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Mistakes cost IndianHawks in season opener

Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 5:05 pm

The Clopton-Elsberry IndianHawks finish off their first scoring drive with the extra-point field goal in the 27-19 loss against Duchesne on Friday Night.

Four turnovers and a 300+ yard running game is all it took for the Duchesne Pioneers to spoil the home opener 27-19 for the Clopton-Elsberry IndianHawks on Friday night.

With any team mistakes is something that teams can ill-afford, especially when facing a Class 4A team.

With a new defensive coordinator the IndianHawks defense struggled against Duchesne high powered running game giving up over 300 yards. On the positive side the passing game of Duchesne was locked up by the IndianHawks as they gave up only 33 yards through the air.

“The turnovers hurt us as we had some opportunities to put the ball in the endzone,” said Coach Ben Burnett.

Despite the turnovers and the running by the Pioneers, the IndianHawks held their own and impressed their first year head coach.

“We only allowed 33 passing yards on defense and offensively we moved the ball very well,” said Burnett. “This game is all about making adjustments and we have already started making those at practice today [Monday].”

The IndianHawks were able to move the ball well through the air and on the ground using the arm and feet of their starting quaterback Shawn Yates.

In the final two minutes the IndianHawks had a chance to tie the game with two redzone passes. The first was overthrown and the second hit the receivers hands but wasn’t able to secure the ball.

“These are the type of games we learn from,” said Burnett.

Next up the IndianHawks will travel to Missouri Military Academy on Friday night at 7 p.m.

While the Fighting Colonels are coming off of a 63-0 loss to North Callaway, Burnett is not taking this team lightly.

“We have to play good football or this game can get away from us,” said Burnett. “We can’t look past MMA, they can get on a run very easily.”

 

2018 Clopton-Elsberry Cheerleaders: Front row: Laura Huckstep, Jessica Barnes, Madisyn Parrish, Cararose King, Madison Steen, Stephanie Talbert, Bethany Klopcic, Kennedy Flynn and Jade Cooper. Back row: Kylie Lucas, Gracy Mahurin, Melody Hall, Ashlyn Hunter, Mattie West, Mercedes Lyskoski, Hailey King, Isabel Bayless, Brylie King, Olivia Brune, Cierrah Miller and Jordan Cyr.

The football pep band (left) performing on opening night of the Clopton-Elsberry IndianHawks home game last Friday night. (Right) Elsberry High School Feature Twirler Madison Leckbee lights up the half-time performance twirling fire-batons.