Fourth Quarter Explosion Lifts Apaches Past Peru

The Wabash Apaches came back in the second half thriller against Manchester a few weeks ago and did it again Friday night, as they trailed by 13 points at the half before erupting for 27 fourth quarter points in a 35-21 win over Peru.

Wabash would take the lead in the first quarter when Jared Holley broke loose on a 58yd scoring run, then score the two point conversion for an 8-0 lead. The Tigers would answer before the end of the quarter when Torion’Ja Forrest scored on a 21yd run to make it 8-7 after one

Jared Holley would get hurt late in the first quarter and didn’t see the field the remainder of the half and the Tigers took advantage of the confusion. Peru would score on a 6yd Darien Cleaver run that was followed by a Forrest 18yd TD reception from Michael Chandler to give the Tigers a 21-8 lead at the half.

Both defenses would dominate in the third quarter, not letting the other get close to the endzone. After a scoreless third the Tigers still led 21-8 before a Wabash explosion in the fourth.

The Apaches would start their comeback early when Kallen Kelsheimer scored from 3yds out to make the score 21-15 after the kick. Wabash would then execute an onside kick with Blake Wiser recovering and started their march again. Wabash would stall at the 30 with one play left before having to give the ball up when Holley scrambled and found Payton Sodervick for a 30yd scoring strike. After the Grant Carandante kick Wabash led 22-21. The Apaches would try another onside kick with the Tigers recovering this time. The Tigers offense was forced to use all four downs with the Apaches defense making the stop and taking the ball over on the Peru 44. Just two plays later Holley would find a hole and 37yds later it was 28-21. For a third time the onside kick seemed to be the right call and it was as Keegan O’Neill recovered. Wabash would tack on one more score when Holley ran a draw to himself and found pay dirt from 28yds away for the 35-21 score.

Passing Cp/Att Yds TD Int Lg
#11 J. Holley 5/12 123 1 36
#17 P. Sodervick 1/1 -3
Rushing Att Yds TD Long Fum
#37 K. Kelsheimer 25 131 1 25
#11 J. Holley 12 100 3 58
#17 P. Sodervick 4 3 2
#81 B. Wiser 2 2 3
#2 B. Boggs 2 -1 3
Receiving Rec Yds TD Long Fum
#80 L. Vander Velden 3 80 36
#17 P. Sodervick 1 30 1 30
#37 K. Kelsheimer 1 13 13
#2 B. Boggs 1 -3

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