The Clopton-Elsberry IndianHawks came close but not close enough in a 17-14 road loss to the Wright City Wildcats on Friday, Oct. 11.
Wright City scored first in the opening quarter and converted the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
The Wildcats scored again in the second quarter, but so did the IndianHawks when senior quarterback Jack Hicks ran it in from 31 yards out with 2:27 left. The failed conversion attempt made it 14-6 at the half.
The Indian Hawks tied the game 14-14 in the third quarter when Leake scampered in from 23 yards out and Hicks ran it in for two extra points.
With 31 seconds left in the third quarter, Wright City kicked a field goal to take the lead again at 17-14.
The IndianHawks rallied in the fourth quarter but fumbled on the Wright City 27-yard line to snuff the drive. Another drive stalled when Wright City intercepted a pass in the red zone later in the quarter.
“Friday night we lost a close one,” said IndianHawks Head Coach Mike Scheibel. “I was proud of the way my guys battled.
“The story all year with our team is that every play we are one guy away from busting big plays and breaking up big plays. Wright City just made more big plays than we did.
“I was pleased with the performances of (senior lineman) Danny Somers, (freshman lineman) Scott Kuntz, and (sophomore wide receiver) Jeremy Jennewein.
“Danny Somers came out and played an amazing game on defense at nose tackle. Scott Kuntz played the second half at center and Jeremy played well.
“It’s exciting to see the young guys step up and contribute. We need to just keep getting better every week and make plays.”
Senior quarterback Jack Hicks was five for nine passing for 64 yards and one interception. He ran 21 times for 119 yards, scoring a touchdown and a two-point play.
Senior running back Rheed Leake ran 13 times for 69 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for seven yards.
Senior running back Devin Linton carried three times for 10 yards and punted twice for 76 yards.
Jennewein had three receptions for 41 yards. Junior wide receiver Raheem Porter carried once for seven yards and caught one ball for 16 yards.
Leake led the defense from his linebacker spot with 18 tackles. Somers had nine tackles and Linton had eight tackles and a fumble recovery.
Sophomore Dillon Zumwalt had six tackles, junior lineman Alex Black had five tackles and deflected a pass. Junior linebacker Michael Werkmeister had four tackles.
Porter had three takedowns, as did senior linebacker Bobby Schlueter and senior defensive lineman Chris Mauiro.
Hicks had a pair of tackles at safety, as did senior defensive back Ryan Booher and senior defensive lineman Matt Parinello. Junior defensive back Collin Dugan had a solo tackle.
The IndianHawks are on the road again at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 at North Callaway.
(Story provided by Dave Moeller of The Louisiana Press Journal.)
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