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Indians drop Homecoming game

Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 11:14 am

Indians’ quarterback Parker Wallace puts a stiff arm on a Clopton/Elsberry defender.

Indians’ quarterback Parker Wallace puts a stiff arm on a Clopton/Elsberry defender.

After a spirit-filled week full of Homecoming events, the Van-Far/Community R-VI Indians football team was hoping to cap things off with an impressive performance against a solid Clopton/Elsberry squad.
Unfortunately, the Indians ran into an IndianHawks team clicking on all cylinders and lost 46-0.
Clopton/Elsberry scored on their first possession of the game after marching 62 yards on 10 plays to score on a 10-yard touchdown run.
After the Indians’ offense went three-and-out, the IndianHawks had 77 yards passing during a five play, 69-yard scoring drive. A rushing touchdown and failed two-point conversion kept the score at 12-0.
The Indians advanced to Clopton/Elsberry territory in their next possession behind quarterback Parker Wallace’s 18-yard run. The drive stalled with a punt near midfield.
Clopton/Elsberry’s offense kept the foot on the accelerator as they marched 77 yards on eight plays, scoring on a six yard touchdown pass for an 18-0 edge.
The Indians followed by fumbling the kickoff, but the defense forced its first three-and-out of the game. The same defense then ended a Clopton/Elsberry drive with 6:21 left in the first half when Sharrod Connor intercepted a pass in the end zone.
The Indians started a solid drive of their own as Wallace connected with Connor for 32 yards on two passes.
Their drive ended though when Wallace threw an interception near midfield.
Fortunately, the Indians defense held their ground just before halftime as they tackled Clopton/Elsberry’s running back on the two yard line on fourth down.
The half ended with a little trickery as Wallace passed the ball to Connor, who then had his pass intercepted.
In the first half, the Indians had just 37 yards rushing and 51 yards passing for 88 yards of total offense. Clopton/Elsberry tallied 139 yards rushing and 174 yards passing for 313 total yards.
Van-Far/Community R-VI’s lone highlight early in the second half was when Josh Hodde’s punt traveled about 69 yards, pinning the IndianHawks on their own six yard line.
Hodde then intercepted a pass and returned it Clopton/Elsberry territory. Though one play later, Wallace had his pass tipped and intercepted before being returned to the eight yard line.
Clopton/Elsberry then scored on the next play for a 24-0 lead.
Before the end of the third quarter, Clopton/Elsberry had a 51-yard touchdown pass and added a three yard touchdown run go to up 38-0.
The IndiansHawks added one more score with 7:45 left in the game to seal the 46-point victory.
Van-Far/Community R-VI had just 66 yards passing and 41 yards rushing for 107 total yards. Clopton/Elsberry had 237 yards passing and 195 yards rushing for 432 total yards.
Wallace completed 7-of-16 passes for 66 yards and two interceptions. He also had seven carries for minus two yards.
Connor had two carries for one yard along with two catches for 32 yards.
Hodde had two catches for 27 yards; Trey Miller had 13 carries for 30 yards; Jacob Garner tallied four carries for 10 yards; Eric Hombs added one carry for two yards; and Colten Jensen had one catch for five yards.
The Indians will go back on the road this Friday night to take on a strong North Callaway program.