With a sideline full of injured players and having standout Anthony Fairchild suspended indefinitely for breaking team rules, Van-Far/Community R-VI head football coach Blake Logan knew last Friday night’s regular season home finale against North Callaway wasn’t going to be easy.
The Indians entered the game as the No. 4 seed in districts with the Thunderbirds sitting in the No. 5 spot.
The two teams left the field in opposite directions at the end of the game as the Thunderbirds cruised to a 38-0 victory.
“North Callaway beat us up in the trenches and made it difficult to get anything going offensively,” Logan said. “Defensively we got some occasional stops but allowed far too many yards on the ground overall. At certain points we had nine first or second year players on defense. I see that as a positive in the fact that these younger kids are gaining valuable experience.”
After going three-and-out on their first drive, the Indians defense needed to step up to stop North Callaway early.
Unfortunately, the Thunderbirds responded by marching 74 yards on 10 plays and scored a one yard touchdown run. The failed two-point conversion kept the score at 6-0.
The Indians gained some momentum four plays later though as Jamie Householder recovered a fumbled punt after the offense went three-and-out.
The Indians had a loss of five yards and turned the ball over on downs to stall another drive, this time on the Thunderbirds’ 28-yard line.
Before the end of the first quarter, Van-Far/Community R-VI quarterback Parker Wallace had a pass intercepted at midfield.
North Callaway dominated the game on the ground and marched 53 yards on seven plays to score a two-yard touchdown run for a 12-0 edge after a failed two-point conversion.
A few minutes later, a line drive punt by punter Caden Wilburn was returned near midfield.
North Callaway scored three plays later on a 46-yard touchdown run. The successful two-point conversion pushed the lead to 20-0.
Wilburn entered the game as quarterback and completed a 39-yard pass to Householder before halftime but the Indians were unable to score, trailing 20-0 at halftime.
In the first half, the Indians had just 77 total yards of offense while the Thunderbirds had 181 yards on the ground and 209 total yards.
North Callaway opened the third quarter by marching 73 yards on seven plays to score on a four yard touchdown plunge for a 26-0 edge.
Wilburn was sacked for an 18 yard loss on the next drive to give North Callaway great field position.
Six plays later, they scored on an eight yard touchdown run for a 32-0 lead.
The Indians put together a successful offensive drive at the end of the third quarter only to turn the ball over on downs.
The Thunderbirds scored for the last time with 7:39 left in the game on a 41-yard touchdown run to go up 38-0.
Van-Far/Community R-VI finished the game with minus six yards rushing and 66 total yards as they had minus 11 yards of offense in the second half.
North Callaway finished with 328 yards rushing and 375 total yards of offense.
Wallace completed 6-of-12 passes for 33 yards with one interception.
Jacob Garner had 19 carries for 22 yards. Householder had six catches for 69 yards.
Garner led the defense with 11 tackles while both Householder and Andrew Snodgrass had six tackles.
Wilburn had three tackles and one tackle for a loss. The Indians will play their first district game this Friday night at North Callaway starting at 7 p.m. now as the No. 5 seed.