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It was a sluggish first half of high school district action Sept. 24, as the Red Devils visited Keystone Heights and won 26-13. Both teams’ defenses and turnovers controlled the first half of action.
The Indians got on the board early in the first quarter on a nifty 48-yard run to take a 6-0 lead as the extra point kick went wide right.
The Red Devils, following Orvil Stone’s first of two interceptions turned the game around early in the second quarter as Brandon Preston galloped 22 yards to tie the score at 6-6. The Red Devils’ kick was also no good.
This was all the scoring in the first half, before the Red Devils opened up their offense, behind a hard-hitting defense to wear the Indians down at the end.
As the second half got under way, the Red Devils took the opening kick off and were forced to punt after a three and out.
The Red Devil defense stiffened and James Hunt put a tremendous hit on the Indians’ quarterback causing a fumble that was recovered by the Red Devils. The Red Devils moved the ball to the Indians 12-yard line where they turned the ball over on a fumble.
Two plays later Stone reeled in his second interception of the night with eight minutes remaining in the third quarter.
A hush fell over the Indians sideline at the 7:25 mark of the third quarter as Red Devil Desmond Holmes cut around right end for a 52-yard touchdown run. The extra point kick was tipped by the Indians and fell no good.
After another drive by the Indians was stalled by a hard-hitting Red Devil defense, Dontrell Edwards who had been playing outside linebacker on defense, moved to running back. With 1:07 remaining on the third quarter clock, Edwards slipped through the Indians line and out ran the Indians secondary for a spectacular 80-yard touchdown run. This time the extra point kick was good, and the Red Devils took a 20-6 lead into the fourth and final quarter.
Midway through the fourth quarter the Red Devils were driving again following a one handed leaping pass catch by David Heinkle. As Heinkle hit the ground the ball popped out and the Indians recovered. Two plays later the Indians fumbled the ball back to the Red Devils with 6:14 left in the game.
The Red Devils moved the ball and fumbled on a second and five at the Indians 20-yard line.
Following two completed passes that crossed midfield, the Indians scored their second touchdown of the night with 4:49 left in the game. The extra point kick was good and the Red Devils saw their lead cut to 20-13.
The Indians lined up for an on side kick, but Stone caught the ball in the air and returned it to the Indians 44 yard line.
After two running plays had gained little yardage for the Red Devils, Edwards again took the hand-off and streaked untouched for a 43 yard touchdown run lifting the Red Devils to a 26-13 lead following another missed extra point try, with just over three minutes remaining.
The Red Devils held the Indians and took over on downs with a mere 57 seconds remaining in the game.
Head Coach Jamie Baker congratulated his team following their opening season district win. Then Baker said, “This is certainly not the best district team you will play this season, and they ran the ball well and passed the ball well against us. We still have a lot of work to do at several key positions.” “It’s going to take a lot of hard work as the season goes on. We have to get better.”
The 3-1 Red Devils will host Lake Highland Prep Friday, Oct.1, with a 7 p.m. start time.
This is a non-district game.