The Clopton-Elsberry IndianHawks scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and beat the Monroe City Panthers at home, 34-20, in a district game on Thursday, Oct. 31
It was a wet Halloween, but the IndianHawks offensive line got enough traction to push to victory. Clopton-Elsberry is now 4-6 on the season.
The win puts the IndianHawks up against the powerhouse Palmyra Panthers on the road at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Until then, the IndianHawks can relish in a victory that saw senior quarterback Jack Hicks run wild for 284 yards on 20 carries for four touchdowns.
“Jack Hicks had a great game,” said Clopton-Elsberry Head Coach Mike Scheibel. “Our team came out with a goal in mind, and we took care of our business. Our seniors did a great job of approaching the weak and it showed. Our offensive line has started clicking right when we needed it to. We are excited to play a great Palmyra team this week and hope we can find a way to keep the season going.”
Monroe City opened the scoring in the first quarter with a touchdown pass. The failed extra point made it 6-0.
Clopton-Elsberry came right back with Hicks’ first score. The two-point play was no good and it was 6-6.
Monroe City came right back with a touchdown and the two-point conversion made it 14-6.
Hicks scored again in the second quarter and the two-point play to junior Collin Dugan knotted the score, 14-14.
Hicks scored again as the first half wound down. The conversion failed and the score was 20-14.
There was no scoring in the third quarter but early in the fourth quarter, the Panthers scored a touchdown and missed the extra point to tie it at 20-20.
In the fourth quarter, Hicks hit sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Jennewein with a touchdown pass. The two-point play failed and it was 26-20.
Hicks got his last touchdown later in the quarter and also ran it in for two. That made it 34-20 and the Indian-Hawks held on for the win.
Hicks completed four of eight passes for 32 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
Senior running back Rheed Leake had 10 carries for 55 yards.
Sophomore receiver Jeremy Jennewein caught three passes for 30 yards and a touchdown.
On defense, senior linebacker Devin Linton had 13 tackles and defended a pass.
Rheed Leake had nine tackles from his linebacker spot. Senior defensive lineman Danny Somers had eight tackles and sacked the quarterback.
Dillon Zumwalt had seven tackles and a quarterback sack. Hicks had six tackles from his free safety spot.
Junior linebacker Michael Werkmeister had five tackles and a sack. Senior defensive back Ryan Booher had five tackles.
Senior defensive lineman Chris Maiuro had four tackles and defended a pass. Junior linebacker Raheem Porter had four tackles and defended a pass.
Junior defensive lineman Vince Hollocher had four tackles.
Junior defensive lineman Alex Black had one tackle and blocked a kick. Senior defensive lineman Matt Parinello had one tackle.