The Van-Far/Community R-VI football began its second season under head coach Kevin Baldwin last Friday night when the Indians participated in the annual Jamboree scrimmage at Monroe City.
Though the Indians did have several key players sitting on the sideline due to sickness and injuries, those who were on the field gained valuable experience needed for a relatively thin roster of less than 30 players.
“In all three of the scrimmages, offensively, our kids ran really hard,” said Baldwin, though he wasn’t too pleased with the line on both sides of the ball as they need some fundamental adjustments. “…(On defense) I thought the kids tackled well. I think we’re better tackling right now than we were last year.”
The Indians didn’t show a lot of formations on offense and defense as the focus was gaining needed experience for the players. Van-Far/Community R-VI started the night with a scrimmage against the host Monroe City Panthers.
The offense had a good start to their season. They converted a fourth and short on their first series that started on their own 40-yard line.
Parker Wallace completed a 13-yard pass to Morgan Slatten for a second first down.
In another drive, Jacob Garner had a 10-yard gain and Wallace hit Slatten for a 22-yard passing play.
“I thought we played hard against Monroe,” Baldwin noted.
Monroe City’s offense struck quickly when they took over for about 15 plays. They connected on a 49-yard touchdown pass and an 18-yard touchdown pass to win the scrimmage, 12-0.
Against Scotland County, the Indians defense struggled defending the pass.
They have up a nine-yard pass and a 19-yard pass before Scotland County scored on a three yard touchdown run on their fifth play for a drive that started on the Indians’ 40.
Van-Far/Community R-VI’s defense then got its footing as Slatten had a big nine yard tackle for a loss. One play later, the defense had a four yard tackle for a loss.
On offense, the Indians had 17 yards in two rushing plays by Hombs that was followed by Wallace’s 18-yard touchdown run to tie things at 6-6. Trevor Crider had a nine yard run and Hombs tallied a 13-yard run to end the scrimmage.
In the final scrimmage against Schuyler County, the Indians’ defense gave up a 40-yard touchdown pass on the first play.
Five plays later, they allowed an 18-yard touchdown pass. In spite of the challenges, the Indians responded.
Freshman Tony Garland intercepted the final pass for the defense.
On offense, Hombs picked up 16 yards on the first play and finished off the drive with a 14-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 12-6. Later on, Crider had a big nine yard run and Wallace added a 25-yard run. He then scored on a one yard plunge to tie the game on the second to last play.