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By Mike Scott
Before Friday’s game at Macon, a fan told me the Indians had the talent, but he didn’t know if they had the heart to win big games this season.
The game at Macon answered that question.
Facing the number 10 team in Class 2, Clark County’s defense stood strong several times.
After a sputtering first offensive series, the Indian defense force Macon to turn the ball over on downs. The Indians put together an 81 yard drive to score on a one-yard run by Wyatt Randall with 2:26 left in the first quarter. The two point conversion failed, and the Indians led 6-0.
Macon answered with an eight-play drive of 69 yards to score. Their extra point kick hit the upright, and the game was tied at 6-6.
Clark County punted on their next possession, but recovered a Macon fumble in Tiger territory. Three plays latter, Callan Wheeler connected with Collin Hunziker on a 28-yard touchdown pass to put the Indians up 12-6.
Hunizker got another score just over a minute later, picking off a Tiger pass on the run scoring to put Clark County up 18-6.
Macon cut the Indian lead to 18-13 after scoring and kicking the extra point.
After a long kickoff return by Hunziker, Clark County lost a fumble on their next possession, but the Indian defense stepped up again, forcing the Tigers to turn over the ball on downs.
Clark County took a knee to end the first half, leading 18-13.
Macon was forced to punt on its first two possessions of the second half, before they finally sustained a drive and scored with 11:35 left in the fourth quarter, taking a 20-18 lead.
The Indians had to punt on their next chance, but the defense turned the Tigers away inside the 10-yard line. With just over 2 minutes left in the game, and trailing by two points, the Indians couldn’t move the ball and turned it over on their own eight-yard line. Macon scored their final touchdown with 1:10 remaining.
Now trailing by eight, Clark County still had a chance-however slim. They picked up a quick first down, but came up just short of another first down with only 11 seconds remaining, and they turned the ball over on downs again.
On paper, Macon dominated the contest, more than doubling the Indians in total yards 447-202.
Wheeler passed for 109 yards, including 50 yard to Hunziker and 44 yards to Drew Holsted.
Randall ran for 55 yard for the Indians. Wheeler added 36 yards.
Clark County hosts Highland on Friday. The 1-2 Cougars fell 46-8 to Monroe City on Friday.