The Southwestern College football team will host the Bobcats of Peru State College in its home opener Saturday. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Richard L. Jantz Stadium in Winfield.
Peru State (1-0) at Southwestern (1-0)
Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 // 6 p.m. // Richard L. Jantz Stadium (3,500) // Winfield, Kan.
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-Southwestern and Peru State will meet for the first time in program history on Saturday with a 6 p.m. kick-off at Richard L. Jantz Stadium in Winfield, Kan. The game will be played as part of the inaugural KCAC-HAAC Football series.
-Southwestern brings a 1-0 record into its second game of the season for the first time since the 2007 season when the Moundbuilders opened the season with a 12-7 win over KCAC foe Saint Mary.
-Saturday's game will be the first between the Moundbuilders and a team from Nebraska since the 1997 season, when Doane defeated Southwestern, 53-28, in the first round of the NAIA Playoffs on the Tigers' home field in Crete, Neb. Peru State is the first team from Nebraska to ever play in Winfield.
-The Moundbuilder football program is closing in on a pair of milestones. Southwestern enters Saturday's game with an all-time record of 498-438-53, and needs just two wins to post the 500th win in program history. The 2013 season will also mark the 1,000th game in program history. That will occur on Nov. 2 when the Builders host Saint Mary.
The Head Coaches...
Southwestern Head Coach Ken Crandall...
-Named head coach of the Moundbuilder football program prior to the 2007 season.
-Is 20-43 in his time at Southwestern
-Has never faced Peru State
-Played four years at Fort Hays State University
Peru State Head Coach Steve Schneider...
-Is in his third season at the helm of the Peru State football program.
-Is 8-14 in his time at Peru State.
-Is also the Peru State athletic director.
Location (Pop.): Peru, Neb. (865)
Distance from Winfield: 268 Miles
Conference: Heart of America Athletic Conference
Colors: Azure Blue & white
Rivals: Benedictine, Graceland, Culver-Stockton
-Floyd James Fithian, Ph.D. (Commander - US Navy)
-Robert Dinsmore Harrison (US Congressman - Nebraska)
For What It's Worth...
-Peru State is the youngest member in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. The Bobcats joined the conference in 2011 after decades of competition in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.
-Peru State became the first state-supported college in Nebraska when the grounds of the former Mount Vernon School were deeded to the State of Nebraska in 1867.
-Peru State won the 1990 NAIA Division II Football National Championship with a 17-7 win over Westminster (Pa.)