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Indian Fans Pack Gym For Send-Off
It was a sea of red and gray, and smiling faces.
The Clark County R-1 High School gym was filled to capacity for a pep rally Friday morning as the community celebrated the Indian’s football season and sent them on their way to the Class 2 Missouri semi-final game.
Busloads of elementary and middle school students joined with the high-schoolers and community members in the rally. The Marching Indian band and flags performed, and the cheerleaders added some Big Red excitement.
“We are celebrating a football accomplishment today,” CCR-1 Principal Jason Harper said. “This is a culmination of all that effort from elementary school on.”
The architect of the Indians’ success is Head Coach Matt Smith.
“We’ve always run into some kind of wall before. This year, it wasn’t good enough just to make the playoffs. We want to win it all. That’s been our goal since the beginning.
Senior team members Cori Seth, Lynn Williams, Ethan Allen, Javis Vineyard and Bryan Plenge all spoke to the audience, thanking them for the community’s support all season.
Kahoka Mayor Herb Butler spoke to the team.
“On behalf the City of Kahoka, you’ve really made us proud. The county of Clark is proud of you. The entire community is proud of you.”
Butler commented that as seventh graders, the now-seniors had only a 1-5 record, but had improved greatly.
“Your mental ability and hard work have gotten you where you are today,’ Butler said.
Butler compared the Indians to their opponents, the Maplewood Richmond Heights Blue Devils.
“Maplewood came into this same game last year undefeated, and they were trounced 42-14,” Butler said. “They put on a big performance. Well, we put on a performance, too. It’s called the first quarter and the second quarter, and then the curtain comes down.”
“They’re supposed to be fast. They’d better be—they haven’t seen anything like us,” Butler said.