The Van-Far/Community R-VI Indians football team had just 12 players suited up for last Thursday’s Class 2, District 5 quarterfinals game with Clark County.
Even though Clark County entered the game with a four game losing streak, the Indians were unable to pull off the upset in Kahoka, Mo. after a 41-6 loss.
“We were forced to move two kids (Conner Albrecht and Logan Boyd) to the offensive line which made things tough,” said Van-Far head coach Blake Logan. “They were great sports about it and did very little complaining about the move as they knew it was to the betterment of the team.”
Clark County entered the game without its starting quarterback and defensive back but were able to knock off Van-Far.
The host Indians scored on their first three possessions to go up 21-0 in the first quarter.
Van-Far closed the gap to 21-6 when quarterback Lucas Robinson connected on a 55-yard touchdown pass down the sideline to Trey Hull.
Clark County finished the game by scoring 20 unanswered points for a 35-point victory. Clark County finished the game with more than 400 yard rushing.
“Clark County is a good team with big running backs that we had issues bringing to the ground,” Logan said. “We would get there and then miss the tackle at the point of attack, allowing them to extend drives. They will more than likely be playing for another district championship.”
Defensively, Jamie Householder led Van-Far with eight solo tackles and one tackle for a loss. Boyd had eight solo tackles while Albrecht added two solo tackles, one sack, and one interception. Coach Logan said four seniors will be lost to graduation heading into next season.
“Only four seniors in the group and two of which were gone to National FFA Convention for the district game,” he added. “We will miss this group of guys. Logan and Trey have been with the program since I got here and Logan’s dedication to the weight-room has been noticed by all. He had a great career and his toughness will be missed as he played through multiple injuries most kids wouldn’t think twice about playing with. Throughout the year we started five freshman and three sophomores. That is typically not a good thing for the present, but will be very helpful in the future as these kids got more experience than nearly any other kids their own age. I look for these underclassmen to have very bright futures and come back ready to prove themselves.”
Van-Far finished the season with a 1-9 record.