VANDALIA – A dominant performance by Clopton-Elsberry dampened the homecoming mood for Van-Far on Friday as the IndianHawks marched to a 41-0 shutout victory.
Coach Butch Wolanski said he was pleased with the way Clopton-Elsberry performed on both sides of the ball. He noted that all of the players had “a chip on their shoulder” after losing the lead to North Callaway last week.
“From the beginning of summer we’ve worked on being a full four-quarter team and we didn’t do that last Friday, so we wanted that this week,” he said of the Van-Far game. “Our defense felt like the 42 points we gave up last week was not who we are – especially our defensive line who played outstanding on Friday,” Wolanski added.
The IndianHawks notched their first two scores on the ground then quarterback Shawn Yates connected with Kyle Martin on the next three TDs. Martin was also 5 of 6 kicking extra points. One was blocked by the Indians defense.
Clopton-Elsberry took a 7-0 lead at 9:22 of the first quarter as Zakk Eivins scored on a five-yard carry.
Eivins lit the scoreboard again at 5:18 on a four-yard rush.
Yates hit Martin on a 39-yard TD pass with just over three minutes remaining in the first. The IndianHawks led 20-0 going into the second frame.
Yates scored on a one-yard run at the 10:19 mark of the second. He hit Martin on a 37-yard pass about a minute later.
The IndianHawks led 34-0 until Yates and Martin connected one more time to secure the 41-0 victory. The Clopton-Elsberry defense kept Verdell Johnson and the Van-Far offense in check throughout the game.
The IndianHawks improved their record to 2-2 for the season. They will travel to Wright City this Friday, Sept. 27. Van-Far fell to 1-3 and will host North Callaway this week.In other gridiron action, Bowling Green was narrowly downed by Montgomery County, 37-33, on Friday night.
Charlie Bowen put the Bobcats on the board first as Bowling Green took a 7-0 lead with 5:40 to go in the first quarter.
The Wildcats were quick to knot the score with a touchdown kick-off return.
A quarterback-keeper from the one-yard line put Bowling Green back on top, 14-7, with 3:25 to go in the opening frame.
Early in the second quarter, Montgomery County pushed ahead with a touchdown and two-point conversion at 9:12 of the second quarter.
The Wildcats scored again with 4:51 to go in the second quarter, but the point after was no good so Montgomery County led 21-14.
With just 17 seconds remaining before the break, the Wildcats made it to the endzone and scored the two-point conversion to lead 29-14 going into the second half.
The Bobcats bounced back in the third. Bowling Green scored on a fumble recovery by Braden Perez to make the score 29-21 with 9:21 left in the third.
A few minutes later a catch by Deonta Fleming put the Bobcats within two points with 6:36 remaining in the third quarter.
Bowling Green reclaimed the lead with just over a minute to go in the third on a touchdown. The two-point try was rejected but the Bobcats led 33-29.
The advantage was short-lived as Montgomery County responded with a touchdown as the quarter expired to lead 37-33. Neither team scored in the final frame.
Bowling Green fell to 1-3 for the season. The Bobcats will travel to South Callaway this Friday.
The Louisiana Bulldogs dropped to 0-4 for the season following a 56-14 loss to Hermann on Friday, Sept. 20. The Bulldogs will host Schuyler County this week in a match that will be featured as KJFM Eagle 102’s Game of the Week and will include streaming video online at www.kjfmeagle102.net. Schuyler County has managed only six points the entire season. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and the pregame show will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Pittsfield/Griggsville-Perry lost on Friday to North Mac 26-10. Coach Paul Petty noted the Saukees had 187 rushing yards and 17 passing yards. Gage Gratton had 15 carries for 132 yards. The team will host the co-op of New Berlin/Franklin/Waverly this Friday.
The Pleasant Hill Wolves were edged by North Greene this week 44-32. The team will take on Unity/Seymour on Friday.
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Clopton-Elsberry quarterback Shawn Yates looks down the field.
Van-Far/Community R-VI Verdell Johnson scrambles away from the IndianHawks defense.
Clopton-Elsberry’s Zakk Eivins makes a run for the endzone.