Though the cooperative football team featuring players from Van-Far and Community R-VI lost all three of their Jamboree scrimmages last Friday night, the gained experience from the evening was a victory for head coach Blake Logan and his team.
“I think we started out a little nervous but once we settled down, we started doing some smaller things right towards the later half of the night,” Logan said.
The Indians opened the evening with a 12-play offensive and defensive scrimmage against the host Monroe City Panthers. On the third play from scrimmage, Van-Far quarterback Lucas Robinson had his pass intercepted and returned 52-yards for a Panthers’ touchdown.
Robinson later rushed for nine yards on one play while Sharrod Connor gained seven yards on one carry. Back-up quarterback Wyatt McDowell completed a pass to Connor for another eight yards.
Monroe City added to their score when they were on offense. They scored on their first play with a 40-yard touchdown pass. They scored a third touchdown on a 23-yard touchdown pass.
One bright spot from the scrimmage came against Monroe City’s second team as Trey Hull picked up a fumble and returned it 66 yards for a touchdown. Jamie Householder ended the scrimmage with a solid tackle.
Van-Far’s young defense allowed a 41-yard touchdown pass in a scrimmage with Scotland County. They also allowed a 28-yard passing play before Anthony Fairchild ended with a sack for a 10 yard loss.
Van-Far’s offense responded as Robinson connected with Connor on a 40-yard touchdown pass.
Logan Boyd had one 12-yard carry and Connor had a 21-yard rush.
In the Schuyler County scrimmage, Van-Far’s defense was unable to stop a seven play, 40-yard drive to trail 6-0.
Robinson’s sack ended Schuyler County’s night with a seven yard loss.
On offense, Robinson connected with Boyd for a six yard passing play on the Indians’ first possession. Unfortunately, three plays later, Robinson’s pass was intercepted and returned for what would have been a touchdown if not for the field being split in half for two different scrimmages. Robinson later connected again with Connor on a 24 yard passing play to get the ball to the three yard line. The Indians were unable to score, however, as they lost a total of 18 yards on the next five plays.
Logan noted that his team’s athleticism started to show as the Jamboree continued.
“We have some kids who can move in open space a little bit,” he added. “We started a freshman running back and if we can get the ball to him he can create. Lucas showed some ability to move a little bit with the football in his hand.”
Logan did say he could have called more plays like the long passing play his team scored on but preferred for his young squad to work on its running game.
“We worked on the running plays because I’m not getting to run them against a live defense (due to low number of players),” he said. “I felt like we needed to work on stuff we’re not as good at.”
Logan added that defensively his players were not always taking the proper angles but noted improvement by the end of the Jamboree.
“There’s a lot of things we can improve on but for how young we are, we held our own,” Logan said. “We were easily the youngest team there and it showed big time in my opinion…”