The Van-Far Indians football team was at home for the first time in a couple of weeks this past Friday, October 4 to play the undefeated Montgomery County Wildcats. Montgomery County defeated Van-Far 44-8. Montgomery County won the coin toss but opted to get the ball first in the second half. At the start of the first quarter, Sharrod Connor returned the Wildcats’ kick for a short gain, bringing the ball to the 27-yard line. The Indians tried to run the ball three times but couldn’t covert, and were forced to punt on fourth down.
The Wildcats began their drive on their 48-yard line. Montgomery County didn’t waste any time moving the chains. A quick pass and long run gave the Wildcats their first touchdown with 8:10 left in the first quarter, and the extra-point was good.
Jaime Householder was back to receive the following kickoff, fumbled the ball, and fell on it at Van-Far’s seven-yard line. Van-Far quarterback Robinson ran for a short gain to make it 2nd and eight. Connor tried to run the ball, but lost control of it deep in their own territory. He regained control, but not before being tackled in the end zone for a safety. With a nine-point lead, Van-Far had to kick off to Montgomery County once again.
Montgomery County ran for a couple short gains, but was pushed back with a five-yard motion penalty. Kyle Decker slowed the Wildcats progress by tackling their running back for a nine-yard loss. However, another short run and a pass was enough to get the Wildcats in the end zone with 5:15 left in the first. The extra point was good, and that extended Montgomery County’s lead to 16-0.
Following a long run on a later drive by the Wildcats, a face-masking penalty against the Indians put the Wildcats on Van-Far’s 29-yard line. On 3rd and six, Montgomery County scored with 1:37 left in the first. The extra-point pushed the score to 23-0.
To start the second quarter, Van-Far had to punt twice following a roughing the punter penalty. The Indians tried to suppress the Wildcats running offense with some big sacks by Trey Hull. However, the Wildcats went to the air and completed a pass to convert on third down. A well-executed quarterback keeper and extra-point advanced the score 30-0 with 7:50 left in the second.
Connor was back to receive and made his way up to the Indians’ 34-yard line on the following possession. Connor ran for one-yard, Hull ran for a three-yard loss, an Indians false start penalty, and a short Robinson pass to Hubert for no gain, resulted in Van-Far punting the ball on fourth down.
The Wildcats started their next drive on Van-Far’s 48-yard line. On the next play, the Wildcats moved down field with a 20-yard run up the middle, nine-yard run, and a 12-yard run. Conner Albrecht and the Indians stopped the run on two snaps, and even deflected a pass. However, Montgomery County found room to run on third down and scored with 3:30 left in the second. After the extra-point kick sailed through the uprights, the Wildcats moved farther ahead 37-0.
On the next possession, Van-Far’s Brett Hubert ran for five yards and Albrecht caught an 11-yard pass from Robinson for an Indians first down. Connor was handed the ball, but had nowhere to go and was pushed back a yard. On next play, the Wildcats overwhelmed the Indians offensive line and were able to sack Robinson for a loss of eight yards. On 4th and 20, Van-Far punted the ball back to Montgomery County.
With 25 second left in the second, the Wildcats quarterback hit an open receiver in stride and he scored another touchdown. Montgomery County added got the extra point to lead 44-0. Another deep kickoff by the Wildcats started the Indians on their own 20-yard line. The Indians man-to-man coverage provided Robinson with an opportunity to run for a 33-yard gain. An incomplete pass and an intercepted pass intended for Connor ran the clock down to end the first half.
The Indians defensive line halted the Wildcats offensive momentum to prevent any additional points from being scored throughout the third and fourth quarters.
Late in the fourth, the Wildcats quarterback fumbled the ball and the Indians were there to recover the ball on the Wildcats 30-yard line. On 2nd and 10, Hull ran for a seven-yard gain. Robinson broke free once again with a 17-yard run to put the Indians on the Wildcats six yard line. With 4:20 left in the fourth, Connor ran into the endzone for an Indians touchdown. Robinson added two more points with the successful conversion. The Indians kicked off and the Wildcats tried a last ditch effort to move down field but ran out of time.
Robinson: went 6-for-13, passed for 31 yds, threw one interception, and scored one rushing touchdown.
Albrecht had five solo tackles, one tackle for a loss, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
Decker had five solo tackles, and one tackle for a loss.
Householder had five solo tackles and one fumble recovery.
“We struggled on both sides of the ball throughout the first half. Out young O-Line couldn’t create any running room and our offense failed to get the chains moving early. We continue to show our immaturity by giving the ball away, which gave Montgomery plenty of opportunities. They are one of the best teams in the conference and proved it Friday night,” said head coach Blake Logan. “We will have to strive to improve in all areas as North Callaway comes to town for homecoming presenting another tough task.”
For homecoming week, there will be a parade on Friday at 4 p.m. Later that night, the Van-Far Indians will host the North Callaway Thunderbirds at 7 p.m.
During halftime, the Homecoming King and Queen will be announced and the Seniors will be recognized with their parents.