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The Clark County Indians visited a feisty Highland Cougar team on Friday, September 1.
Clark County won the opening coin toss, but deferred possession until the second half.
In their opening sequence, the Cougars struggled for yards, and punted the ball away.
Clark County picked up a first down and seemed to be moving the ball well on their opening drive before Indian quarterback Chayce Webster lost the ball on a third and four play, giving Highland possession.
The Cougard picked up four first downs on their drive, including a long run by Chris Gaus to the 14-yard line. Highland drove all the way to the three-yard line before a penalty moved them back to the twelve. The Cougars gained some of the yard back, but ended up turning the ball over on downs at the seven yard line.
Clark County ran the ball to get some room to work, and gained a first down. Webster was sacked by Gaus, and then sacked again two plays later, causing a fumble
Cooper Bliven scooped the football and scored, putting Highland up 6-0 with 53 seconds left in the first quarter. Alex Oenning ran a sweep for the two-point conversion, giving Highland an 8-0 lead.
The Indians coughed up the ball for a third time in the first quarter on their first play from scrimmage after the kickoff.
Highland took over at the 45-yard line, but self-inflicted penalties forced them to punt the ball away.
Clark County took over on their own 22, and would drive 78 yards in 14 plays to score on a four yard run by Webster. A holding penalty on the extra point conversion attempt was declined by Highland, and the score stood a 8-6 with 4:24 left in the half.
Clark County caught a break of their own when Konner Westercamp picked off a Brayden Logsdon pass, giving the ball back to the Indians. Webster connected with Colin Hunziker over the middle, and Hunziker got some blocking and went the distance to score. The two-point conversion was good, and the Indians took a 14-8 lead with 4:07 left in the half.
On the Cougar’s next possession, they drove to the Clark County 23 before turning the ball over on downs, and after three Indian plays, the halftime score stood at 14-8 Clark County.
The Indians got the ball first in the second half, and drove to the Cougar 30-yard line before being pushed back. Logsdon picked off a fourth-down Webster pass on the five-yard line.
Clark County’s defense didn’t let Highland move the ball, and the Cougars punted.
The Indians would score quickly, as Jonny Shinn jetted across the goal line on an 18 yard run. The two-point conversion was good, and Clark County took a 20-8 lead.
Highland’s next drive moved the ball into Indian territory before stalling near the 40-yard line. A punt gave the Indians possession at their own five.
Clark County worked the ball on the ground, using Shinn, Drew Holsted and Brennan Fuller. On the last play of the third quarter, Fuller fumbled the ball, but doubled back to regain possession. A few plays later Shinn would punch the ball in from five yards out. The two-pointer failed, and the Indians led 26-8 with 8:57 remaining.
Highland had a good run for the first play of the ensuing possession, but Lucus Eddleman snagged a Logsdon pass, setting up Clark County’s final scoring drive. Webster scored on a five yard run with 4:33 left. A two-point pass to Shinn made the score 34-8.
Highland’s final drive threatened, but time ran out, and Clark County posted its fourth win of the season. Highland fell to 2-2 on the year.
Highland hosts 0-4 Macon next Friday.