Now that the North Callaway varsity football team has bobbed and weaved its way into the Class 2, District 5, championship, head coach Kevin O'Neal and staff know its time to put all personal feelings aside and get down to nothing else but the business of winning.
Either way, Clark County, 8-4 overall, is going to be ready for the Thunderbird's this Saturday at 1 p.m. in the quarterfinals. While that has the potential to create a hard-fought, drama-filled playoff matchup, it also speaks to the fact both of these squads have the ability to pull away and then never look back.
That means the North Callaway's defense is going to have to step up and knock down any hope for victory the Indians might have both early and often. It also means the offense is going to have to find a way to make the circumstances work in its favor even though Clark County is sure to focus on Adam Reno this week like a bug zapper to a mosquito.
Coming into this contest after 12 weeks of competition the Thunderbird's are 11-1 overall and have won 11 in-a-row. The recipe for all this magic starts with avearges of almost 96 rushing yards and 271 passing yards per game with 80 touchdowns. The squad is clocking 62.5 tackles a contest with 23 sacks and 17 interceptions according to maxpreps.com, as well.
Even though that all bodes well for the road team, Clark County is currently on a seven-game win streak that began Sept. 22 with a 42-12 victory at Highland. More recently the Indians eliminated Palmyra from the postseason last Friday 26-16 after defeating Macon 28-18 on Oct. 27 and Bowling Green 54-8 on Oct. 20 to start the tournament. The team also blasted Louisiana 62-0 on Sept. 29, on Oct. 6 Clark County shutout South Shelby 19-0 and at Brookfield on Oct. 13 the squad won 26-0.
Another fact that's working in North Callaway's favor is that it's ranked 70th in the state and 2,732nd nationally compared to 99th in Missouri and 4,429th in the xcountry for the Indians. The leveling effect between these teams is that Clark County has the home field advantage, and while that has meant everything as of late, it meant nothing when the team fell to Monroe City 44-36 on Aug. 18 and Hamilton/Warsaw 32-26 on Sept. 8 to start the year 1-3 overall.
Tully Thomsen, 55-for-88, 1,141 yds, 19 TD, 4 int.
Adam Reno, 211 car., 2,003 yds, 31 TD
Jordan Delashmutt, 84 car., 702 yds, 13 TD
Mason Wortmann, 26 car., 204 yds, 3 TD
Dawson Wright, 12 rec., 359 yds, 8 TD
Austin Edwards, 19 rec., 307 yds, 4 TD
Jordan Delashmutt, 6 rec., 212 yds, 3 TD
Jordan Delashmutt, 129 tac., 28 TFL, 9.5 sacks, 2 int.
Tanner Pezold, 112 tac., 15 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 int.,
Austin Edwards, 101 tac., 10 TFL, 1 sack, 7 fumbles caused
Adam Reno, 17 punts, 582 yds; 4 kick returns, 133 yds; 4-for-5 PAT
Jordan Delashmutt, 2 punts, 48 yds; 4 kick returns, 63 yds, 1-for-6 PAT
Tully Thomsen, 36-for-49 PAT