The Van-Far/Community R-VI Indians football team ran into one of the best teams in the state last Friday night as they traveled to Mokane to take on an undefeated South Callaway Bulldogs’ squad ranked No. 8 in Class 2.
The Indians were not able to do much as they lost, 48-0.
“At times we looked better on offense, however, we have a long way to go to get where we need to be,” said Van-Far/Community R-VI head coach Kevin Baldwin.
“Defensively, we also had some bright moments.”
South Callaway wasted little time offensively as they scored just 1:57 in the game when the Bulldogs completed a 50-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 edge.
After the Indians’ offense gained zero yards on their first possession, the Bulldogs made another scoring drive.
They first completed a 26-yard pass and later plunged the ball in from four yards out for a 14-0 edge.
On the following kickoff, the Bulldogs recovered a fumble on a short kick.
A 32-yard gain was followed by a two-yard touchdown run and a 22-0 lead.
Van-Far/Community R-VI had its first big break of the game midway through the first quarter when Sharrod Connor intercepted a South Callaway pass to stop a drive.
Though the Indians picked up two first downs, another Indians’ drive ended on a punt.
The defense forced yet another South Callaway turnover two plays later when Nathan Beatty recovered a fumble.
Van-Far/Community R-VI started their drive on their own 37-yard line and went 55 yards on six plays.
With the ball on the 8-yard line, a fumbled snap by quarterback Parker Wallace ended the impressive drive.
The Bulldogs responded by marching 90 yards on 12 plays and scoring on a 10-yard touchdown run to go up 29-0.
A pass interference preceded a 15-yard passing play and a 20-yard touchdown run just seconds before halftime to push things to 35-0.
The Indians had just 11 yards passing and 42 on the ground for 53 total yards in the first half. South Callaway tallied 126 yards in the air and 214 on the ground for 340 total yards.
South Callaway opened the second half with a 10 play, 72-yard drive and scored on a one-yard run to take a 42-0 lead.
A fumbled handoff three plays later gave the Bulldogs back the ball.
With the mercy clock in effect, the Bulldogs added their final score four plays later on a 17-yard touchdown run for the 48-0 victory.
The Indians’ Alex Flowers did recover a late fumble before Devin Fleming fumbled the ball himself in the final seconds of the loss.
Trey Miller led the Indians’ offense with 14 carries for 46 yards.
Wallace completed just 2-of-7 passes for 11 yards and had seven carries for 17 yards with two fumbles.
Jacob Garner added three carries for five yards.
Connor had two catches for 11 yards, one carry for two yards, and his lone pass was intercepted on a trick play.
Josh Hodde had one catch for 10 yards, Fleming added three carries for 13 yards and one fumble, while Eric Hombs had four carries for 21 yards.
Both Adam Hombs and Garner led the team with 10 tackles each.
Due to Clopton/Elsberry’s home field not being game ready, the Indians will battle the IndianHawks in the first round of Class 2, District 7 at Winfield High School. The game will be played on Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m.
“We are excited about playing Clopton in our first round District game,” Baldwin said.
“It’s nice to have a rematch from an earlier game this year that we feel like we should have done better in. Clopton has a very good team this year and we know that we must play at are best level to compete with them. Our kids are looking forward to having the opportunity to redeem themselves from our earlier loss.”