The Clopton-Elsberry IndianHawks opened the season on the road Friday night under some very tough conditions.
Heavy rain, lightning and a muddy field along with the Duchesne Pioneers gave the IndianHawks a season opener 20-7 loss.
“The conditions were terrible,” said new head coach Butch Wolanski. “But both teams had to deal with it.”
The game scheduled for 7 p.m. was delayed due to lightning. It finally got underway roughly 40 minutes later.
The Pioneers struck early scoring 13 points in the first half.
With the non-stop rain, it was a difficult night to move the ball through the air. Senior Quarterback Shawn Yates was able to complete 8 of his 18 attempts for only 56 yards on the night.
Keeping a hold of the ball also was difficult as the IndianHawks had three fumbles lost.
A bright spot was the running game for the IndianHawks as they scampered for 137 yards on the ground. Yates led the way with 76 yards and first year Senior Jake Rimel added 42 yards and scored his first and only IndianHawk TD of the night.
“Offensively we just need to execute better,” said Wolanski. “Defensively we played a very sound football game.”
Senior Kyle Martin (11) and Junior Zakk Eivins (10) led the team with tackles on defense. Junior Eddie Bonstell had a interception and Martin recovered a fumble.
Despite the score, the Pioneers weren’t the dominate, they did however, take advantage of mistakes.
“Overall, I’m proud of the way we competed for four quarters,” said Wolanski. “We were in it the entire way.”
The IndianHawks home opener will be Friday night against Missouri Miliary Academy. Kick-off will be at 7 p.m.