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The Clark County Indians have been slow to start this season, but once they get rolling-watch out. That was again the case in Kahoka on Friday as the Indians hosted the Highland Cougars in a Clarence Cannon Conference Homecoming matchup.
The Indians came into the game with a 2-1 record, and Highland had a 1-2 record.
Highland won the toss and took possession of the ball first. The Cougars established the running game early, with Alex Oenning being nearly unstoppable as Highland marched into Indian territory.
A Highland fumble gave Clark County the ball, and the Jonny Shinn weaved through the defense to break free for a 24-yard gain. Quarterback Callan Wheeler converted a fourth-and-nine into a first down, and then took the ball to the Cougar five-yard-line on the next play. Wheeler would score on a two yard run, and Collin Hunziker kicked the extra point as Clark County took a 7-0 lead.
Both teams’ defenses stymied the offensive efforts of the others’, as they traded one-series possessions twice for the balance of the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Highland moved the ball, but a third-down sack of quarterback Brayden Logsdon force another punt.
Clark County mounted a sustained drive of 64 yards to score, as Wyatt Randall dove across the goal line. Hunziker’s kick was good, and Clark County led 14-0 with 3:41 remaining in the first half.
Another Cougar fumble gave the Indians the ball at the 11-yard line, and Clark County’s Shinn was quick to get it into the end zone. Wheeler ran the two-point conversion, and the Indians took a 22-0 lead with 2:12 left in the half.
Highland wasn’t ready to quit, and the Cougars mounted a 75-yard scoring drive. Will Goings pounded out yardage on the ground, and Logsdon connected with Devin Stutsman on a 20-yard pass to the end zone. Goings carried the two-pointer, and with just 10 seconds left in the half, the Cougars were on the board 22-8.
The Indians got the ball first in the second half, and drove 64 yards to score on a one-yard run by Wheeler. The PAT kick was good, and the Indians led 28-8.
Highland punted their next possession, and the Indians were on the verge of scoring again when they fumbled into the end zone, give the Cougars a touchback at the 20, but Highland wasn’t able to take advantage of the situation.
The Indians scored again on a 48-yard run by Wheeler with 3:35 left in the third. After the kick, Clark County led 36-8.
Highland drove their next possession deep into Clark County territory, aided by a pass interference call. Logsdon got sacked by Camden Morss, and the Cougars would turn the ball over on downs.
The Indians used six plays to go 69 yards, scoring on another Wheeler run with 8:48 remaining. After Hunziker’s kick, Clark County led 43-8 with 8:49 left in the game.
Both sides played reserve players for the balance of the contest. Clark County’s Chayce Webster added an Indian touchdown late to make the final score 50-8.
Highland plays at Macon this Friday, and Clark County travels to South Shelby.
Individual and team stats were not available for this report.