The Clopton/Elsberry IndianHawks lost the first football game of their season to the Winfield Warriors on Aug. 21 by a final score of 68-22.
“Friday night was a tough loss but it [was] understandable,” said IndianHawks Head Coach Mike Scheibel. “Damian Cagle (Winfield’s senior quarterback) is probably the best QB we will see all year. Their running back was a stud as well. I think our guys tried their best, but we were out-matched by a 3-A school that is finally playing like a 3-A school.”
Scheibel said he has to give credit to Winfield and their coaching staff.
“They wanted it bad and [they] have a lot of talent to go with that desire, making them dangerous,” said Scheibel.
Scheibel said the game highlighted his team’s youth and inexperience, something they will have to deal with all season.
“We are young, and that story isn’t going to change this year,” said Scheibel. “We only have one senior on the roster. We played five freshman Friday night. We are going to take our lumps this year, but we will learn and hopefully grow from them.”
Scheibel added that the 68-22 loss was not without its positives.
“I saw some good things from our offense that were promising,” said Scheibel. “We aren’t as bad as the score may [make] us [out] to be.”
Frankie Black, Blake Kendall, Stephen Talbert, Jamon Graham and Damian Walker combined for 224 yards rushing during the game.
On the receiving end, Kevin Hammett, Brendon Morse, Mark Frank and Jamon Graham combined for a total of 161 yards.
The IndianHawks also recorded 25 tackles during the contest.
Hammett lead that field with four.
Talbert, Graham and Scott Kuntz each contributed three tackles.
Donovan Guccione, Collin Lockard and Walker all chipped in two tackles, and all other IndianHawk defenders were held to one each.
Talbert passed for 161 yards with 21 attempts and nine completions.
In addition, the IndianHawks scored three touchdowns and completed two conversions.
Unfortunately, that effort fell far short.
Scheibel said his team just needs to stay focused and realize that bad things are going to happen.
“Young players sometimes let one bad play define their night,” said Scheibel. “That’s where we were Friday.”
Scheibel said the IndianHawks will take the rest of the season one step at a time.
“We face North Shelby this week [and they are] hungry for their first win in a while, so we need to prepare to bring our best effort,” said Scheibel.
The game against North Shelby will be the first home game of the season for the IndianHawks and it is set to begin at 7 p.m.