Though the Van-Far/Community R-VI football team entered last Friday night’s game against Mark Twain with a 2-0 record, the Indians had yet to face team like the Tigers.
Mark Twain won the battle on both the offensive and defensive lines by firing out low on their way to a 50-0 victory. The Tigers had 550 yards rushing in the win.
The Indians started three first year lineman on the line.
“I think we just ran into an opponent who was more physical than us at the point of attack,” said Van-Far/Community R-VI head football coach Blake Logan. “You can see the difference between continuity and what dedication in the weight room can do for you. They were bigger, faster, and stronger than us at every position.”
The Indians started the game with a four-and-out but appeared in good shape after Nick Barnes’ 51-yard punt put Mark Twain on their own 14 yard line.
Unfortunately, the Tigers had their way with the defensive line. They marched 86 yards on six plays to take an 8-0 lead after a two-point conversion.
The Indians responded on the following drive as quarterback Lucas Robinson hit Barnes with a 27-yard passing play to move the ball into Mark Twain territory.
Two straight Robinson scrambles for minus 10 yards stopped the Indians and forced them to punt.
Mark Twain then had three straight rushing plays for at least 24 yards before scoring on a 15-yard touchdown plung. A failed two-point conversion kept the score at 14-0.
Van-Far/Community R-VI put together another good drive moments later. Robinson connected with Sharrod Connor for 14 yards and 25 yards in back-to-back plays.
The Indians were on Mark Twain’s 12-yard line but were unable to score, turning the ball over on downs on Mark Twain’s four yard line
Community R-VI Superintendent Cheryl Mack’s son Ethan had a 44-yard rushing play on the Tigers next drive.
The Tigers scored just seconds into the second quarter to take a 20-0 lead.
Mark Twain started their next drive near midfield and scored five plays later. A two-point conversion pushed the lead to 28-0.
After adding another touchdown minutes later, running back Tyler Elledge scored at the end of the half on a 59-yard touchdown run. Elledge finished the night in the first half after rushing for 229 yards and four touchdowns.
Mark Twain had 464 yards rushing in the first half alone while the Indians had just 118 total yards of offense.
With many JV players in the game to start the second half, the Tigers still took advantage of the Indians struggles on the defensive line.
They marched 50 yards on eight rushing plays to score. A two-point conversion put Mark Twain up 50-0 and the mercy clock was in effect.
At the end of the game, the Indians moved the ball inside the nine yard line with 27.9 seconds left after Robinson’s 23 yard scramble. Then lightning was spotted and officials called the game.
Robinson finished the game by completing 11-of-21 passes for 137 yards. He also had 15 carries for 41 yards.
Connor had 51 yards receiving and 12 yards rushing. Barnes had four catches for 78 yards. He also had four punts for 187 yards.
Conner Albrecht had eight yards receiving and five yards rushing.
Five Mark Twain players had at least 44 yards rushing.
The Indians will go on the road for the first time this season on Friday, September 12 as they take on South Callaway.
“There is no weak link on their team,” Logan said. “They have good athletes all over the field and a great coach; they are a well oiled machine.”