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By Mike Scott
Despite a slow start defensively, the Clark County Indians put 58 points on the scoreboard to overwhelm the Princeton Tigers in a non-conference match on Friday.
Princeton’s Andrew Rhoades proved to be a challenge for the Indians throughout the first half. Rhoades consistently evaded Indian tackles early on, as the Tigers took their opening drive all the way to the Indian 10-yard line before fumbling and turning the ball over.
Starting at their own nine-yard line, the Indians sputtered, and Collin Hunziker punted the ball away.
Princeton’s next possession ended with an interception by Hunziker, and the Indians started at the 25-yard line. Clark County picked up a first down before Jonny Shinn scored on a 49-yard touchdown run. Callan Wheeler carried the ball for the two-point conversion, and Clark County took an 8-0 lead with 7:21 left in the first quarter.
Princeton lost control of the ball again on their next series, and had to punt. A running-into-the-kicker penalty gave Princeton some yards, but not enough for a first down, and they kicked again.
Hunziker returned the punt 63 yards to the Tiger three-yard line. From there, Wheeler scored on the next play, and Shinn added two points with a run, giving Clark County a 16-0 lead.
The Tigers fumble again on their next possession, and Clark County gained a first down near midfield before Wheeler passed to Hunziker for a 52-yard touchdown. The two-pointer was good, and Clark County led 24-0 with 1:40 left in the first quarter.
Princeton turned the ball over on downs, failing on a fourth-and-three run. A pair of quick first downs put the Indians inside the five, where Drew Holsted ran for the score. A pass to Lucus Eddleman gave Clark County a 32-0 lead.
Princeton lost the ball again, and Shinn would score another Indian TD wiht 8:14 left in the half. The conversion failed, and Clark County led 38-0.
Princeton moved the ball on the next series, getting a pair of first downs before yet another fumble ended their drive at the Clark County 24-yard line.
Wheeler would score again, with a 34-yard run to put the Indians up 44-0 at the half.
With a running clock, the second half went quickly. Wheeler scored early with a 296-yard run to give the Indians a 50-0 lead, and Clark County started rotating younger players onto the field. The final Indian points would come as Brayen James handed off to Wyatt Randall for touchdown and two-point conversion.
Princeton scored twice in the final minutes to make the final 58-12.
Clark County had 36o yards of offense, while Princeton had 180.
Wheeler led the Indians on the ground with 90 yards. Shinn had 89, and Randall had 55. Holsted added 42.
Wheeler passed for 86 yards, with Hunziker gaining 63 of them