By MCW sports staff
---- — Peru's football team celebrated homecoming in a big way by shutting out Taylor 47-0 in Mid-Indiana Conference action Friday night at Bengal Memorial Stadium.
Peru (4-0 overall, 2-0 MIC) took advantage of a small Taylor squad by scoring on its first seven possessions, which included a punt return.
“It's amazing when you try to go back and think about two years ago when we first got here,” said third-year Peru coach Bob Prescott, reflecting on the Tigers' winless season in 2011. “We really try to focus on being as fundamentally sound as we can be. We knew Taylor would come out and play hard, and they did play hard. Coach [Eric] Davis was fundamentally sound, and he changed their scheme around. They were able to move the ball at times, but they just weren’t able to get it in the end zone.”
Peru celebrated its first shutout victory since Sept. 10, 2010, when the Tigers blanked the Titans 61-0.
Peru’s first possession ended with Steven McBride scoring his first touchdown on a 45-yard run. Kegan Kern scored on the Tigers' next possession from 68 yards out. Gordo Maldonado added to Peru’s scoring punch with a 52-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Nolan Brimbury. Maldonado then scored on a 78-yard punt return. All in the first quarter — Peru led 27-0 at the break.
McBride scored his second TD in the second quarter on a 41-yard run, and Michael Richardson added to the scoring on a 15-yard touchdown run for a 40-0 halftime lead.
Kern closed the scoring with an 18-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
McBride led Peru with eight carries for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Kern added seven carries on 115 yards and two touchdowns. Richardson ended with seven carries for 40 yards and one TD.
Brimbury was 2 of 2 passing for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Peru visits Cass this week.
MACONAQUAH 47, EASTERN 0
In a 42-9 loss to Mississinewa in its home opener in Week 2, Maconaquah had several bad breaks snowball out of control in a blowout loss.
In Friday night's 47-0 home romp over Eastern, the Braves made their own breaks.
Maconaquah shut down the Comets' rushing attack and allowed very few big plays, while showing strong rushing and passing attacks on offense in a game where it imposed its will on the opponent, bouncing back from a 61-14 loss at Hamilton Heights last week.
"Our attitudes are a lot better and we're a lot more certain of what we're doing," Maconaquah coach Mark Hartman said. "Defensively, we're playing a lot more aggressively and a lot more disciplined. That showed [Friday] night with a zero on [Eastern's side of] the scoreboard."
The Braves (2-2, 1-1 Mid-Indiana Conference) limited Eastern to 20 rushing yards on 27 carries, leaving the Comets one-dimensional. Eastern was limited to two drives that reached the red zone, including a drive down to the Maconaquah two-yard line with its first possession of the second half, a drive which ended after a seven-yard loss on a run play and an intentional grounding penalty. Maconaquah allowed no rushing plays longer than eight yards, and allowed only one pass play longer than 17, a 22-yard strike on the last play of the first half.
"Maconaquah is big and physical, and they brought it [Friday] night," Eastern coach Josh Edwards said. "They impressed me on film. They do a lot of nice things but have shot themselves in the foot some. I thought they handled us pretty well inside the box. Their linebackers and defensive line stifled us. We knew they were going to bring pressure, and we didn't do a very good job of hitting our hot routes with quarterback and receiver. When they bring more than you can block, you have to make sure you execute that. If you don't you're going to have a long night like we did."
The Braves finished the night with 222 rushing yards on 29 carries and 218 passing yards on an efficient 13-of-16 firing.
Junior tailback Cody Hicks led Maconaquah's charge with 174 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He ran for 148 yards and a TD in the first half, helping the Braves build a 28-0 lead by intermission.
Senior quarterback Kyle Dinn was 12 of 15 through the air for 192 yards and a pair of scores.
Maconaquah visits undefeated Western this week.
NORTH MIAMI 21, WABASH 0
North Miami blanked visiting Wabash in Three Rivers Conference play for its first win of the season.
North Miami is undefeated against Wabash since the Apaches joined the conference in 2006.
Next up for the Warriors (1-3, 1-1 TRC) is a road game against Manchester this week.