After rallying from a 12-point deficit to take the lead with 8:03 left in the game, the Van-Far/Community R-VI football team appeared to be ready to hold on for its third victory of the season.
Colten Jensen intercepted a Wright City pass just three plays later and returned the ball to the Wildcats’ 35-yard line.
Unfortunately, a costly Indians turnover on a center snap-quarterback exchange at the 5:30 mark sparked the Wildcats with two consecutive 30-yard plays before scoring the game-winning touchdown with 2:40 left. A two-point conversion sealed gave Wright City a 30-24 lead.
A bad snap on fourth down with 1:05 left led to the Wildcats recovering the fumble and setting up in victory formation on offense to end the game.
The Indians’ defense set the tone for the game early after the Wildcats started the game with 50 yards gained in just three plays.
Just when it appeared Wright City might eventually find the end zone, the Indians’ Joe Clithero leveled a big hit on a running back, knocking the ball loose that was recovered by Hank Cade.
The defenses for both teams were dominant early on as neither offense could get much going.
There were three straight three-and-outs before Wright City took advantage of a great punt return to the Indians’ 30-yard line.
Wright City scored on an 11 yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead after the extra-point.
Early in the second quarter, Van-Far/Community R-VI running back Trey Miller fumbled the ball that was recovered on the Indians’ 31-yard line. Three plays later, Wright City scored on a 20-yard touchdown run and an extra-point kick for a 14-0 edge.
The Indians tried to respond on the next drive as quarterback Parker Wallace connected with Devin Fleming for a 19-yard passing play. Unfortunately, the drive ended up with a fourth punt in five possessions.
Late in the second quarter, the Indians’ Sharrod Connor had an interception go in and out of his arms.
Fortunately, one play later, a bad Wright City snap was recovered by Miller, picked up, and returned 23 yards for a touchdown.
Wallace’s two-point run cut Wright City’s lead to 14-8.
Just before halftime, Wallace completed two passes for nine yards and one for eight to Hodde when time ran out on the Indians in the half.
Van-Far/Community R-VI had just 51 passing yards and 15 rushing yards for 66 total yards in the first half. Wright City had 33 passing yards and 113 rushing yards for 146 total yards of offense.
The Indians had a six play drive to reach midfield to start the second half when Wallace lost a snap that was recovered by Wright City.
The Wildcats put together an eight play, 55-yard drive when a Wright City running back stretched for the goal line, fumbled, only to have a teammate recover the ball in the end zone. A two-point run pushed the lead to 22-8.
Van-Far/Community R-VI’s offense put together a solid drive in response starting on their own 40 yard line.
Wallace hit Hodde for a 22-yard passing play. Wallace added an 18-yard run and moments later he threw a seven yard pass in the endzone to Connor for a touchdown.
Hodde’s two-point run cut the lead to 22-16.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Wallace broke a couple of tackles for a 27-yard run. The help of a Wright City passing interference on fourth down continued the drive as Wallace eventually scored on a one yard touchdown run. Wallace’s pitch to Hodde allowed Hodde to get two points to give the Indians a 24-22 edge before Wright City’s game-winning drive.
In the loss, the Indians had 80 yards passing and 107 yards on the ground for 187 total yards. Wright City had 63 rushing yards, 207 on the ground, for 270 total yards.
Wallace finished the game by completing 10-of-14 passes for 80 yards and one touchdown. He also had 14 carries for 64 yards, one touchdown, and three fumbles.
Miller added 24 carries for 43 yards and one fumble. He also had three catches for zero yards.
Hodde had four catches for 48 yards and two carries for zero yards.
Fleming had three catches for 26 yards. Connor had one catch for seven yards and one touchdown along with one carry for three yards.
Jacob Garner had one carry for zero yards.
The Indians will play their Homecoming game this Friday night at 7 p.m. against a Clopton/Elsberry team that is 4-1 after losing their first game last week 20-6 to North Callaway.
Before the loss, the IndianHawks had beaten Louisiana, MMA, Bowling Green, and Montgomery County by a combined score of 204-26.