One week after nearly knocking off rival Bowling Green in an amazing football game, Van-Far/Community R-VI had to travel to Wright City to take on a passing Wildcats team this past Friday night.
One week earlier, the Bobcats passed for more than 400 yards and seven touchdowns against the Indians in an emotional game that came down to the final minutes.
The combination of leaving their all on the field and struggles defending the pass hurt the Indians in a disappointing 49-16 loss to the Wildcats.
“It was a tough, physical ball game,” said Van-Far/Community R-VI head coach Kevin Baldwin.
“I felt like we were prepared and came out early and played well, then a couple of injuries and being worn down by a team that platooned took its toll on our kids. Our kids work hard and play hard and will have better games.”
The Indians opened the game with a near six minute drive that started on their own 35 as they took 14 plays to get inside Wright City’s 20.
Unfortunately, the drive stalled on a fumble. It also included running back Trey Miller getting hurt on his first carry.
After the Indians’ defense forced a three-and-out, Wright City surprisingly tried a fake punt on their own 17 on fourth down.
The Indians took advantage by scoring five plays later on Jacob Garner’s one-yard touchdown run. Josh Hodde’s extra-point kick pushed the lead to 7-0.
Wright City didn’t take long to answer. With the Indians needing to defend the pass, the Wildcats took advantage with a solid 53-yard touchdown run to tie the game.
In the second quarter, the Wildcats started with a seven play, 89-yard drive.
The Wildcats had a 42-yard touchdown pass to take a 14-7 lead.
The Indians did answer on their next possession as Eric Hombs had a 45-yard run.
Hombs then connected with Hodde for a nine yard passing play. In getting the ball to Wright City’s 19, Hodde kicked a 36-yard field goal attempt that hit off the cross bar to close the gap to 14-10.
Wright City gained the momentum for good in the minutes to follow. Wright City had a 23-yard run and an 18-yard passing play before scoring on a three-yard plunge.
With a minute left before halftime, the Wildcats completed a 61-yard pass. They scored with 37.4 seconds left on a seven-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion put the Wildcats up by 18.
Van-Far/Community R-VI had 20 yards passing and 144 on the ground for 164 total yards. Wright City had 157 yards passing and 119 yards rushing for 276 total yards in the first half.
As if things weren’t already a struggle with Miller out, Garner was hurt on the final play of the half.
Early in the second half, Wright City returned a punt 48 yards for a touchdown. An extra-point kick pushed the Wildcats’ lead to 35-10.
A big 46-yard run paced the Wildcats on another scoring drive that ended with a nine-yard touchdown run for a 42-10 lead.
With 34.9 seconds left in the third quarter, the Indians scored on the first play of a drive with a 40-yard touchdown pass to turn on the mercy clock up 49-10.
The Indians stopped the clock early in the fourth quarter. Hombs had a 59-yard run that was followed four plays later by his six-yard touchdown run. His failed two-point pass kept the score at 49-16.
Wright City held on to win the game after compiling 245 passing yards and 154 rushing yards for 399 total yards.
The Indians had 20 passing yards and 259 on the ground for 279 total yards.
Hombs finished the game with 13 carries for 130 yards and one touchdown. He also completed 2-of-7 passes for 20 yards.
Garner had 11 carries for 46 yards, Colten Jensen had 10 carries for 34 yards, and Tony Garland had two late carries for 10 yards.
Hodde had three carries for 10 yards and one catch for 16 yards.
This is Homecoming week as the Indians will battle Clopton/Elsberry at 7 p.m. on Friday night in Vandalia.
Clopton/Elsberry is coming off a 73-8 loss to North Callaway and has a 2-3 record.
The Indianhawks started the season 2-0 with wins over Louisiana (44-38) and MMA (36-0).
They also lost to Bowling Green (60-20) and Montgomery County (49-34).