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Peru State running back Ki’Jana Owens had a career-high 173 rushing yards against Baker last week, including 142 in the second half.

Peru State looked like a different team during the second half of last Saturday’s game, turning a 10-3 halftime deficit into a 30-17 win over previously unbeaten Central Methodist.

Coach Casey Creehan offered a simple explanation for the turnaround.

“Our execution wasn’t where it needed to be” in the first 1½ games, said Creehan, whose team lost its opener 41-2 before last weekend’s comeback. “In the second half, we just executed better.”

It’s understandable that it took the Bobcats time to get on the same page.

Creehan, who coached Lyon College in Arkansas last season, took over at Peru at the beginning of March — just ahead of COVID-19 shutting down campuses for the rest of the spring.

Peru’s first two scheduled games were postponed as quarantine situations made it even more challenging implementing a new offense.

“There’s nothing about this season that has been ordinary,” Creehan said.

Peru opened Sept. 26, but the Bobcats managed just 118 yards of offense in the blowout loss to Baker. They scored three first-half points against Central Methodist (2-1) before scoring the first 27 of the second half.

Joey Dominguez threw two touchdown passes in the first eight minutes and added a scoring run early in the fourth quarter. Running back Ki’Jana Owens then capped his huge second half with a 71-yard score.

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