Last season, the Van-Far/Community R-VI football team ended a 35 year drought against Montgomery County with a 46-35 victory.
One year later, the Indians have started a streak of their own, this time after beating the Wildcats on the road with a 26-7 victory for its second straight over Montgomery County.
“I was pleased with the victory but was disappointed with the way we handled business after our three TD’s early,” said Van-Far head coach Blake Logan. “We seemed to let off the gas pedal on both sides of the ball. Hopefully this week, we put together four solid quarters of mistake-free football.”
Both teams turned over the ball on downs at midfield after their first drives before the Indians scored.
Quarterback Parker Wallace connected with Jamie Householder on a 52-yard touchdown play. The run failed, keeping the score at 6-0.
Freshman running back Trey Miller led the Indians on their next scoring drive early in the second quarter that started on the 36-yard line.
Miller caught a Wallace pass over the middle for a 17-yard gain and added a 32-yard scramble on the ground. He finished off the eight play, 64 yard drive with a four yard touchdown run. His two-point attempt failed just short of the endzone to keep the score at 12-0.
The Indians defense forced another four-and-out to set up another scoring drive just a few minutes later.
Before halftime, Wallace connected with Nick Barnes on a 52-yard passing play. Householder then took a reverse in from three yards out for an 18-0 lead.
The Indians nearly scored at the end of the first half when a drive was stalled with Wallace’s pass being intercepted on the four yard line.
Van-Far/Community R-VI’s defense held the Wildcats to just 40 yards of offense in the first two quarters while the Indians compiled 272 yards of offense.
Both teams exchanged turnovers early in the third quarter. Wallace had a pass tipped and intercepted though the Wildcats couldn’t take advantage.
Two plays later, Kyle Ebers stripped a Montgomery County player of the ball and it was recovered by Householder on the Indians’ 25-yard line.
With 3:32 left in the quarter, it appeared the Wildcats had a long way to go on their 11 yard line to start a drive.
Montgomery County took advantage of an open lane in the middle of the Indians defense though to score on an 89-yard touchdown run. A successful extra-point kick cut the lead to 11.
“Defensively, we were stingy in the first half (we gave up 40 yards in the first half) and then took some bad angles in the third quarter, which cost us on their only score,” Logan said.
Miller did fumble the ball with 2:31 left in the game but an official blew the whistle to stop the play on what could have been a scoop for a touchdown for the Wildcats.
Miller responded on the first play of defense with a tackle for a loss of 12 yards.
The defense forced a stop on fourth down near midfield.
One play later, Barnes scored on a 57-yard touchdown run to put the game away. Barnes then snapped the ball to Householder, who scored the two-point conversion to seal the 19-point win. Barnes did add a late interception in the endzone to stop the Wildcats’ final drive. The Indians finished the game with 197 yards passing and 234 on the ground for 431 total yards of offense. The Wildcats had 242 yards of total offense.
“Offensively, we are inconsistent and need to change that as we begin the second half of the season,” Logan said though he also noted there were several bright spots in the game. “Penalties and missed assignments will cost us big moving forward.”
Miller had 16 carries for 82 yards and one touchdown. He also had seven catches for 39 yards.
Barnes tallied 10 carries for 131 yards and one touchdown along with four catches for 69 yards.
Wallace completed 15-of-28 passes for 197 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown. He also had eight carries for 18 yards.
Householder had three catches for 62 yards and one touchdown along with one carry for three yards and another touchdown.
“Trey Miller played another solid game by running the ball hard and making some great grabs in the passing game,” Logan added as Miller scored his first career touchdown. “Adam Hombs and Andrew Snodgrass also played very hard and physical on the offensive line, which helped our run game have some success.”
Defensively, Anthony Fairchild had eight tackles, one tackle for a loss, and one pass defection.
Devin Fleming added five tackles and one tackle for a loss. Joe Clithero had five tackles while Jacob Garner made four tackles.
The Indians are in Homecoming Week and will take on rival Bowling Green at home on Friday, September 25 at 7 p.m.
The Bobcats have a 3-2 record but are coming off a win where they scored more than 80 points against Clopton/Elsberry.
The team runs a spread offense and features an athletic running back in Kaeden Jenkins.