The Van-Far/Community R-VI football team stunned Centralia early last Friday night when both teams were scoreless at the end of the first quarter.
Unfortunately, the Panthers pulled away in the second half to end the Indians’ season after a 45-6 victory.
“We felt confident going into the game that we could win, but we knew we would have to play our best game,” said Indians’ head football coach Kevin Baldwin. “ Offensively, we didn’t play our best. Had some mishaps at crucial times and couldn’t establish the running game. Went to the passing game and had a few bright moments but couldn’t find consistency. Defensively, we played well at times, especially on the defensive line but again had trouble with consistency. We know we lost to a good team, however, it is really hard to see the season come to an end. We have a great group of seniors and will miss them next season. After a short break to allow their bodies to recover and mend, we will start the ‘gain’ part of our weight-lifting offseason program. We have a good group of experienced players returning next year, we just need to work hard to get bigger, faster, and stronger! Thanks to everyone who supported us throughout the season!”
The Indians’ defense forced an early Panthers drive to stall just outside of the red zone.
After the Indians’ offense went three-and-out, the Panthers took advantage.
They marched 64 yards on 10 plays before scoring on a 27-yard touchdown run by their quarterback for a 7-0 lead.
After another quick three-and-out, the Panthers offense put together a 55-yard drive that finished four minutes later with a seven-yard touchdown run to go up 14-0.
On their next possession, two straight bad snaps at center led to Parker Wallace recovering the ball in the Indians’ end zone, resulting in a Panthers’ safety.
Verlyn Johnson gave the defense a needed boost on the next play as he had a sack for a seven yard loss.
Though Wallace connected with Josh Hodde for a 20-yard gain, the Indians’ offense saw that drive end just inside Centralia territory.
With just 43.5 seconds left in the first half, the Panthers marched 55 yards on three plays and scored on a 35-yard touchdown pass. A two-point conversion gave the Panthers a 24-0 halftime lead.
At the half, the Indians had minus one yard rushing and 26 in the air for 25 total yards. The Panthers had 90 in the air and 123 on the ground for 213 total yards of offense.
After forcing a punt, the Indians regained possession early in the third quarter and put together a strong drive.
Eric Hombs connected on a pass to Hodde for nine yards and on a pass to Colten Jensen for seven yards to get the ball back inside Panthers’ territory.
Unfortunately, the Indians turned the ball over on downs.
Centralia then scored seven plays later on a 16-yard touchdown run to go up 31-0.
After Hombs connected with Hodde for a 24-yard passing play when the Indians’ offense took the field, Centralia recovered a fumble.
This time, Treyson Culwell helped the Indians defense get the ball back after a sack for a six-yard loss on fourth down.
Three plays later, Hombs connected with Jensen on a 39-yard passing play.
Wallace then scored on a two-yard touchdown run. Hodde’s extra-point kick was blocked to keep the score at 31-6.
Centralia took over the game in the trenches adding a 16-yard touchdown run with 9:04 left in the game. They also picked up an eight-yard touchdown run two minutes later to seal the 45-6 win. The Indians’ offense had just 126 yards in the air and minus nine yards rushing for 117 total yards of offense.
Centralia picked up 99 yards in the air and 300 on the ground for 399 total yards of offense.