With Bowling Green’s football team entering last Friday’s match-up 0-3, it appeared the Van-Far/Community R-VI Indians had a good opportunity to end a losing streak to the Bobcats this year.
Unfortunately, Bowling Green won the battle in the trenches with the play of both their offensive and defensive lines and rallied for an 18-6 victory.
“We knew going into the game that whoever controlled the line of scrimmage was going to control the game,” said Indians head coach Kevin Baldwin.
It appeared early the Indians were ready to shock the Bobcats as their offense scored a touchdown just :22 seconds in the game.
Quarterback Parker Wallace hit wide receiver Josh Hodde in stride down the sideline on a 63-yard touchdown pass. The failed extra-point kept the score at 6-0.
“We came out with the idea we were going to throw the ball and we had some success, but as the game went on, the ability to throw was less and less,” Baldwin said.
The Bobcats nearly responded on their fourth play of scrimmage when a 57-yard touchdown pass was called back due to a holding.
The Indians’ defense forced a three-and-out from there.
Bowling Green did score the next time they had the ball. A 22-yard run from their quarterback was followed seven plays later with an eight yard touchdown run to tie the game.
The Van-Far/Community R-VI offense had a drive stall in Bowling Green territory after Wallace’s pass to Miller in the backfield resulted in a 12-yard loss.
The Indians’ defense responded by forcing the Bobcats to go three-and-out to start the second quarter.
Unfortunately, a Bobcats’ defender forced Trey Miller to fumble the ball during a rushing attempt and the Bobcats recovered the ball on the Indians’ 15.
Five plays later, the Bobcats scored on a one yard plunge for a 12-6 lead.
With 2:14 left in the first half, Colten Jensen intercepted a pass in Indians’ territory to stop a drive.
Three plays later, Wallace had a pass intercepted and returned to midfield.
One play later, Wallace intercepted a Bowling Green pass on his own to give the Indians back the ball.
The fourth turnover in less than two minutes happened just before halftime when Hodde fumbled the ball after catching a Wallace pass for a 10 yard gain.
The Indians had 78 passing yards and 26 on the ground in the first half for 104 total yards. Bowling Green’s offense had 57 yards in the air and 117 on the ground for 174 yards in the half.
Bowling Green’s offense took control of the game to open the second half as they march 71 yards on 12 plays before scoring on a two yard plunge. The drive included all rushing attempts to kill 4:43.
The Indians offense was forced to punt quickly on their next three possessions.
A personal foul on a fourth down along with two big passing plays from Wallace to Hodde and a passing interference gave the Indians a chance to score in the final minute of play. Miller’s second fumble ended the drive with :32 seconds left in the game.
Though Miller had two fumbles, he made other big plays on both sides of the ball during the loss.
“Both on the offensive and defensive ends of the game, he put on a show,” Baldwin noted. “Trey really showed up the other night.”
The Indians had 128 yards passing and 95 on the ground for 223 total yards of offense. Bowling Green had 57 in the air and 213 on the ground for 270 total yards.
Wallace completed 10-of-18 passes for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also had seven carries for minus 39 yards.
Jacob Garner had eight carries for 56 yards. Miller added 14 carries for 35 yards and two fumbles along with four catches for 12 yards.
Hodde tallied five catches for 100 yards, one touchdown, and one fumble. He also had one carry for four yards.
Eric Hombs had two catches for 23 yards.
Defensively, Miller had two sacks while Kyle Ebers and Garner each had one sack.
Garner led the team with eight tackles, Wallace added seven, and Devin Fleming made five tackles.
The Indians host Wright City this Friday night.
“The kids have to rise to the occasion and take care of things we have control of (turnovers, penalties, make sure we know what plays we’re running),” Baldwin said.
Baldwin noted that many players filling in spots for injured players will be taking needed reps this week to get ready for Friday night’s game.