By Mike Scott
Whenever two powerhouse teams like the Clark County Indians and Brookfield Bulldogs meet, you can never be sure who the winner will be, but you can always expect a great game. Friday night’s matchup at Burlington Field was no exception.
The two teams would explode with nearly 800 yards of offense between them, both using a mix of power running and passing attacks. Clark County had 401 yards total, with 265 yards rushing and 136 passing. Four separate Indians found the end zone as the offense kept the Bulldog defense guessing.
Clark County started off with a big play, and although Rob Schutte mis-handled the kickoff inside the Indians 20 yard line, he recovered and raced with the ball the Brookfield 37 before being stopped.
After a couple power runs by Javis Vineyard, the Indians scored first on a 12-yard run by Ethan Allen. The extra point kick was good, and the Indians led 7-0 with 8:42 in the first.
Brookfield bounced right back with a TD of its own as Colby Baily scored on long touchdown run, knotting the score at 7-7 with 8:15 left in the quarter .
The Indians struck back after the kickoff, with Vineyard punching the ball to midfield before Allen connected with Colt Sommers, who was wrestled to the ground inside the 10-yard line. Allen capped the drive with a six-yard run, and at the 6:32 mark, the Indians lead 14-7.
The Indians and Bulldogs traded turnovers late in the first quarter, as Allen snatched a Bulldog pass to set up an Indian drive. That drive ended when Vineyard fumbled the ball at the 13-yard line.
The Indians got the ball back early in the second quarter, and Bryan Plenge returned a Bulldog punt to the 41-yard line. Vineyard scored on 15 yard run with 10:37 left in the half to give the Indians a 21-7 lead.
The Indians and Bulldogs defenses stepped up, both teams and traded stalled drives. The Indians got the ball back with 2:19, and turned it into another TD as Allen connected with Schutte on a 35 yard scoring pass with 47 seconds left in the half, and the Indians were able to take a 28-7 lead into the locker room.
As the second half started, a few sprinkles were starting to fall and lightning flashed in the distance. Brookfield came out and took their opening drive up the field, scoring on a Bryan Severa run with 10:15 in the third.
The Indians next drive stalled, although the Clark County burned over five minutes off the clock as Allen slowed the pace to work the clock.
The game was temporarily suspended with 3:15 left in the third, as lightning forced officials to clear the field. After the delay, the Bulldogs were mounting a drive, but an interception by Matt Morrow ended it.
The Indians were forced to punt for the first time of the evening, and Brookfield got the ball deep in the their own territory. But Plenge picked off a Bulldog pass, giving the Indians possession. But Brookfield got the ball back as Vineyard fumbled at the one-yard line.
The Indian defense did its job again, stopping a Bulldog drive on a fourth and ten play an territory. The Indians took advantage of the momentum, and drove 55 yards for the an Erick Arnold TD on 8 yard carry with 1:31 left, giving Clark County a 35-14 lead.
But the Bulldogs were finished. They struck back with a 65 yard TD pass to cut the lead to 35-21, then recovered an on-side kick to get possession with 1:20 remaining. Brookfield’s comeback hopes were dashed as the Indian defense stopped a fourth a nine inside Clark County territory.
The Indians are now 4-0 on the season, and face Knox County for Homecoming next Friday night.