The Benedictine football team made sure early on that what happened two years ago in the Oak Bowl would not happen in 2017. The Ravens rolled to a 66-17 win over Peru State in the Oak Bowl on Saturday.
Two years ago, the 'Cats pulled off a 19-17 last-second win to keep Benedictine from the NAIA playoffs. It appears that the Ravens should make the playoffs this season as they finished 9-2 overall and 4-1 in the Heart of America Athletic North Division (Heart). Peru State finished with a 7-4 record and 3-2 in the North Division.
The Bobcats seven-win season matches their best marks of 2015 and 2013 since being in the Heart.
 
First Quarter Action
The Ravens scored first at the 8:32 mark in the first quarter as they had a 55-yard touchdown pass. With the PAT, Benedictine led 7-0.
 With 2:32 left in the first period, Benedictine had another touchdown pass, this time from eight yards out. Their point after was good and the Ravens led 14-0.

Second Quarter Action
 A one-yard touchdown run with 7:35 to go in the half and the PAT put the Ravens up 21-0.
 Later, with 3:38 remaining in the first half, Benedictine connected on a 26-yard field goal try to lead 24-0.
 On Peru State's last drive of the half, the 'Cats started on Benedictine's 39-yard line as AJ Flodman (Hickman) had returned the kickoff 28 yards. Travis Carnahan (Wahoo) connected with Jake Coughlin (Omaha) for a six-yard gain. Sean Van Briesen (La Vista) carried for two yards before the Bobcats called a timeout. On the next play Ki'Jana Owens (North Platte) took the ball for two yards and a first down. After an incomplete pass, the Ravens were flagged for a personal foul and the Bobcats found themselves in the red zone at the 14-yard line. Carnahan and Coughlin hooked up for seven yards and with little time on the clock, Carnahan spiked the ball. After a sack, John Brady (Hickman) came out and hit a 31-yard field goal as time expired.
 At the end of the first 30 minutes, Benedictine led 24-3.
 
Third Quarter Action
 Benedictine would score on their first possession of the second half as they went six plays and 69 yards and scored on a 41-yard touchdown run. The PAT was good and the Ravens led 31-3 with 12:30 on the clock.
 After a three-and-out on the Bobcats, the Ravens then went 44 yards in five plays and scored on a five-yard run. The PAT was good and with 9:09 left in the third quarter, Benedictine led 38-3.
 That would be the score at the end of the third period.

Fourth Quarter Action
 There would be lots of scoring in the final quarter and it started with Benedictine finding the end zone on the first play of the quarter with a 20-yard touchdown pass. The point after was good and the Ravens now led 45-3 with 14:55 remaining in the game.
 Just sixteen seconds later, the Ravens intercepted a Bobcat pass and scored. After the PAT, Benedictine led 52-3.
 The Bobcats did not fold and after a touchback on the kickoff, they started on their 25-yard line. Tajh Eaddy (Spencerport, N.Y.) carried the ball for seven yards and then four yards for a first down. Dan Boshart (Wood River) then had a quarterback keeper and went for 22 yards into Benedictine territory. After a one-yard gain, Boshart called his number again and this time went 27 yards into the red zone. On the next play, Eaddy went in from 14 yards out. Brady's PAT was good and the score was now Benedictine 52 – Peru State 10 with 11:43 left in the contest.
 It only took Benedictine one play on their next possession as they scored on a 67-yard run. With the point after, the Ravens led 59-10 with 11:21 remaining.
 The teams would trade possessions and on the Ravens' next possession they went 27 yards on five plays after a fumble recovery to score on a one-yard run. The point after was good and Benedictine led 66-10 at that point.
 Peru State took over with 4:58 with some new players in the backfield. After a three-yard gain by DeOndrae Mayo (Ocala, Fla.), Peru State lost three yards. Noah Kasbohm (Nebraska City) then found David Bond (New Port Richey, Fla.) with a 25-yard pass completion to move the ball to midfield. After no gain on a play, Mayo had back-to-back carries of four and five yards to bring up fourth and one. Kasbohm then went seven yards for the first down to Benedictine's 34-yard line. After no gain on first down, Kasbohm went around the outside for a 34-yard score. Brady's kick was good and the final score was 66-17 in favor of the Ravens.

 Team Statistics
 While the score was lopsided, the overall stats would not point to such. But, five turnovers for Peru State would lead to a short field for the Ravens.
 Benedictine had 21 first downs while the 'Cats finished with 18. The Ravens finished with 508 total yards with 310 of that coming on the ground. Peru State had 379 total yards with 191 coming through the air.
 The Ravens had five penalties for 50 yards while the 'Cats had six penalties for 65 yards.
 Offensive Statistics
 No Bobcat had more than 50 yards rushing. Boshart led the efforts with 49 yards on two carries while Eaddy finished with 41 yards on four carries and one touchdown. Kasbohm added 38 yards on three carries and one touchdown.
 Carnahan was eight of 20 passing for 157 yards and had two interceptions. Kasbohm was one of two for 25 yards.
Boshart was one of five for nine yards and had two interceptions.
Coughlin caught three passes for 59 yards. Flodman also caught three passes for 45 yards while Bond had two grabs for 34 yards.
Derren Pass (Naples, Fla.) had one catch for 53 yards and Justin Haystrand (New Port Richey, Fla.) had one catch for seven yards.
 Special Team Statistics
 Alex McClendon (Pampa, Texas) punted six times for 189 for 31.5 yards per kick.
 Flodman had the lone punt return for 28 yards. He added three kickoff returns for 55 yards. Bond had two kickoff returns for 34 yards while Madarius Adams (Lakeland, Fla.) also had two kickoff returns for 30 yards while Dylan Andersen (Thedford) had one kickoff return for no yards.
 Brady kicked one field goal for 31 yards.
 Brady had two kickoffs averaging 63.5 yards per kick including one touchback. McClendon had one kickoff for 57 yards.
 
Defensive Statistics
 Justin Barnes (Tallahassee, Fla.) led the Bobcat defense with 11 total tackles – six of which were solo. Barnes added one-half of a sack for a loss of 1.5 yards. Brant Therkelsen (Omaha) and Myles Hicks (Independence, Mo.) each added eight tackles. Therkelsen had four solo tackles and had a tackle for a loss of one yard. Hicks had one solo tackles.
 Gunnar Orcutt (Omaha) and Michael Bullard (Nassau, Bahamas) each finished with seven tackles. Orcutt had four solo tackles and had one tackle for a loss of 4.5 yards. Bullard had three solo tackles.
 Stephen Bowers (La Vista) and Cameron Schlender (Kearney) each had six total tackles. Bowers had three solo tackles and was credited for 1.5 tackles for losses of 14 yards. Schlender had one solo tackles.
 
Final Season for Seniors
 Prior to the game, the College recognized twenty seniors and their parents.