The Van-Far Indians football team traveled to Clopton on Friday, Sept. 27 to face the tough Clopton-Elsberry Indian-Hawks. Clopton won the game on their home field by a score of 44-8.
The Indians had a total of five turnovers, four interceptions, and one fumble recovered by the Indian-Hawks.
Clopton’s running back seemed unstoppable as he scored three touchdowns in the first seven minutes of the game.
The Indian-Hawks allowed Van-Far to recover a squib kick to start the game but the momentum changed swiftly when Clopton intercepted a pass from Lucas Robinson and returned it 51 yards to the Van-Far 31 with only :42 seconds off the clock in the first quarter.
Clopton ran the ball for 31 yards and a touchdown on the first play, making it 6-0. It was 8-0 after a two-point conversion pass.
Van-Far fumbled right away and Clopton quickly scored with a short pass to make it 14-0 with 11 minutes to go in the first.
Robinson tossed another interception at the 9:42 mark. The Indians quickly recovered a fumble, but lost it with another interception.
Clopton struck again with a 65-yard run that led to another touchdown with 7:37 left in the first. The Indian-Hawks added the two-point conversion to increase their lead 22-0.
With 5:06 left in the first, the Indian-Hawks defense stepped in front of another Indians pass. At the 3:47 mark, Clopton got the touchdown and tacked on a two-point conversion to make the score 30-0.
Clopton found the endzone once again with 10:36 to left in the second. The extra-point pushed the score to 38-0.
Another big Clopton run with 7:20 left in the half increased the score to 44-0.
The Indians only score came in the third quarter when Clopton fumbled the ball in the end zone and Kyle Decker recovered it for six points. The Indians also added a two-point conversion.
The Indians had total of 190 offensive yards, 42 rushing and 148 passing.
Lucas Robinson was 17-for-28, passed for 148 yards with five interceptions and one fumble.
Conner Albrecht had five receptions for 54 yards. On defense he had five solo tackles.
Sharrod Connor had four receptions for 55 yards.
Kyle Decker had two solo tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one touchdown.
“We made things hard on ourselves once again, showing our inexperience as we committed too many mistakes. Clopton is a good enough team that we did not need to help them in beating ourselves. We had open receivers, we just missed and sailed to a safety, and had too many penalties. We will try to clean some of that stuff up moving forward,” said head coach Blake Logan.
This week the Indians will be at home to face the undefeated Montgomery County Wildcats.
-Dave Moller, Louisiana Press-Journal contributed to this story