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Indians Open 2007 Season With A Win
By Mike Scott
The Clark County Indians opened their 2007 season at home Friday, September 1, with a victory over Tri Rivers Conference opponent North Shelby. The Indians demonstrated their speed and agility, using several big plays to roar past the Raiders 56-22.
The Indians jumped out to the lead on the opening play, as Matt Morrow took the kickoff an raced 75 yards for the touchdown. Ryan Roberts’ kick PAT kick was good, and the Indians owned a 7-0 lead just 13 seconds into regulation play.
Midway through the opening quarter, Rob Schutte recovered at Raider fumble, setting up a second Indian TD. The 41 yard scoring drive was capped by a five-yard run by Erick Arnold for the TD.
The Raiders scored one touchdown late in the first quarter, but the Indians bounced back with another kickoff return, this time an 82 yard scoring run by Javis Vineyard with only 35 seconds left. At the end of the first quarter, the Indians led 21-7.
After the Indian defense stopped a Raider drive, their offense got their hands on the ball again. This time, quarterback Ethan Allen completed a 42yard TD pass to Matt Morrow, and the Indians went up 28-7.
North Shelby answered with a touchdown of their own to cut the margin to 28-14, but the Indians would go on to score the final TD of the half. After being stopped deep in their own territory, the Raiders tried a fake punt, but the Indians weren’t fooled and took over on the Raider 25 yard line. On the next play, Allen completed a scoring pass to Colt Sommers, and the Indians took a 35-14 lead into the locker room.
The third quarter was all Indians, who capitalized on two Raider turnovers. With 10:14 left in the quarter, Vineyard scored on a 35-yard run. Less than two minutes later, Sommers recovered a fumble on the Raider 15, and Allen connected with Schutte for another Clark County TD. Allen got into the defensive act himself, picking off a Raider pass, which led to another Vineyard TD, this time a 40 yard run with 7:16 remaining in the third. With a 56-14 lead, the Indians relaxed and let younger players gain valuable playing time experience. North Shelby added a TD late in final quarter, and their two point run was good, giving the final score of 56-22.
The Indians rolled up 270 yards of offense in contest. Ethan Allen, in his first varsity start, completed 9 of 11 passes for 145 yards, while giving up one interception. Vineyard had 106 yard rushing on 10 carries.