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It was a rollercoster ride.
Friday’s district opener against the Highland Cougars gave the players and fans every twist and turn and up and down imaginable. The teams combined for over 800 yard of offense and over 100 points scored.
Clark County won the opening coin toss, and wasted little time driving 52 yard to score on a four yard Sam Wheeler run. A two point conversion failed, and Clark County led 6-0.
But not for long. Highland returned the kickoff 80 yard to score, and converted, giving them an 8-6 lead.
Highland’s defense stepped up, and an intentional grounding flag against Wheeler put the Indians in a fourth and 46 position. They would punt the ball away.
Highland extended their lead to 14-6 with 4:20 left in the first quarter.
The Indians answered, driving 81 yards in 17 plays. Wheeler scored on a ten yard run, then carried the two point conversion to tie the game.
Highland ensuing possession would with a punt following Bode James’ sack of Cougar QB Drew Mallett.
Clark County put together another big drive, capped by Wheeler scoring with just 1:25 left in the half. The two-point run was short, and the Indians had a 20-14 lead.
Highland would score on a 32-yard pass with zero time remaining to take a 22-20 lead at the half.
The Cougars extended their lead on the first play from scrimmage of the second half, as Mallett connected with Devin Stutsman on a 65 yard touchdown. After the conversion Highland, led 30-20.
Seconds later, Wheeler hit Layne Sommers with a 54 yard touchdown pass. Wheeler ran for two points and Clark County trailed 30-28.
Mallett would score the next Cougar TD to take a 36-28 lead.
Clark County’s next possession drove inside the Highland 20 yard line before being stopped, and the Indians turned the ball over on downs.
The Big Red defense didn’t let up, and Highland was force to punt. But wait, it was a fake punt that came up short, and the Indians got the ball at the Cougar 26 yard line.
A Wheeler pass to Sommers gave Clark County a first down on the one yard line, and Wheeler would carry the TD and conversion to tie the game at 36-36.
Highland would go three and out on the next possession, and punt.
The Indians would take the lead on a Kenny Harrell run with 8:49 remaining. After the conversion, Clark County led 44-36.
Highland answered, driving 68 yard to scored on another pass play from Mallett to Stutsman. After the conversion, the game was tied at 44 each with 6:09 remaining.
Clark County would take the lead again with 3:27 left, as Wheeler connected with Sommers for a 48 yard touchdown strike. The two point conversion was good and Clark County took a 52-44 lead.
Highland wasn’t done yet, and scored again with just 58 seconds remaining. Their two-point attempt came up short, and Clark County held on for a 52-50 win.
The Indians posted 465 yard of total offense. Wheeler passed for 197 yards, and led the ground game with 176 yard a four touchdowns. Sommers led all receivers with 156 yard in receptions.
Clark County will travel to Palmyra Friday to face the undefeated and top-ranked Panthers.