From the very first snap, it was clear that the Eldon-Hallsville matchup would be a wet one. However, the extent to which this would play a factor in the outcome may have been more of a surprise.
From the very first snap, it was clear that the Eldon-Hallsville matchup would be a wet one. However, the extent to which this would play a factor in the outcome may have been more of a surprise. Eldon would eventually go on to win 6-0.
Throughout the night, each team had a tough time keeping their hands on the ball and keeping it from falling to the turf. Each quarter saw its share of fumbles, some leading to turnovers. The first half of the matchup saw a double goose egg 0-0 score as neither team could get the air or running game going in any way.
It wasn’t until the third quarter that Eldon was able to make the only score from either team on an awkward touchdown. The team was given the ball within the enemy 20 yard line after a fumble recovery and were able to take it right up to within the five. However, the touchdown did not come easy. Running attempts were seemingly futile as the Indians defense made a strong stand. It wasn’t until another fumble was dropped by Eldon and recovered in the endzone that the null scores were diminished.
Hallsville did have multiple red zone drives, though on all occasions either lost the ball to a fumble or turned it over on downs. Fans coming for a feat of offense did not have much to stay for, and most of this was in part to the heavy and nonstop rain throughout the entire contest.
As the final two minutes approached, Eldon was able to secure a first down with Hallsville out of timeouts and run out the clock to move to 3-0 on the season.
After the victory, coach Chad Hult was happy that the team persevered and got the result they were working for. Hult says that, though it was an ugly win, the team will certainly take it. He says the team was used to the feeling of the wet field through practices and felt that they weren’t intimidated by the rain and the effect it had on the field. Down the road, Hult is sure that this narrow victory will be one that they will be glad turned out in their favor.
“We fought through adversity and were able to come out on top,” Hult said. “Every win is a big win, but to see the kids come together and push through was a great sign for us.”
Next week, Eldon will face off against Southern Boone in Ashland with the hope of achieving another victory and improving to 4-0.