On Sunday September 22, the Van-Far 3rd and 4th grade Indians traveled to Mexico to play the Mexico Slumberland team on Optimist field. The Indians pulled out their third win of the season with a final score of 33-12.
To start off the first quarter, the Slumberland team kicked off to the Indians. Dalton Bailey returned the ball for 17 yards. On the first play, Bailey handed the ball off to Darius Starks, who ran for 33 yards to score an Indians touchdown. The extra point was no good, giving the Indians a 6-0 lead.
Starks then kicked the ball off to Slumberland, who steadily worked their way up the field. With 4:00, left in the first quarter, the Slumberland team added six points to the board. Pacey Cope prevented the extra point with a defensive stop, holding the score tied at 6-6.
On the next kick off, Starks returned the ball for 40 yards. Bailey pitched the ball to Colin Martin, who rushed for three yards at the end of the first. On the next exchange, Gavin Allen ran for a seven-yard gain. With the Indians lined up on Slumberland’s 15-yard line, Starks ran the ball in for another Indian touchdown. The extra point was no good, making the score 12-6. Near the end of the first half, the Indians kicked off to the Slumberland team. Easton McAfee and the Indians defense shutdown Slumberland’s offense and forced a turnover on downs. Allen got the ball once again and rushed 27 yards for a touchdown with 3:00 left in the second. Martin had room to run and scored the extra point, moving the Indians father ahead by a score 19-6.
Slumberland’s time of possession was cut short, when Martin stepped in front of a pass for the interception. Martin ran the ball back 25 yards before time ran out on the clock.
Starting the third quarter with a hefty lead, the Indians kicked off to Slumberland. The Indians defense kept moving Slumberland back until they fumbled the ball, and Allen was there to get the ball. The Indians didn’t waste any time, as Bailey threw the ball to Cope for the first down. On the next play, Starks broke free and found the end zone with 5:00 left in the third. Martin followed up with the extra point, extending the Indians lead 26-6.
Slumberland tried to get an offensive drive going but Case Stafford and the Indians defense wouldn’t let up. At the start of the fourth, Starks found a hole and sacked the quarterback. The sack caused a fumble that was quickly recovered by the Indians defense.
Bailey then pitched the ball to Allen, who ran down the field for a 49-yard touchdown. Starks got the extra point, making the score 33 to 6.
Although the Indians defense seemed impassable, the Slumberland found a way to move the ball. On fourth down and just :24 seconds left in the game, Slumberland got in the end zone, but the extra point was no good.
“They had an awesome game. It’s obvious they came out ready to play,” said Indians Coach Ryan Morris.