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Indians battle early but fall big to North Callaway

Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 10:46 am

Van-Far/Community R-VI quarterback Eric Hombs rolls to his right with a beautiful sunset in the background at North Callaway last Friday night.

Three costly interceptions and a lack of consistent play through all four quarters were too much for the Van-Far/Community R-VI football team to overcome in their 48-14 loss to North Callaway last Friday night.
Though the Indians’ defense held the Thunderbirds to just 125 total yards of offense in the first half, North Callaway picked up 230 in the second half and scored five touchdowns to pull away with the win.
“We just couldn’t find consistency,” said Indians’ head coach Kevin Baldwin.
“…When they got up 14-0, that really didn’t worry me. We scored and I thought, here we go, we’re playing decent on defense then the wheels fell off the wagon.”
On the first drive of the game, Morgan Slatten recovered a North Callaway fumble to give the Indians the ball at midfield.
Unfortunately, the offense went three-and-out, setting up the Thunderbirds’ first scoring drive.
They first returned a punt all the way to the Indians’ 18. They scored four plays later and converted the extra-point kick for a 7-0 lead.
Two plays later, quarterback Eric Hombs threw his first of three interceptions.
This one was returned 34 yards to the Indians’ six.
They scored one play later and went up 14-0 as they scored their second touchdown in a little more than a minute.
Van-Far/Community R-VI’s Bryson Lay helped to stop the Thunderbirds on their next drive by intercepting a pass.
Both teams exchanged punts before the Indians put together their first scoring drive.
Starting on their own 46, the Indians marched 54 plays on 10 plays. Hombs did connect with Slatten for a 12-yard gain on the drive.
Verlyn Johnson eventually scored from one yard out. Hombs’ two-point pass was incomplete, keeping the score at 14-6.
With 3:35 left in the first half, the Thunderbirds scored on a 23-yard touchdown pass.
They then intercepted Hombs two plays later and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown to push their lead to 28-6 in just 44 seconds.
At halftime, the Indians had just 89 total yards of offense.

Read the rest of the story in the September 26 issue of The Vandalia Leader.