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By Mike Scott
The Clark County Indians opened their 2022 season with a decisive win over Class 1 Scotland County. The Indians rolled up 353 yards of total offense, while allowing the Tigers only 32 yards on the ground.
The Indians found themselves in the end zone eight times in the game, seven during the first half.
Clark County got the ball first in the contest, starting at their own 45-yard line, and quickly moved into Tiger territory. Quarterback Callan Wheeler passed to Collin Hunziker on the sideline, and Hunziker dashed to the end zone, but the play was negated by an Indian penalty. Seven plays later, Wyatt Randall put the Indians on the scoreboard with a one-yard run. The extra-point kick attempt by Clint Chamley was blocked, and with 8:58 remaining in the first quarter, Clark County led 6-0.
Scotland County started their drive at the 20, and went backwards from there, eventually punting from the nine-yard line.
Hunziker returned the punt to the Tiger 31-yard line. A procedure penalty moved the Indians back five yards, before Wheeler connected with Hunziker on a 36 yard touchdown pass. The two-point attempt failed, and Clark County led 12-0 with 6:22 left in the first.
Scotland County’s Jadin Fuller returned the kickoff to the Tiger 41-yard line, but the Indian line drove Scotland County back again. A said of QB Elias Hatfield put the Tigers in a fourth-and-21 situation, forcing a punt.
Clark County would use the short field to score again. After a gain by Hunziker, Jonny Shinn put the ball in the end zone with 1:46 left in the opening quarter, giving the Indians an 18-0 lead.
The Tigers’ Fuller had another good return, this time the 42-yard line. Scotland County picked up their only first down in the first half. But the Tigers would end up punting again.
Senior Gage Winters, who was sidelined much of last year with an injury, made a big play, rushing 51 yard to score for Clark County. Winters also ran the successful two-point conversion, and Clark County took a 26-0 lead with 9:21 left in the first half.
Scotland County lost ground on their next drive, and Hunziker would return their punt 47 yard to score. On the two-point attempt, Wheeler passed to Konner Westercamp.
The Tigers were again not able to move the ball, but almost caught Clark County off guard with a fake punt attempt.
After the Tigers turned the ball over on downs at their own 43-yard line, Shinn raced for the touchdown. Winters added the two-pointer on a pass from Brayen James, and Clark County led 42-0.
A big quarterback sack by Luke Plenge set up another Tiger punt late in the first half.
On the next series, fullback Drew Holsted powered 24 yards for a touchdown with 1:25 left in the first half, putting Clark County up 48-0 at the half.
The second half went quickly with a running play clock. The Tigers benefited from a pair of pass interference calls against the Indian reserves, pushing well into Clark County territory. A deflected Tiger pass was pulled in by Coltyn McDaniel late in the third quarter, and took over at their own eight-yard line. During the drive, Chayce Webster picked up a 34 yard run, and Brennan Fuller put ball in the end zone with 7:04 left. Fuller also scored the two-pointer, giving the Indians a 56 point victory.
Shinn led the Indians on the ground with 65 yards. Webster had 52, and Winters had 51 yards. Wheeler ran for 48 yards, and Holsted had 45 yard on the ground. Collin Hunziker led the receivers with 36 yard.
The Indians will face the Princeton Tigers (combined with Newtown-Harris) next Friday at home. The Tigers lost their season opener to the Mid- Buchanan Dragons 49-22.