Coming off the previous week’s historic Homecoming win over Montgomery County, the Van-Far/Community R-VI football team was hoping to carry that momentum into a road contest with Bowling Green last Friday night.
Unfortunately, the Indians ran into the Bobcats, led by Adam Holt, and lost 56-0.
Holt accounted for 30 points in the first half, tying him for the sixth most points scored by a single player in a half for a single game in state history.
Holt had five carries for 195 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught one pass for a 23-yard touchdown. He added an interception return for a touchdown.
The Bobcats finished the game with 457 rushing yards and 509 yards of total offense.
Meanwhile, the Indians had just two positive yards of offense in the loss due to quarterback Lucas Robinson having minus 35 yards on 13 carries.
One bright spot in the game was that the Indians were the first team all season to not allow the Bobcats to win the turnover margin.
“We were the first team all year that they didn’t have a plus turnover margin on them,” said Van-Far head coach Blake Logan.
Logan also noted the performance of punter Nick Barnes.
Barnes had six punts totaling 262 yards for a 44 yard average. One punt traveled 60 yards.
“We had some good punting again from Nick Barnes,” Logan said.
Bowling Green wasted little time getting after Van-Far’s defensive line as they marched 46 yards on five straight carries and scored on Drew Jacyna’s five yard touchdown run. A failed extra point kick kept the score at 6-0.
The Indians responded on their first play from scrimmage with Robinson’s 27 yard pass to Barnes after he evaded a sack.
Robinson was then tackled for a loss on the next three plays totaling minus 21 yards and forcing Barnes to punt.
Three plays later, Holt scored on a 74 yard touchdown run. Jacyna scored the two-point conversion for the 14-0 edge.
Holt then poured salt into the wound when he intercepted Robinson’s pass and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown and a 20-0 lead.
Robinson left the game with an injury on the next series and later punted.
The Bobcats moved the ball to Van-Far’s eight yard line when Joe Hazel recovered a fumbled snap to stop the drive.
Van-Far punted the ball four plays later when a running into the punter penalty was called on the Bobcats, giving the Indians a new set of downs.
A short punt set up Holt again, this time scoring on a 50-yard touchdown run. A successful extra point kick pushed the score to 27-0.
Backup quarterback Parker Wallace guided the Indians on the following drive after connecting on three passes for 21 yards. Unfortunately, the Indians turned the ball over on downs.
Van-Far/Community R-VI responded one play later when the Bobcats quarterback was stripped of the ball and it was recovered by Barnes at midfield.
Another four and out was followed by a Holt 51-yard touchdown run.
After Robinson lost 16 yards on two tackles for a loss on the next drive, Barnes booted a 60 yard punt from two yards in his endzone. Bowling Green later scored on a 23-yard touchdown pass for a 42-0 halftime lead.
The Indians had minus four total yards of offense in the half while the Bobcats tallied 386 total yards of offense.
Bowling Green scored with its backup players early in the third quarter to go up 49-0.
With the mercy clock in rolling, the Bobcats added their final score with 6:55 left in the game to seal the 56-0 victory.
The Indians nearly scored at the end of the game after Sharrod Connor returned a kickoff 73 yards to the Bobcats’ nine yard line.
Robinson’s fourth down pass was then intercepted in the back of the endzone.
He completed just 5-of-15 passes for 24 yards with two interceptions.
Connor had six catches for 24 yards and one carry for five yards.
Barnes hauled two passes for 33 yards.
Conner Albrecht had five carries for six yards.
Jamie Householder hauled one pass in for nine yards.
Wallace completed 4-of-8 passes for 12 yards.
Bowling Green had two 100 yard rushers and three others with at least 29 yards.
The Indians will host Wright City this Friday night for Senior Night.
“They’re going to run right at us,” Logan said. “They’re a run heavy team…We’ve got to stop the run and make them pass and we’ll be in better shape. We’re going to need to step our game up on the offensive and defensive line.”
Logan noted injuries to the line as three of his team’s five original starters are currently out of the lineup.