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THE 1934 PERUVIAN
Since it knew its inception here as a major sport in 1901, basketball has constantly been a Peru favorite.
The Bobcats chose a team of national reputation as their first opponent for the 1933-1934 season. The famous Marysville Bearcats furnish the opposition and were hard pushed to win a 25 to 20 verdict in a well-played game staged on the Missourian's ov n court. Lorbeer's basketeers also played their second tussle in the "show me" state and this time emerged victorious over Tarkio College. Carmichael led the scoring for the Peruvians as the "Tarks" took a 29 to 25 beating.
The first home game of the season was a return mix with Tarkio. Forward "Bus" Moore was hitting from all angles, and the Bobcats finished ahead 31 to 2 I.
Probably the most thrilling game of the season was played with the Lincoln Federals, a team composed of Hokuf, Fisher and other former Nebraska U. luminaries. After trailing most of the first half, the Lincoln squad rallied and eked out a 35 to 33 victory.
This encounter was followed by a two-game series with Chadron’s Eagles, defending champions. Feathers flew as a hungry Bobcat atoned for a humiliating football loss by taking both games. The first night, Chadron submitted to a 29 to 12 drubbing followed by a 24 to 19 loss the succeeding evening.
The next brace of conference games saw the blue and white quintet breaking even. Wayne lost a 22 to 25 thriller in a scramble that resulted in the loss of Carmichael, star pivot man. The rangy center sustained a broken arm, and his absence was felt keenly when the Bobcats journeyed to Omaha the following week and dropped a 29 to 17 decision.
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THE 19 34 PERUVIAN
Captain Delbert Miller is ono of the most dependable backs ever to don Bobcat moleskins. Quiet and unassuming, "Deb" is not a flashy player, but is invariably where he should be at the right time, executing his assignment effectively. Ho was a competent leader, and Peru is indeed fortunate to have access to his services again next year.
The 1933 Bobcat eleven made an auspicious debut against Marysville Teachers on the Missourians’ own gridiron. Steve Gaines’ generalship featured in a game that saw Carmichael and Story doing some excellent ball lugging. Peru scored a touchdown in each of the first three quarters and tapered off by scoring a safety in the last canto. The final reckoning credited "Gilk's” boys with a 20 to 0 victory, it being the worst defeat a Marysville team ever suffered at Peru's hands.
The boys enjoyed a week's rest following the Marysville fray, again invading foreign soil the following week to tackle the Warriors of Midland College. Midland's vaunted aerial attack was completely frustrated by an alert group of Bobcat backs. With this, Midland's hnost potent offensive threat checked, the Warriors were forced to resort to defensive tactics. ’’Babe" Story, however, eluded their most careful efforts and ran to touchdowns in the first and last quarters. A tenacious defense also played an important part in the Bobcats' splendid 13 to 0 victory.
The feature of the 1933 Homecoming festivities was the football game with the Plainsmen of Wesleyan University. The tussle presented several new
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THE 19 3 4 PERUVIAN
However, this reputation was short-lived as Omaha's Red Birds journeyed to Peru and garnered a 13 to 0 victory. The Peru defense bogged as a brilliant trio of Cardinal backs took turns at puncturing the Bobcat line. The Bobcats enjoyed some very good moments, but failed to sustain a drive for any length of time. The game, as is typical of most Omaha-Peru conflicts, was an unusually rough affair, both teams drawing numerous penalties.
After the Omaha mix, the Peruvians journeyed to the extreme northwestern corner of the state to engage in battle the champion Eagles of Chadron. Here the Bobcats encountered a superior team and were quite decisively outplayed. Coach Rufus Trapp used his remarkable reserve strength to full advantage in wearing down the Peruvians. The red-garbed Westerners had a brilliant array of performers, Christianson, halfback, and the redoubtable "Indian" Miller, tackle, being outstanding. The final score read 22 to 0 against Peru.
The last game of the season was played on the home field against the Wayne Wildcats. Badly perturbed by the disturbing antics of Wayne's shifty halfback, Gast, the Bobcats were trailing 14 to 0 in the last quarter. Then it was that a splendid Peru rally revealed a marvelous fighting spirit that carried the blue and white clad boys to a 14 to 14 tie. A remarkably executed barrage of passes played the major role in the attack that resulted in two touchdowns, with both extra points converted.
Thusly did a successful season know its fitting end in a surge of undeniable Peru Spirit.
With all lettermen but four returning to the fold next year, prospects for a winning team are exceedingly heartening. Those graduated are: Gaines, Goit, Cowell, and Pate.
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