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By Mark Requet
The South Shelby Cardinals traveled to Kahoka on Friday, September 22, and defeated Clark County 44-14, giving the Indians its first loss of the season.
The Cardinals elected to receive the opening kickoff and marched the ball methodically down the field, scoring on the ninth play of the drive. Kendal Hammond scored on a 19-yard touchdown run with 7:30 left in the first quarter. The two-point conversion was good and South Shelby led 8-0.
Clark County’s first possession resulted in a punt.
On its next possession, South Shelby was unable to convert on a fourth down and short, turning the ball over on downs to the Indians at the Clark County 39 yard line.
The Indians started to figure out its offense and moved the ball downfield, concluding the drive by a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, and the Cardinals led 8-6 with 42 seconds left in the first quarter.
The next possession for the Cardinals was about to be cut short, but a fake punt, in which Chance Rainey ran for seven yards, gave South Shelby new life at the Cardinals 41-yard line. Hammond took over the rest of the way, carrying the ball on three consecutive plays, eventually scoring on a seven-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed, and the Cardinals led 14-6 with 8:20 left in the second quarter.
South Shelby’s defense started to make its presence known on the next possession for the Indians. As the quarterback dropped back to pass, he was hit as he was throwing and the ball was intercepted as Cardinals took over on its own 43-yard line.
Once again, the Cardinals moved the ball down the field with the running game and scored on a four-yard touchdown run by Hammond. The two-point conversion run by Hammond was good and South Shelby’s lead was 22-6 with 3:46 left in the first half.
The Indians fumbled on the third play of its next series, giving the ball back to the Cardinals at Clark County 47 yard line.
On South Shelby’s third play of its next possession, Chase Moellering completed a long pass to Owen Stueve resulting in a 51-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion run by Hammond was good and the Cardinals led 30-6 with 1:17 left in the first half.
Clark County used the hurry-up offense to quickly move the ball downfield, completing several passes, culminating in a 15-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion was good and the South Shelby’s lead was 30-14 with 14 seconds left in the half.
Clark County opened the second half with the ball and ended up throwing an interception on the third play, giving South Shelby great field position at the Indians 22 yard line.
Hammond rushed 12 yards to the 10-yard line, but a penalty on the next play put the ball back at the 20-yard line. After two short gains on back-to-back run plays, Moellering completed a 17-yard pass to Hammond for a touchdown. The two-point conversion run by Hammond was good and South Shelby led 38-14 with 8:07 left in the third quarter.
Clark County took its next possession deep into Cardinal territory, but the drive ended on a turnover on downs at the 19-yard line.
The Cardinals quickly moved down the field. Hammond rushed for 19 yards, Wiseman followed with a 10-yard run, and Hammond then added another 12 yards on the ground. Wiseman took the next handoff and broke loose for a 39-yard run down to the one-yard line. On the very next play, Wiseman scored on a one-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed, and the Cardinals led 44-14 with 1:47 left in the third quarter.
There was no scoring in the fourth quarter. Clark County turned the ball over on downs twice, while the South Shelby offense fumbled twice in two of its three possessions.
“They hit us harder than anyone else has hit us all year long,” said South Shelby Coach Adam Gunterman. “That team is physical. We just bowed our backs, and we were physical right back and I was really proud of them.”
Hammond led the Cardinals in rushing with 194 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries. Wiseman added 115 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries.
Gunterman said he learned something about this team tonight.
“We’re not just an outside running team. We can pound the ball between the tackles,” stated Gunterman.
Moellering completed 5-of-7 passes for 84 yards, including two touchdowns.
Stueve had one catch for 51 yards and a touchdown. Hammond caught one pass for 17 yards for a touchdown.
“Defense was outstanding again. This defense flies around and tackles well,” added Gunterman. “One tipped pass away and a short field and we may hold that team scoreless but hats off to Coach (Ethan) Allen and those guys. He’s one of the best coaches around and he had his kids ready to play in that first quarter.”
The Cardinals, 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Clarence Cannon Conference, return home this Friday, September 29, to host the Highland Cougars for Homecoming beginning at 7 p.m.