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The Van-Far Little Indians football team’s season opener took place this past weekend August 30 on their home Field. The 3rd and 4th grade team took the field first against the Mark Twain Tigers.
The Indians won the toss and chose to be on the receiving end. They were unable to move the ball down the field and was forced a turnover on fourth down. The Tigers worked their way towards the endzone with 8:10 left in quarter and scored their first touchdown of the game with an extra point being good making the score 7-0.
With the Indians back in possession of the ball, the offensive line pushed forward. With 6:52 left on the clock, Colin Martin broke through the Tigers’ defense for a 52-yard touchdown. A failed extra point kept the score at 7-6.
With only 1:02 left in the first half, the Tigers were able to move the ball down and scored a second touchdown. The extra point pushed the score to 14-6 at halftime.
During the second half, the Indians put up a good fight and gave it all they had but just couldn’t find their way back down the field. The Tigers were able to make a few more touchdowns making the final score 39-12.
5th and 6th
Next on the field was the 5th and 6th grade team. Mark Twain Tigers won the coin toss and chose to be on the receiving end.
The Indians’ defensive linemen came out on fire.
Case Stafford was able to make a tremendous block followed by a sack of the quarterback. Despite the great blocks and defensive moves, the Indians were unable to keep the Tigers from the endzone.
With 5:37 left in first quarter, Mark Twain scored the first touchdown of the game. The extra point was no good, leaving the score 6-0.
With the Indians in possession of the ball fighting to move it down the field, they fell short on a fourth down forcing a turnover to the Tigers going into the second quarter. Justin Duenke found a hole and sacked the Tigers quarterback. Indians defensive line was ready and stopped them to take back possession of the ball.
Quarterback Darius Starks took the opportunity to fire the ball 20 yards to Garrett Schmidt for a first down. Bryson Lay was then able to run a total of 12 yards to bring the Indians closer to the endzone. With 5:14 left in first half, Lay broke free and scored the Indians first touchdown. Clayton Heaton was able to convert the two point conversion to give Van-Far an 8-6 first half lead.
At the beginning of the second half, the Indians’ Trenton Lower received the kickoff and returned it to the Tigers 38 yard line. Lay was able to gain six yards on the next play. With a hand-off to Starks he found a hole and made a 56 yard rush for a touchdown. The failed extra point made the score 14-6 with 11:37 left in third quarter. Both teams held strong for the rest of third quarter with either team able to score.
With the Tigers in possession of the ball in the fourth quarter, they found an opening right away and scored a touchdown. A successful extra point kick closed the lead to 14-13 with 12:14 left in the game.
The rest of the quarter kept fans on the edge of their seats as both teams battled their way down the field trying to score.
With :30 seconds left in the game, the Indians threw an interception.
The Tigers were able to get to their five yard line before being brought down by Starks. The Tigers pushed their way to the two yard line with :13 seconds left and Indians defense held its ground. The Tigers were unable to make it to the endzone, giving the Indians a 14-13 victory. Good job to both teams. The next game will be September 6 in Highland. The next home game is September 13 at 10 a.m. at Van-Far High School field.