After forcing a fumble by Peru State at the 9:08 mark in the first quarter, Cameron Hajok returned that fumble for a 42-yard touchdown to give the No. 24-ranked Raven Football team the lead over Peru State, 14-7. It was a lead they would never surrender as they earned a 34-25 win over the Bobcats to close out the season in front of a Senior Day crowd at Larry Wilcox Stadium.
In total, Benedictine (7-4, 3-2 Heart) forced Peru State (5-6, 1-5 Heart) nto five fumbles – four of which led to turnovers – while recording two interceptions. The six turnover effort by the Raven defense marked the second straight week that the defense forced six turnovers in a win.
In addition to the fumble return for a touchdown, the Ravens scored four more times in the win as they scored twice through the air and twice on the ground.
Benedictine's first touchdown came on a 58-yard strike from Jacob Koester to Christian Haack that allowed the Ravens to tie the game at seven with 10:25 left to play in the first. Koester scored on a one-yard keeper to close out the first quarter but the PAT was block giving the Ravens a 20-7 lead after one.
A nine-point second quarter by the Bobcats, who kept the Ravens scoreless in the quarter, pulled Peru State within four points at the half as Benedictine led 20-16.
Benedictine struck first in the third quarter, this time on a nine-yard pass from Kyle Harmyk to Ejay Johnson. Johnson added a 14-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to wrap up the Ravens scoring on the day and give Benedictine some breathing room down the stretch.
Peru State added nine points to their total in the fourth quarter but that proved to be too litte, too late for the Bobcats as the Ravens earned the win.
The Ravens tallied 283 yards of total offense, rushing for 161 yards and passing for 122 yards.
Johnson anchored the rushing attack with 158 yards on 28 carries. Koester finished with 63 yards off four completions while Harmyk added 59 yards off three completions. Christian Haack led the Ravens receivers with 59 yards off two receptions.
Defensively, Kenny Hershberger and Chandler Staley anchored the Ravens with 13 tackles each while Kourtlin Flournoy added 10. Stevel Williams was credited with both interceptions while Brandon Eddy recovered two fumbles with Daishon Johnson recovering the fourth. Shane Baumann, Kendall Williams, Matt Murillo and Williams forced the other four fumbles. Mario Diaz recorded the Ravens lone sack, for a loss of seven yards while as a unit the Raven defense recorded six tackles for a loss totaling 16 yards.