The Van-Far/Community R-VI football team ran into the No. 4 ranked team in the state last Friday night on the road and couldn’t wait to get home after a tough 82-14 loss.
The Bulldogs’ Cory Hanger tied a state record for a single game with two punt returns for a touchdown. South Callaway’s 75 points scored in the first half were the third most by a team in state history for a game, while their 82 total points tied them for the ninth most scored in state history.
In spite of a second straight loss, the Indians are reminding themselves that they are a .500 football team with a 2-2 record. They also have played perhaps the two best teams they’ll see all year and put them in their rearview mirror.
“We need to remember we’re a .500 team,” said Van-Far/Community R-VI head football coach Blake Logan. “…They’re the No. 4 team in the state and in my opinion they’ll at least get to the Final Four and if not the dome…They wer ready to take it to us and we didn’t put up much of an effort to respond.”
Hanger returned his first punt return for a touchdown just 2:03 into the game after Van-Far went four and out on offense. A failed extra point kick kept the score at 6-0.
Two plays later, quarterback Lucas Robinson’s pitch to a running back hit the ground and Hanger picked it up for a 19-yard touchdown.
Trailing 13-0, the Indians did pick up a first down on their next possession before having to punt the ball again. This time Hanger, who returned a punt for a 68-yard score earlier, took one for 70 yards and another touchdown.
Two plays later, Conner Albrecht fumbled the ball away. South Callaway scored on what was their first offensive play of the game with a 23-yard touchdown run for a 26-0 lead just six minutes into the game.
South Callaway added a 42-yard touchdown run before getting the ball back with 2:12 left in the first quarter on an interception.
South Callaway added another touchdown and led 40-0 at the end of the first quarter.
After a punt, the Bulldogs connected on a 43-yard touchdown pass just :21 seconds into the second quarter to go up 47-0.
The Indians went to the air on their next drive and it paid off. Robinson connected on three passes totaling 25 yards before the Indians’ drive stalled on the Bulldogs’ 41-yard line.
Hanger nearly returned a punt for 87 yards for a touchdown before it was called back for a penalty.
South Callaway then added two more touchdowns in less than a minute as a Robinson interception set up the second score for a 61-0 lead.
Again, the Indians’ offense drove the ball to midfield before Robinson was sacked and fumbled the ball away.
Two plays later, the Bulldogs added another touchdown.
Poor field position and a bad bounce after a punt from inside their endzone gave South Callaway one last chance to score before the half.
The Bulldogs added a 15-yard rushing touchdown to take a 75-0 halftime lead.
The Indians had minus 26 yards rushing and 38 total yards in the first half while South Callaway had 327 total yards with 284 yards rushing.
The Bulldogs missed a 31-yard field goal attempt in the third before scoring their final touchdown to go up 82-0 behind the JV offense.
Van-Far/Community R-VI showed resolve on the next possession after putting together seven play, 72 yard drive.
Robinson had a 44 yard run and later scored from three yards out. A failed two-point conversion attempt kept the score at 82-6.
On the Indians’ final scoring drive near the end of the fourth quarter, Robinson connected with Sharrod Connor on two passes for 70 yards.
Albrecht added an 11 yard run and scored from one yard out with 4:13 left.
Robinson ran the ball into the endzone for two points to make the final score 82-14.
Robinson completed 18-of-32 passes for 225 yards and one interception.
He also had 14 carries for 69 yards, one touchdown, and two fumbles.
Albrecht finished with 15 carries for six yards, one touchdown, and one fumble. He had five catches for 11 yards.
Connor made eight catches for 140 yards and added one carry for nine yards.
Jamie Household tallied four catches for 40 yards.
The Indians take on Montgomery County for Homecoming this Friday at 7 p.m.
The Wildcats have won just one game this year.
Logan said they have a quarterback who runs hard and keeps his feet moving as he is one of the Wilcats’ better athletes.