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For years Elsberry has been privy to hearing and knowing how good their athletic programs are. Whether it’s just about Elsberry or about the
Clopton/Elsberry IndianHawks, these teams have always seemed to get the crowd going. Not wanting to break trend, they have done it again, as two of Elsberry’s own stepped out and showed the state just how good they really are.
On June 29, Sports Caster Chris Duerr and KHQA hosted the 8th Annual Do-or-Die Bowl, which is a tri-state area All-Star high school football game at Flinn Stadium in Quincy, Ill. Missouri All-State football players Quarterback Scott Kroeger and Wide Receiver Brennen Hurley represented the Clopton/Elsberry IndianHawks as starters on the West squad along with several other players from both Missouri and Iowa. Players from Illinois made up the East squad.
With major contributions from the two IndianHawk teammates, the West squad was able to end the East Squad’s three-year winning streak in a thrilling game that Duerr described, during his end of the game Overtime Sports Show wrap up, as the best Do-or-Die Bowl to date.
“I was extremely proud of what we were able to do,” Hurley said. “Not only did we end the East squads winning streak but I was also able to gain bragging rights over my brother (Ryan Hurley), who played in last years match up.”
The first half was said to be a slow start for the West squad team as the key play of the half was made by Hurley, who took a long lateral from Quarterback Seth Williams, of Clark County, completed a spiraling 40-yard pass to Matt Loter, also of Clark County. Shane Williams, of Monroe City, scored a two-yard run and with a failed extra point attempt, the West squad ended the first half 6-0.
Although the first half of the game seemed to be slow for the West offense, the second half took a much different appearance as Kroeger took the helm and drove the West squad approximately 72-yards down field. Kroeger then made a 44-yard pass to Shane Williams, giving West a 12-0 lead over East. Unfortunately, West did not make the extra point.
On the ensuing drive the East squad, burning considerable time off the clock, managed to shorten their deficit 12-7. However, the East squads run would not stop there. Following a sack on Seth Williams, the West squad was forced to punt the ball away on their next possession without converting the first down and allowing the East squad to execute their second consecutive scoring drive, as well as an extra point for a 14-12 lead in the fourth.
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