The Van-Far/Community R-VI football team knew it needed to play a much better game against South Callaway than it did in a loss to Mark Twain one week earlier.
Even though emotions flowed on Senior Night, the Indians were never in the game during a 59-7 loss to the Bulldogs.
The loss, coupled with a district points tally after Bowling Green’s close loss to Wright City, dropped the Indians to a No. 6 seed in the Class 2, District 6 tournament.
Van-Far/Community R-VI will travel to Centralia on Friday night at 7 p.m. to take on the Panthers.
Macon is the No. 1 seed and rival Bowling Green ended up as the No. 5 seed.
A win for the Indians would give them a semifinals match-up with the winner of Palmyra and Clopton/Elsberry one week later.
“The great thing about football is that no matter what happens during the season, when district time comes, (it’s a new season,)” said Van-Far head coach Kevin Baldwin.
Baldwin said teams in the playoffs are capable of beating any one when they play to their capabilities.
In the loss to the Bulldogs, South Callaway scored on their first drive just two minutes into the game after a six play, 68-yard drive. They had a 27-yard touchdown run.
After a quick three-and-out for the Indians’ offense, two plays totaling more than 33 yards were followed by a two-yard touchdown run to give the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead.
After a third touchdown gave the Bulldogs a 21-0 edge with 2:29 left in the first quarter, a fumble on a bad snap set up yet another score.
Three plays later, the Bulldogs scored on a two-yard run.
With 5:26 left in the first half, South Callaway scored on a 29-yard touchdown run.
After Josh Hodde had a 57-yard punt, a 61-yard passing play was followed by a one-yard touchdown run for a 42-0 edge.
The Indians nearly were tackled for a safety moments later after a bad snap for a 15-yard loss put Hodde in the back of his end zone for a punt.
Another bad snap forced Hodde to scramble as he just made it to the one-yard line.
South Callaway then hit a 24-yard field goal for a 45-0 halftime lead.
The third quarter started with Hodde’s punt being blocked and returned 14 yards for a touchdown.
The Indians’ offense then turned the ball over on downs and the Bulldogs took advantage.
They marched 43 yards on eight plays for a 59-0 lead.
On the Indians very next play, they used trickery to get on the scoring board. A reverse hand-off brought Hodde around into the backfield where he threw a 73-yard bomb to Trevor Crider for a touchdown. The extra-point made the final score 59-7.
The Indians had 30 total yards of offense in the first half with 40 in the air and minus 10 on the ground. They finished with 73 in the air and 63 on the ground for 136.
South Callaway had 342 yards in the first half with 179 yards passing and 163 yards rushing.
They finished with 403 total yards of offense.
Eric Hombs had 13 carries for 71 yards to lead the Van-Far/Community R-VI offense.