IndianHawks lose to Winfield, heat
IndianHawks running back Devin Linton burst through the Winfield line for a gain during the muggy, Aug. 30 road game.
The Clopton-Elsberry IndianHawks lost their first game of the season, 28-14, during a blistering night on the road against the Winfield Warriors on Friday, Aug. 30.
It was IndianHawks Head Coach Mike Scheibel first official loss and the 100-degree heat index caused a host of players to be out of the game in the second half with cramps.
“I had five players come out and I had to play the entire JV in the second half,” Scheibel said. “Early on we made a lot of mistakes and when we lost those guys in the second half, we really couldn’t make it up,” Sheibel said.
“I was proud of the way the underclassemen jumped in. I played eight freshmen and they played excellent defense,” Scheibel said. “Eventually the levee just broke with the inexperience out there.”
The IndianHawks came out of the gate fast with senior quarterback Jack Hicks bursting up the middle for a 59-yard touchdown at the 8:01 remaining in the first quarter. A sweep was good for two points and the IndianHawks were ahead, 8-0.
After Clopton-Elsberry coughed the ball up twice, the Warrior came back with a score to make it 8-6 with 10:14 left in the second quarter. The two-point pass play failed.
After a long run by junior wide receiver Raheim Porter, Hicks hit Porter with a 13-yard touchdown dart at the 5:18 mark of the second quarter. The two-point play was unsuccessful and the Indian Hawks were up 14-6.
That’s when the game reversed on the Indian-Hawks and the Warriors scored 22 unanswered points to pull away and win in the second half.
Hicks was 9 for 23 through the air for 102 yards. He also gained 92 yards on nine carries.
Running back Devin Linton had 30 yards on three carries.
The IndianHawks play their first home game of the year at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 against the Montgomery County Wildcats.