The Van-Far/Community R-VI football team shook off some rust during the annual Jamboree held last Friday night in Monroe City.
While their night started a little slow against defending state champion Monroe City, the Indians scored their most points in years in their final two scrimmages giving them a preview of what could be a special season.
“We came out with a sloppy effort against Monroe City then we woke up and got better,” said Van-Far head coach Kevin Baldwin. “(In the last scrimmage) we had two TD’s with the young guys, which is nice to see. We’ve got some work to do up front…I found some depth tonight that I was not sure I had.”
In the match-up with the Panthers that allowed both offenses to start on their own 40-yard line, Monroe City scored on its first drive. After two running plays, they connected on a 43-yard touchdown pass.
Three plays later, they had a 48-yard touchdown run and finished their performance with a 43-yard touchdown run for an 18-0 edge.
Van-Far’s first-team offense responded with Eric Hombs’ nine yard pass to Treyson Culwell. Three plays later, Hombs scored on a 41-yard touchdown run right up the middle of the field.
Trevor Roed caught an 11 yard pass from Hombs on the next drive that eventually stalled.
Hombs finished the offensive scrimmage with four carries for 47 yards and one touchdown. He also completed 2-of-6 passes for 20 yards.
The final was 18-6.
The scrimmage with Scotland County opened with the Indians on defense on the Indians’ 40 as things changed in the final two scrimmages.
Though Scotland County completed their first pass for a 13-yard gain, the Indians’ defense shut them out and held them to just 34 total yards. Scotland County had only six carries for eight of their yards.
Though the Indians’ first offensive drive stalled, they took just two plays on their second drive to score on Verlyn Johnson’s 32-yard touchdown run. Then on the next drive, Hombs connected with Blake Crider for a 35-yard touchdown pass.
Hombs ended the scrimmage with a 12-yard pass to Culwell as the Indians ended the scrimmage with a 12-0 win.
Van-Far/Community R-VI’s second-team offense opened the Schuyler County scrimmage with a lot of success.
Quarterback Verdell Johnson completed an 18-yard pass to Morgan Slatten. On the next drive, he then connected with Garrett Schmidt with a beautiful pass for a 35-yard touchdown.
Bryson Lay’s eight yard run set up the next score as Verlyn Johnson scored on a 22-yard touchdown run for a 12-0 edge. The first-team offense came into the game and picked up where the second-team started.
Hombs had a 23-yard run. He then connected with Verlyn Johnson on a seven-yard pass. Hombs then scored on a six yard touchdown run for an 18-0 edge.
Schuyler County’s offense did score a touchdown on their first drive with an 18-yard touchdown run. The Indians’ defense shut them down the rest of the way.
Lay had a big knock down and Ben Cassiday added a sack for the defense.