It was an absolutely gorgeous evening when the Indians took the field against the Clyde Bulldogs in Clyde last Friday night. When the final whistle blew, it was the Indians on top by a score of 27-20. As always, however, there was a lot of hard-hitting football played in between the whistles.
The first quarter belonged to the defense on both teams as both Os were held scoreless until the Bulldoggs drew first blood with 1:17 remaining after a penalty ridden Indians finally allowed Clyde to hit pay dirt from the 2. The Dogs’ 2-point conversion failed, but yet another Indian penalty allowed the chance for a PAT attempt, which failed, leaving the score at 6-0.
Thank goodness for Westin Conine who recovered a fumbled kickoff, and the Indians were back on O! Just as the quarter ended it was Cash Mankin making a LONG run to about the 12 yeard line. The 1st play of the 2nd quarter sent Wyatt Mankin into the end zone fom the 12. #2 Briseno put it through the uprights, and suddenly it was the Indians who were up by a score of 7-6.
Clyde couldn’t do a lot on its next series, but the punter got off a great kick fielded by the Indians on their own goal line. After 3 failed attempts to get the ball out of the danger zone, #65 Lombrana was called to punt from his own end zone, landing the ball on the Indians 38. It was a great punt but left the Bulldogs in good field position, with 9:18 left in the 2nd quarter.
With 8:37 left, a Spears to Eubanks pass put the Bulldogs back ahead with a score of 12-7. The 2-point conversion failed due in part to the great D of Mason Lorta, and the score remained 12-7.
It was Payton Nance who made the first 1st down of the next series on a quarterback keeper. It was a heroic effort on the part of Nance, who looked to be down in the backfield long before the scramble.
With 7:19 to go in the half, the Bulldogs snatched an Indian fumble, Indians receiving a totally unnecessary unsportsman like conduct penalty, and the Dogs began their drive from the 36 yard line after the penalty, leaving us all wondering if it would be the conduct penalty that would cost us the game.
Clyde came out throwing and it was #4 Garcia and #8 Wright doing a great job of breaking up a pass in the end zone and saving the bacon for the Indians. Indians continued to hold, and the ball went over on downs, with Comanche taking possession from about their 35 yard line with 6:12 remaining in the half.
Indians came out slinging, with Nance completing a long pass to #6 Bill in Bulldog territory. Mason Lorta picked up the next first down on a run from scrimmage, setting up a Cash Mankin TD from about the 9, and the Indians were on top once again. Nance ran it in for the 2-point conversion, and with 3:44 left in the half, the score was 15-12 Indians.
And it was 7 on 7 as Clyde did its best to counter, sending #7 Mauldin scampering toward the goal line. Were it not for the quick action of Comanche’s own #7 Nance, Clyde would have regained the lead. It was Mauldin again on the next play, taking the ball to about the 12 yard line
With 2:35, Spears dropped back, sending a pass across the field toward the end zone, broken up by Payton Nance. Spears ran the same play to the opposite side of the field, broken up by #30 Dillon Thedford, saving Comanche’s lead once again. Great defense! Then, an illegal block against the Indians brought the ball up to about the 6.
Spears hit Eubanks on the next play, but this time the ball was brought back on a Dog penalty, with 2:24 left in what had to be the longest half in the history of football!
It was Comanche’s #11 McCullough breaking up the next Spears’ pass, and then Spears on a keeper, TD saved by #55 Gomez. Then Spears connected with Eubanks on about the 3, the TD saved only by the hard hitting of #8 Wright.
The goal line stand of the Indians D, with big help from Wright and #62 Cutler, and the ball went over on downs, with the D doing an outstanding job of containing a very good Clyde O.
With backs against the wall, the entire offensive line did an excellent job of shoving their running backs forward, away from the goal line while helping Wyatt Mankin gain a very needed first down. Then, with 21 seconds left in the half, Nance took a knee, happy to be going into the dressing room ahead of the Buldogs by a score of 15-12.
As we all expected, it was a fired up Clyde team who took the field after the half, and it wasn’t long before Spears carried around the end for the touchdown. Eubanks took it in for the 2, and Clyde led 20-15.
With 7:40 left in the 3rd, it was Mankin making a long run down to about the 16, and then Cash Mankin carried to about the 7. And with 6:34 remaining, #44 Lorta blast across the goal line. 2-point conversion failed and the Indians were up 21-20, that score remaining throughout the 3rd.
Indians and Dogs traded fumbles early in the 4th, but outstanding D held both teams out of the end zone until Lorta scored with 2:41 left in the game. A fumbled snap on the PAT, and the final score had the Indians on top by 27-20.
And before we leave this one in the history books, I want to close by saying that there are MANY whose names you don’t see here today, the play makers who open the holes, who take the hits every single play of the game, and who pressure quarterbacks enough to ruin their game. If I were handing out MVP awards for this one, those would go to the Comanche lines on both sides of the ball. Both did an outstanding j