39 left in the third. Peru would regroup and started a drive when Gysin broke loose from 50yds out with 4:22 on the clock to make it 49-28. Wabash would march right down the field after the Peru score, finding pay dirt of their own when Higdon scored from a yard out with 1:53 left to make it 49-35 after three.

After an interception from each team started the fourth quarter Peru would strike first, scoring on a 5yd run by Jordan Rader to make it 56-35 with 10:16 left in the game. With 7:08 left in the game Higdon would find Logan Vander Velden from 17yds away as the score was 56-42. A couple fumbles and an interception later the dust settled with the Tigers holding on for the 56-42 final

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