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The Clark County Indians got off to a slow start against the struggling South Shelby Cardinals.
After winning the coin toss and choosing to receive the ball, Clark County could only manage a single first down before being forced to punt. Layne Sommer’s punt was downed at the Cardinal four yard line.
South Shelby QB Trey Countryman worked with Wyatt Owens and Marcus Wiseman to pick up three first downs, including two long gains, and drive to the Indian 25 before stalling.
Clark County took over on downs at the 27 yard line. On second down, Indian QB Wheeler took a hit from the blindside, and fumbled, but Dylan Krebil covered the loose ball. The Indians moved quickly, and moved 75 yards in less than two and a half minutes to score on a 13 yard Wheeler run. The extra point kick attempt by Zander Johnson missed, and with 58 seconds left in the first quarter, Clark County took a 6-0 lead.
Clark County got a big break with South Shelby fumbled on the ensuing kickoff return, and the Indians got the ball on the Cardinal 38 yard line.
Two nice runs by Justin Webster moved the ball to the Cardinal two yard line, where Webster punched it in, just 11 seconds into the second quarter. The extra point kick missed, and Clark County led 12-0.
Johnson’s kickoff went in the end zone, and South Shelby started their drive on the 20 yard line. Two plays later, Sommers picked off a pass and raced to the end zone. An illegal block penalty negated Sommers run, but the Indians started the drive on the 24 yard line. Sommers got his touchdown with a 19 yard reception in the end zone with 9:28 remaining in the second quarter. The Indian’s two-point attempt failed, and Clark County led 18-0.
Clark County added another touchdown at the seven minute make with a three yard run by Wheeler. A two point conversion pass to Gage Winters gave Clark County a 26-0 lead.
Clark County would add yet another touchdown in the first half, this time on a 51 yard run by Wheeler. The two point conversion was good, and Clark County held a 34-0 at the half.
South Shelby sustained a nice drive to open the second half, spanning 10 plays including a 37 yard pass from Countryman to Owens. The drive came to an abrupt halt with another interception by Sommers.
A penalty on Sommer’s return pushed Clark County back to their own 10 yard line. The Indians moved the ball to midfield before Wheeler connected with Winters, who was tackled at the one yard line. Another penalty called the play back, but it didn’t matter. Wheeler would score on the next play with a 46 yard run, with just 17 seconds remaining in the third quarter. A two point conversion pass to Wheeler gave Clark County a 42-0 lead, and a running clock
Clark County number two offense would add to the lead, and QB Conner Pearl and Running Back Johnny Shinn teamed up the move the ball. Shinn scored on a three yard run. A two point pass from Pearl to Briston Kirchner put Clark County up 50-0.
South Shelby made a late drive, but time ran out as they moved into scoring position.
Clark County had 358 yard off offense in the game, including 324 on the ground. Wheeler’s two big runs put him on top for Clark County with 209 yards. Webster had 102, and Pearl posted 30 yards. Bode James had 14 yards, and Johnny Shinn added eight yards.
South Shelby’s Countryman had a good performance, completing nine of 16 pass attempts for 115 yards.
Clark County improves to 3-1, and faces Centralia next week.