Northwestern assistant coach Jordan Dyer credited the team with handling the difficult situation as well as possible.
“Hats off to our senors. They are brothers. Every single one of them. Hats off to them for getting the team re-focused,” said Dyer.
The Purple Tigers (5-3, 3-3 MIC) grabbed control in the first half, taking a 24-6 lead into halftime.
“Really, for the most part, Northwestern was better then us,” Peru coach Bob Prescott said. “I thought we made them earn a lot of them points, but I like the way the kids hung in there, and found a way to get points back on the board. It was a testament to our growth. We are in our second year of our weight training.”
Steven McBride led Peru (4-4, 2-4 MIC) with nine carries for 25 yards and one touchdown. QB Nolan Brimbury was 4 of 10 for 179 yards with one interception.
Peru hosts MIC power Hamilton Heights this week. Peru will open Class 3A Sectional 26 play at home Oct. 25 against Rochester.
— Kenny Hetzler
TIPP. VALLEY 35, NORTH MIAMI 14
North Miami dropped to 1-7 overall and 1-5 in the Three Rivers Conference with the loss.
North Miami closes the regular season this week with a trip to Rochester. The Warriors will open Class A Sectional 43 play on the road against South Adams.