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Indians Open with Victory Over Wallace County

The St. Francis Indian football team opened their 2018 season with a weather-shortened game against the Wallace County Wildcats. The game was won by the Indians, 28-0, with the game being called due to lightning early in the third period.

Wallace County won the coin flip and elected to receive. After no return, the Wildcats set up on the 15 yard line. Wallace County's (WC) Luke Johnson (140 lb. Sr.) earned 5 yards on his first carry sprinting around the right end. David Korbe (141 lb. So.) took the next carry up the middle where he was met hard by Adam Krien for no gain. Johnson's third down carry around the left end was stopped for no gain by Brady DInkel. On 4th-&-5, the Wildcats punted.

Brady Dinkel returned the punt to the WC 37 yard line. On first down, Dinkel rounded the right end for a good gain moving the ball to the Wallace County 13. On the next play, Dinkel ran left for a touchdown. The conversion try failed due to a fumbled pitch. With 9:51 left in the first period, the Indians led 6-0.

The Indians' kick-off was well-covered by Shadryon Blanka forcing the Wildcats to begin their possession at the 8 yard line. Wallace County fared much better on their next possession maintaining control for 14 plays before relinquishing the ball on downs. After a dive up the middle by the quarterback, WC attempted a pass. The ball was intercepted by Brady Dinkel and returned near the St. Francis goal line. Dinkel was called for pass interference on the play, and WC regained possession and a good chunk of yardage. With the football now at the WC 25, WC was called for encroachment. Three straight runs by Luke Johnson resulted in 4th-&-1. Johnson's sneak on 4th down earned the Wildcats their first earned 1st down of the game at the WC 38. The next Johnson run was stopped for no gain by Adam Krien. Tyson Poling dropped David Korbe after a gain of 6 going right. On third down, Johnson followed the Wildcats 294 pound center, senior Josh Daily, up the middle for another 1st down. The Wildcats had advanced to the St. Francis 28 yard line. Johnson's next run was halted by Jayce Nider after a 2-yard gain. Korbe added two more before another Poling tackle. On 3rd down, Johnson ran the right side earning 4 and setting up a 4th-&-2 situation with 1:59 left in the first period.. Wallace County used a time-out to discuss strategy. The play-action pass attempt fell incomplete with Connor Keller providing good coverage.

St. Francis took possession at their own 20 yard line. After a penalty on first down, the Indians earned 10 yards on a run by Jordan Raby around the right end. Adam Krien then banged up the middle for a first down at the 30 yard line. Raby's run over the right side side gained good yardage, but another penalty (holding) on the Indians nullified the play. On 1st-&-20, Raby sprinted for 15 yards over the right side, and then gained 5 more on the next play. On 3rd and short, Landon Johnson (122 lb. So.) stopped Krien for a loss ending the 1st quarter. A 4th down run by Raby earned the Indians another set of downs at the WC 15 yard line. Raby then ran for 9 yards. On second down, the Indians fumbled the football, but Colton Neitzel recovered. The miscue set up a 3rd-&-6 situation where St. Francis called time-out. After the discussion, the Indians were called for illegal procedure creating 3rd-&-11. Krien powered for five yards up the middle, and Raby then earned a first down at the 2 yard line. Brady Dinkel scored a touchdown on the next snap. Krien's conversion run was stopped short. With 10:05 left in the second period, St. Francis led 12-0.

Landon Johnson returned the St. Francis kick-off to the 23 yard line. On the next play, St. Francis was called for a personal foul (late hit out-of-bounds) advancing the Wildcats to the 33 yard line. Consecutive carries by Korbe earned five yards. Luke Johnson then tried the middle of the defense where he was stopped by Tiernan Poling for a 1-yard gain. The Wildcats' 4th-down pass from Johnson to Cody Seader (176 lb. Jr.) fell incomplete.

St. Francis took possession at their own 36 yard line. A hard run by Jordan Raby netted five yards before Brady Dinkel rounded the left end for a first down at the WC 33. Dinkel then banged for 8 yards over the left side before gaining another 1st down going up the middle. The Indians were now on the WC 24 yard line. A procedure penalty dropped the Indians back five yards, but Raby gained 8 on the next play. The Wildcats' defense stiffened, and Adam Krien was stopped for no gained on second down. Raby lost three on the next play after a good defensive play by the Wildcats' Cody Seader. St. Francis called time-out at 3:56 facing 4th-&-10. A pass from Dinkel to Richard Johnson was well-defended in the end zone, and the ball fell incomplete.

Wallace County took possession on their own 24. A run by Johnson around the left end was stopped by Conner Keller for a three-yard gain. Needing to score, the Wildcats then went to the air. A pass from Johnson to Seader in the right flat earned a first down at the 37. Korbe then banged up the middle twice earning a first down at the St. Francis 34. After a run of 1 yard, Johnson found Seader again in the right flat where Tiernan Poling made another good stop. On the play, WC was called for offensive pass interference, and the ball was moved back setting up 2nd-&-24. A WC false start did not help, and soon the Wildcats faced 2nd-&-29. After an incomplete pass, Johnson was sacked by Krien. After a St. Francis time-out at 1:10, Esteban Rodgiquez (207 Sr.) punted the ball away.

St. Francis took possession on the 28 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, Jordan Raby sprinted 52 yards for an Indian touchdown. Brady DInkel ran up the middle for the conversion points. St. Francis led 20-0 with 59 seconds left in the half.

Landon Johnson returned the kick-off to the WC 13 yard line before being tackled by Tiernan Poling. On first down, the Wildcats fumbled. On second down, Luke Johnson ran up the middle gaining one yard before the half expired. St. Francis led 20-0 at halftime.

The Wildcats' kick-off was a good one resulting in a touchback. On the first play of second half, Jordan Raby ran to the Indians' 29 for a first down. Raby gained good yardage on the next play, but an illegal blocking penalty erased the effort. Raby then ran to the WC 39 on the ensuing play. Connor Keller sprinted for 19 yards over the left side on the following play. Raby earned 16 more around the right end on the next play; moving the football to the 4 yard line. Adam Krien tried the right side, scoring a touchdown with 10:28 left in the third period. The conversion points were earned by Krien's strong run after being hit hard near the goal line. The Indians now led 28-0

Johnson was stopped on the kick return at the WC 18 yard line where he was tackled by Tiernan Poling and Kobe Tice. Four plays later, the Wildcats punted the ball away.

Dinkel returned the punt to the WC 18 yard line, but an illegal block set the Indians back. Another SF penalty on the next play, moved the ball all the way back to the Indians' 9 yard line. Jordan Raby ran the right side gaining 5 yards, but the game was delayed with 7:14 remaining in the third period due to lightning in the area. After a 30-minute delay, and a loss of one bank of lights (probably due to lightning), the game was pronounced complete by an agreement of school officials. St. Francis defeated Wallace County 28-0.

The Indians will play Greeley County in Tribune on Friday, September 7.

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