Van-Far runs into tough Living Word Christian
Van-Far/Community R-VI’s Jamie Householder tries to run through a tackle in the Indians’ loss to Living Word Christian.
Van-Far/Community R-VI head football coach Blake Logan knew his young and inexperienced team’s first game last Friday night against Living Word Christian was likely the biggest challenge his squad will have all season long. His instincts were right as NCAA Division I prospect Deantrell Prince lived up to his hype. Prince caught two passes for 75 yards and one touchdown, had two carries for 68 yards and one touchdown, and added a 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He even had a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown called back in the first half. Van-Far lost the game 49-0 as Living Word Christian won the total yards battle 379-130.
“They’re a well coached team and have a solid staff,” Logan said. “I will definitely bet we’re the most inexperienced team in the state. We had six of our 16 players dressed that never have played a snap of high school football.”
Though his team lost the game, Logan said he saw many positives from his young Indians.
“We maybe had only two offensive penalties and even did a hard count, which showed we’re paying attention,” he said. “The biggest positive is our guys are getting experience…We can learn from these nights and build on the positives.”
Van-Far started the night with just minus three yards on their first three plays but quickly got the ball back when Logan Boyd recovered a fumble on Living Word’s first offensive play.
Unfortunately, Van-Far wasn’t able to take advantage. They had minus two yards on their next three plays. After a short punt, Living Word Christian marched 45 yards on three plays and scored on Prince’s 33-yard touchdown run.
Three plays later, Van-Far quarterback Lucas Robinson tried to hit a receiver over the middle but was intercepted on the Indians’ own 28-yard line. The interception was returned to the three yard line and plugged in two plays later. A two-point conversion pushed Living Word Christian’s lead to 15-0.
Another Van-Far three and out was soon followed by Living Word’s three play, 44-yard touchdown drive. A successful two-point conversion pushed the lead to 23-0 with 2:28 left in the first quarter.
Living Word Christian opened the second quarter with Prince’s 46-yard touchdown reception. A failed kick kept the score at 29-0.
Van-Far’s Brett Hubert returned the following kickoff 18 yards. Living Word Christian’s 15-yard personal foul helped the Indians cross midfield for the first time in the game. Unfortunately, a bad snap pushed the ball back to the 50-yard line after the Indians reached the 38.
With 1:06 left in the first half, Living Word scored another touchdown on a 33-yard pass to push the score to 37-0.
Van-Far’s offense had just minus 12 yards at halftime while Living Word had 274 yards of total offense.
Prince’s 70-yard touchdown return for a touchdown and a 2-point conversion put Van-Far behind 43-0, forcing the mercy clock to continue ticking.
Offensively, the Indians moved the ball better in the third quarter. Robinson completed two passes for 17 yards or more to Boyd during one drive. Boyd added a 22-yard run. The Indians had the ball on Living Word’s five yard line but were unable to score after turning the ball over on downs.
Living Word scored their final touchdown with nine minutes left in the game.
Robinson led the defense with five tackles while Boyd tallied four tackles, one sack, and one fumble recovery. Kyle Decker had two tackles and one sack and was very active on the defensive line. On offense, Robinson completed 6-of-13 passes for 54 yards with one interception. Boyd had 13 carries for 52 yards and four catches for 55 yards. Hubert had one rush for seven yards. Jamie Householder had two carries for two yards.
Van-Far will take on MMA this Friday at 7 p.m. in Mexico. MMA canceled their week one game while coaches have scouted Van-Far both at the Jamboree and this past Friday night.
“They know we’re young,” Logan said. “They’re putting all their marbles in knocking us off. They have an athletic quarterback…and have a lot of potential.”