Even with well over 20 players out from the Comanche Indians Football team, players still secured the victory over Healdton 34-12 to improve to 2-0 on the season.
While Friday nights are usually filled with football and fun, this football game was a little different. A large portion of the football team was missing, all cheerleaders were absent and about one-third of the band was too after numerous students from the high school were quarantined in the wake of COVID-19 previously.
During the game, defense proved to be the big key for the Indians early on as Lucas Gordon forced a fumble from Healdton with Tucker Oliver recovering and taking it back to the end zone for a touchdown.
Bryson Evans passed to Brady Dobbins to complete the two-point conversion to make it 8-0 in favor of Comanche with Healdton answering right back with a touchdown of their own.
Trying to convert their two-point conversion, it failed, putting Comanche up 8-6 before another big defense play happened a couple of minutes later for the Indians.
Sam Siebert caused a Healdton fumble with Noah Nichols picking it up and returning it for a touchdown with the two-point conversion failing and the Indians leading 14-6.
No points came in the second quarter of action as Comanche held the 14-6 lead with the Indians getting the next two scores in the second half of action.
Evans, with about four minutes left in the third quarter, decided to keep the ball on his own after taking the snap, running 53 yards to get the first offensive touchdown for the Indians in the game.
The kick after was good, putting the Indians up 21-6. The Indians started off the fourth quarter with another rushing touchdown, this time from Gage Allie.
Allie ran the ball in from four yards out with 10:57 left on the game clock. With the point after kick missing the mark, it put Comanche’s lead at 27-6 with Healdton getting one final score midway through the fourth.
With the lead at 15 points after the Healdton touchdown, the Indians got another big run from Evans, this time from 57 yards out to with 1:40 left in the game.
The extra point kick was good for the final margin of victory as the Indians picked up their second straight victory to start the 2020 season.
Having 226 total yards of offense with the majority of it being from the ground game, the Indians had a total of 214 rushing yards on 28 carries for an average 7.6 yards per gain.
Indians defense also caused five turnovers with four of them being fumbles and one interception while Healdton had a total of six fumbles recovering two of them on their own.