After the Van-Far/Community R-VI football team started their season 2-0, their season came to an end last Friday night in districts after losing their eighth straight game. This time the Indians lost 44-9 to Clopton/Elsberry in a game played at Winfield due to the Indianhawks’ field not being available.
The loss meant it was the final game for seniors on the roster, which are Sharrod Connor, Brayden McMillen, Corbin O’Connor, Joe Clithero, Henry Cade, Adam Hombs, Chase McMorris, Cameron Barsé, Andrew Snodgrass, and Logan Holt.
“It was an unusual year for our seniors because we had a group that was a mix of veteran and rookie players,” said Indians’ head coach Kevin Baldwin. “I felt like as a group they blended real well together. This group handled that really well. As a result of that, the kids that were new to the program as a senior, contributed…As for the veteran seniors, kudos to them. You always want better for them than what we were able to do for them this year but they didn’t worry about it…They were out there working hard at every practice and I’m proud of them.”
The Indians started their district game with some early momentum when Connor intercepted a pass on the second play of the game and returned it just past midfield.
Quarterback Eric Hombs picked up a 12-yard run and Jacob Garner had a six-yard run to set up a 32-yard Josh Hodde field goal that was no good.
The Indianhawks responded by marching 80 yards on seven plays and scoring on a 19-yard touchdown pass.
After Hodde’s failed 52-yard field goal attempt fell short on the Indians’ next possession, the Indianhawks put together another 80-yard drive. This time they scored after eight plays and a 29-yard touchdown run by the Indianhawks’ quarterback who finished the game with four touchdown passes and two TDs on the ground. The Indianhawks recovered a fumble on the following kickoff and scored again four plays later on an eight-yard touchdown pass for a 20-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter, the Indianhawks scored on an eight-yard touchdown pass that was followed just a few seconds later with Connor’s 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to cut the gap to 28-7.
In the final 5:05 of the first half, the Indianhawks had a 32-yard touchdown pass and a two-yard touchdown run for a 44-7 halftime edge. The Indianhawks won the total yardage battle 369-68 in the first half. With the mercy clock in effect, the Indians followed up a turnover on downs at Clopton/Elsberry’s three-yard line with Adam Hombs’ blocked punt for a safety to cut the gap to 44-9, though the mercy clock was still in effect.
Eric Hombs finished the game by completing 6-of-14 passes for 55 yards and one interception. He also had 16 carries for 38 yards. Parker Wallace had six carries for 37 yards along with one catch for 23 yards. Garner added four carries for 18 yards.
The Indians had 55 yards passing and 100 yards on the ground for 155 total yards while the Indianhawks has 180 yards passing and 217 rushing for 397 total. Garner led the defense with eight tackles, Wallace had six, Nathan Beatty had five, and Adam Hombs had five tackles.