With Indians’ starting quarterback Parker Wallace on the bench due to injury concerns last Friday at North Callaway, the football team knew it had a lot of adversity to overcome if it was going to knock off a tough Thunderbirds squad.
Though the game did help some players gain needed experience at different positions, Van-Far/Community R-VI couldn’t stop a high-powered North Callaway offense in a 64-2 loss.
The Indians’ lone score came in the fourth quarter after North Callaway recovered a missed 36-yard field goal attempt by Josh Hodde.
A penalty put the Thunderbirds inside their own five yard line.
Adam Hombs was credited with the safety after tackling a North Callaway ball carrier on fourth down in the end zone. In the loss, the Indians’ offense had just 31 passing yards and minus 11 yards rushing for 20 total yards. The Thunderbirds finished with 134 yards passing and 285 on the ground for 419 total yards of offense.
North Callaway started the game with a 20-point first quarter.
They opened the scoring with an eight play, 60-yard drive that finished with a five-yard touchdown run for a 6-0 edge after a failed two-point conversion.
An Indians’ three-and-out was then followed on the next play by a 59-yard touchdown pass. A two-point conversion pushed North Callaway’s lead to 14-0.
With just minus two yards on the Indians’ next possessions, the Thunderbirds took advantage on their first play again, this time with a 56-yard touchdown pass to go up 20-0 after a failed conversion. Quarterback Eric Hombs was sacked for a 21 yard loss to start the second quarter.
A punt return then set up a four-yard touchdown run for the Thunderbirds, who also had a two-point conversion for a 28-0 edge.
The Indians’ offense started to come together on their next drive. Eric Hombs connected with Hodde on an 11-yard pass followed by a six-yard pass in two straight plays. Eric Hombs also picked up a 10-yard gain to get the ball to midfield.
Unfortunately, a fumble two plays later ended the drive.
A big fumble returned 29 yards to the Indians’ 22-yard line was followed by an 11-yard touchdown run for the Thunderbirds. They pushed their lead to 34-0 after a failed two-point conversion.
Eric Hombs connected with Colten Jensen for a nine-yard passing play later in the quarter just before another punt.
The Thunderbirds started on their own 17-yard line a nine play, 83-yard drive to score another touchdown and two-point conversion for a 42-0 halftime lead.
The Indians had just 31 yards passing and four yards rushing for 35 total yards of offense in the first half. North Callaway had 131 yards passing and 169 yards rushing for 300 total yards.
North Callaway kept their foot on the accelerator in the second half as the Thunderbirds had a 78-yard kickoff return for a touchdown just after halftime. Eric Hombs was intercepted a couple of minutes later before the Thunderbirds scored again for a 56-0 edge.
Hodde’s punt that went off the side of his foot was later followed one play later with a 60-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion pushed the score to 64-0 with the mercy clock in effect. Sharrod Connor did pick up a 55-yard kickoff return where a penalty was declined but that was about all of the Indians’ offense left in the game. Eric Hombs had a team-high 10 tackles. Garner and Hodde each had seven while Nathan Beatty and Connor each had five tackles.
The Indians will host Mark Twain on Friday night for their final home game of the regular season.