In their home finale last Friday night against Mark Twain, the Van-Far Community R-VI Indians football team was hoping to end a five-game losing streak.
Unfortunately, the Indians’ offense never found its stride in a disappointing 42-9 loss. The Indians have now been outscored 214-44 in the now six-game skid.
Against the Tigers, the Indians went three-and-out on their first possession after two carries went for minus seven yards.
Mark Twain took advantage by marching 77 yards on just five plays, scoring on a 29-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 edge.
Another Indians’ punt appeared to set up another Tigers’ scoring drive. Fortunately, the Indians’ defense had something to say about it.
Mark Twain started the possession on the Indians’ 40-yard line and drove the ball to the one-yard line.
The Tigers tried to plug it in with two runs but Adam Hombs came up with two big stops to keep them out of the end zone.
At the start of the second quarter, a big punt return helped the Tigers start a drive on the Indians’ 30.
Mark Twain pushed the ball to the one yard line again and had second and goal but were unable to score. A tackle for no gain was followed by a Tigers’ false start, a holding penalty, a two-yard run, and an incomplete pass on fourth down. On the very next play though Jacob Garner fumbled the ball that was recovered on the Indians’ seven yard line.
Two plays later, Mark Twain scored on a four-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 lead.
At the end of the first half, the Tigers made one last push for a score as they drove the ball to the Indians’ 23-yard line with 16.2 seconds left on the clock. They had a five-yard run to get the ball to the 18 but couldn’t get off another play before the clock expired.
The Indians had just seven yards passing and 29 on the ground for 36 total yards of offense in the first half. The Tigers had 13 yards passing and 222 yards rushing for 235 total yards.
Josh Hodde started the second half by intercepting a Tigers’ pass near midfield and returned it 32 yards to set up a potential score.
After three straight plays of the Indians losing yards on carries, Hodde hit about a 36-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-3.
Mark Twain responded on their next possession as they marched 60 yards on four plays before scoring on an 18-yard touchdown run to go up 21-3.
The Indians’ offense put together a nice drive in the third quarter as quarterback Parker Wallace connected with Hodde for a 12-yard gain and on another pass for a nine-yard gain. Two plays later, the Indians’ fumbled the ball ending the drive in Mark Twain territory.
The Tigers then marched 56 yards on 10 plays, scoring with a 15-yard touchdown pass for a 27-3 lead.
Another fumble just before the end of the third quarter set up another Tigers’ scoring drive. This time they went 64 yards on 11 plays and picked up a seven-yard touchdown run to go up 35-3.
Van-Far/Community R-VI’s Sharrod Connor nearly picked up a big touchdown with an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Unfortunately, it was called back for a block on a player that was not near the play.
Two plays later, Wallace was picked off.
After the defense forced yet another Tigers’ drive to stall on their own one-yard line, the Indians’ offense found its footing.
Wallace connected with Colten Jensen on an 11-yard pass and a six-yard pass to move the ball. He then hit Hodde for an 80-yard touchdown pass. A failed kick made the score 35-9.
Mark Twain did add one more touchdown with 2:16 left in the game to make the final score 42-9.
Connor had a late pass intercepted to set up victory formation for the Tigers.
Wallace finished the game completing 5-of-10 passes for 125 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also had four carries for 23 yards and a couple of fumbles.
Garner had a fumble and zero yards rushing on five carries.
Hodde had four catches for 108 yards and one touchdown; Trey Miller had minus two yards rushing on five carries; Connor added two carries for one yard; and Jensen had two catches for 17 yards.
Van-Far/Community R-VI had 125 yards passing and 22 yards rushing for 147 total yards of offense.
Mark Twain gained 13 yards in the air and 396 on the ground for 409 total yards.
The Indians travel to South Callaway on Friday, October 14 to take on a solid Bulldogs’ squad at 7 p.m.