PERU COMPLETES COMEBACK, WINS THRILLER OVER RIVAL MACONAQUAH
#11 Peru traveled to Maconaquah for a high stakes matchup with the Braves. The Tigers started very slowly, struggling to drive down the field and was riddled with penalties. Maconaquah ran off with a big lead going into halftime, 20-6. Peru went into the 2nd half slowly, but showed much improvement stopping the Braves multiple times and went into the 4th quarter holding onto a 26-6 lead. Peru quickly found the endzone led by Matthew Roettger, with Landen Crowe sinking the PAT. The Tigers attempted a squib kick which slipped through the hands of a Maconaquah player and Brady Hahn dived on it and the Tigers immediately got the ball back in Brave territory. Peru quickly took the ball to the house and Crowe once again landed the PAT, and the Tigers were now only down 20-26. The Braves couldn’t get their field goal through the uprights from deep and the Tigers were now down to their last chance to either tie or win. The Tigers slowly moved the ball down the field to drain the clock, and the Tigers scored off a 4 yard run by a diving Matthew Roettger. Landen Crowe once again hit the PAT, and the Tigers had to get the stop with 1 minute left to win. The Braves drove down the field, but Tanner Boggs grabbed an interception for a thrilling win over the Maconaquah Braves. The Tigers won 27-26.
Next week the Peru Tigers will battle for the 1st place spot in the TRC, taking on the other team holding 1st place, the Rochester Zebras. Rochester is 4-1, and 4-0 in the TRC, while Peru is 5-0, and 4-0 in the TRC. This will be the 21st meeting between Peru and Rochester, which dates back to 1958. The series is currently tied 10-10. Peru is ranked #16 by the IFCA, while Rochester is unranked. John Harrells prediction for Friday’s game is Rochester taking down the Tigers 28-31. The Jeff Sagarin Ratings rank Rochester at 98th in the state, and rank Peru at 151st in the state. Bottom Line: expect another great Peru crowd and expect some great football!
Tiger Tennis Team Claims 6th Straight TRC Championship, Prepares For Playoff Push
Peru started the long week filled with 6 matches in 5 days with a battle with Manchester. The Tigers got on and off the court pretty quickly, sweeping the Squires 5-0. 1 Singles Ian Potts won 6-0 6-0, 2 Singles Jayleb Walsh won 6-2 6-0, and 3 Singles Jackson Rogers won 6-2 6-1. 1 Doubles Jacob and Jackson Boswell won 6-2 6-2, and 2 Doubles Jadin Pallante and Lucas Musser won 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 6-2. With this win the Tigers just needed to beat Wabash to clinch the Three Rivers Conference Championship.
The Wabash Apaches took the short trip to Peru to battle for the TRC Championship. The Tigers took care of business, but the Apaches put up a great battle. Ian Potts won at 1 Singles 6-3 6-3, Jayleb Walsh won at 2 Singles 2-6 7-5 6-0, and Jackson Rogers won at 3 Singles 6-0 6-2. Jacob and Jackson Boswell won at 1 Doubles 5-7 6-2 6-3, and Jadin Pallante and Lucas Musser won at 2 Doubles and won 6-4 6-1. Peru moved to 14-2 overall and 5-0 in the TRC to claim the TRC Championship.
Peru hosted Oak Farm Montessori on Thursday. Peru got on and off the court very quickly, with every player sweeping Oak Farm 6-0 6-0!
On Saturday Peru took the long trek to Whiteland High School to compete in the Whiteland Invite stacked with great competition. Peru couldn’t keep up with the University Trailblazers and lost 0-5. Ian Potts lost at 1 Singles 3-6 3-6, Jayleb Walsh lost at 2 Singles 1-6 4-6, and Jackson Rogers lost at 3 SIngles 2-6 2-6. Jacob and Jackson Boswell lost at 1 Doubles 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 5-10, and Jadin Pallante and Lucas Musser lost at 2 Doubles 4-6 1-6.
Peru looked to rebound against Jennings County, sweeping the Panthers 5-0. Ian Potts won at 1 Singles 6-3 7-6 (7-2), Jayleb Walsh won at 2 Singles 6-1 6-1, and Jackson Rogers won at 3 Singles 6-0 6-0. Jacob and Jackson Boswell won at 1 Doubles 6-3 6-2, and Jadin Pallante and Lucas Musser won at 2 Doubles 6-3 6-1.
Peru finally took on host Whiteland to end the long week, but the Warriors just slipped away with a 2-3 win over the Tigers. Ian Potts lost at 1 Singles 3-6 2-6, Jayleb Walsh lost at 2 Singles 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 8-10, and Jackson Rogers won at 3 Singles 3-6 7-6 10-4. Jacob and Jackson Boswell won at 1 Doubles 6-0 6-1, and Jadin Pallante and Lucas Musser lost at 2 Doubles 1-6 1-6. Peru moved to 16-4 after the Whiteland Invite.
Tigers Struggle Against 2 Great Schools
Peru took on Kokomo to start the weekend had a promising start against the Wildkats, losing the first set 24-26, but winning the second set 25-15. Peru lost the third set 21-25, and got beat on the fourth set 12-25. Kokomo beat the Tigers 1-3.
Next the Tigers hosted the Northfield Norsemen on Tuesday. Northfield ran away with the first and seconds sets 15-25, 11-25. Northfield won the third set 17-25, and the Norsemen beat the Tigers 0-3.
Tigers Keep Up With Good Teams
Peru started the week with a conference battle against Rochester. Both of the Tiger’s goals came in different halves, with Andrew Dawalt and Jaxson Manriquez both finding the back of the net for Peru. Landen Crowe shut out the Zebras in the net for a clean card and the win for the Tigers. Peru beat Rochester 2-0.
Peru took the long travel to Monticello to battle the Twin Lakes Indians. Peru keep the Indians in check for the first half, only being behind 0-1, but Twin Lakes broke through in the 2nd half to run away from Peru with a 0-3 win over the Tigers.
Peru traveled to Lakeland Christian Academy over the weekend to battle the Cougars. The first half of the match saw little action, while the 2nd half heated up. Peru scored first, where Andrew Dawalt scored the goal. LCA scored with very little time left to send the Tigers home with a 1-1 tie.
Tigers Struggle To Score
Peru traveled to North Miami on Monday to fight the Warriors. Peru couldn’t find the net at all, while North Miami had a scoring frenzy. North Miami scored 6 goals compared to the Tigers 0.
Peru hosted Twin Lakes to play against the Indians. Twin Lakes found the net twice early to go up 0-2 after the 1st half. Peru scored once in the 2nd half while Twin Lakes scored 3 times to beat Peru 1-5. Katy Jo Kieninger scored the only goal for the Tigers.
Peru traveled to Wabash to play the Apaches. Wabash found the net twice while Peru couldn’t. Peru rebounded with a goal in the 2nd half but it would prove worthless as the Apaches would run away with a 1-4 win over the Tigers. Cassandra Blong scored the lone goal for the Tigers.
Tigers Play Great At Sectionals; Dyer Advances To Regionals
The Tigers traveled to Western to compete at Sectionals. Piercey Dyer once again dominated against great competition, but just lost in the playoff that would determine the Individual Sectional Champion. She will still travel to Battleground Golf Course hosted by Lafayette Jefferson to compete in Regionals. Piercey Dyer scored a 74, Lainey Wouster scored a 104, Madison Caldwell scored a 114, Rainacyn Nero scored a 118, and Bailee Beattie scored a 122 for an overall score of 413 which was good enough to take 5th place, but unfortunately the Tigers season would end at Chippendale Golf Course in the Sectional.