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They had to go to St. Louis County to do it, but the Clopton-Elsberry IndianHawks captured their first victory of the year on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Principia, 36-22. The team is now 1-3 on the season.
A strong offense and an improved defense produced the victory against the Panthers.
“I am proud of my team and the way we bounced back,” said IndianHawks Head Coach Mike Scheibel, who also got his first coaching career win. “Jack Hicks had a great game and is throwing the ball better.”
The senior quarterback was seven for 15 passing for 78 yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Hicks led a stout running game in which he gained 201 yards on 22 carries, scored two touchdowns and a two-point conversion pass.
Senior running back Devin Linton added 54 yards on eight carries and scored a touchdown. He also had two receptions for 15 yards. Linton helped the IndianHawks field position with two punts for 100 yards, one of them a 65-yarder.
Senior running back Rheed Leake added 37 yards on eight carries. Senior lineman Danny Somers came in on short yardage plays at running back and had three carries for five yards and a two-point conversion. Freshman running back Kevin Hammett added seven yards on three carries.
Junior wide receiver Raheim Porter added 24 yards on nine carries and caught three passes for 39 yards.
Sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Jennewein caught two passes for 24 yards, scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion.
“Our defense played their best game and helped our offense get the ball back often,” Scheibel said. “It felt really good to finally get a win under our belt and I think we can get another one this week. I tell the boys that as long as we improve every week and play hard, that the wins will come.”
Leake was all over the field from his linebacker spot, recording 14 tackles and breaking up two passes.
Sophomore linebacker Dillon Zumwalt intercepted a pass and took it back 26 yards for a score. He broke up another pass and added two tackles.
Linton had six tackles playing linebacker, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. Somers had six tackles from his defensive lineman spot and junior linebacker Michael Werkmeister had five tackles.
Senior defensive lineman Chris Mairo had four tackles and recovered a fumble.
Senior defensive back Jamel Shelton broke up three passes and had three tackles.
Porter had an interception in the defensive backfield, broke up another pass and recorded three tackles.
Hicks had an interception, broke up another pass and hauled two Panthers down.
Junior defensive back Collin Dugan and senior defensive lineman Matt Parinello had three tackles apiece.
Junior defensive lineman Alex Black had two tackles and a quarterback sack. Freshman linebacker Collin Lockard had two tackles.
Senior defensive back Ryan Booher had a solo tackle, as did Jennewein.
The IndianHawks square off at home against the Van-Far Indians at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27.
The game will be announced live at http://elsberrydemocrat.com. Simply click on the ISN logo and enjoy.