Van-Far/Community R-VI football coach Kevin Baldwin knew his Indians would need to play a solid game if it was going to knock off North Callaway last Friday night.
Unfortunately, the Indians were never able to get any momentum in a 47-0 loss.
“Our kids are definitely competitors and they will bounce back and they will work hard this week to get ready for the next game,” Baldwin noted.
The Thunderbirds wasted little time getting after the Indians’ defense as they scored on the fourth play of the game on a 44-yard touchdown run.
On their next possession, a 57-yard touchdown run pushed the score to 13-0.
Eric Hombs had a big 25-yard run in the Indians next possession but it wasn’t enough after the previous play went for a loss of 15 yards.
A solid Thunderbirds punt return was followed two plays later by their offense fumbling a ball and then recovering it in the endzone for a touchdown.
At the end of the first quarter, North Callaway scored on a 46-yard touchdown pass as time expired to take a 26-0 lead.
With another touchdown drive followed by a 64-yard punt return for a touchdown, the Indians trailed 40-0 at halftime.
Kyle Ebers did have a first-half fumble recovery for the Indians’ defense.
Van-Far/Community R-VI’s offense finally got a good push to start the third quarter.
Trevor Crider had a 26-yard run. Hombs added a seven-yard run and a seven-yard pass to Verluyn Johnson.
Unfortunately, the Indians’ drive stalled on an incomplete pass on fourth down at the Thunderbirds’ 27.
A 35-yard run was then followed two plays later by a 38-yard touchdown run to push the scored to 47-0.
North Callaway did recover a late fumbled punt and Treyson Culwell also recorded a fumble as the mercy clock sped the game up until the final buzzer.
The Indians had just 54 first-half yards of offense and 91 in the game.
North Callaway had 171 yards in the first half and 356 in the game. They finished with 120 yards passing and 236 on the ground.
Hombs completed 2-of-7 passes for 16 yards while added 15 carries for 72 yards.
Crider had two carries for 30 yards, Josh Hodde had one catch for nine yards, and Johnson added one catch for seven yards.
North Callaway’s featured back had 13 carries for 172 yards and three touchdowns.
In spite of the lopside loss, the Indians have a 4-3 record, and with at least one more win, could put themselves in good position for a possible No. 4 seed in districts.
The Indians travel to Center this Friday night to take on Mark Twain at 7 p.m. in an important game.