The ride is over but the history had been made.
In their first foray into the state high school football contest’s elite eight, after winning the district championship against Christian High School last weekend, the Hallsville Indians football team lost to the Clark County Indians, 22-7, Saturday afternoon at the HHS football field.
Their 1-3 season ended with a game closer than indicated by the score.
Though Clark County scored six in the first, brought it up to 14-0 by halftime and 22-0 by the end of the third, nobody said it was easy.
So when Mason Huskey took Hallsville quarterback Jake Ashburn’s handoff in the fourth quarter, faked east, bolted west, hip-checked one Clark County tackler, then stiff-armed another then slanted north up the middle for an 18-yard touchdown run, nobody, not even Clark County fans were surprised.
Though Hallsville fans would have liked have seen it sooner than the last eight minutes of the game.
Brayden Stenger’s successful extra point kick made it 7 for Hallsville and ensured their last game of their historic 12-3 season was not a shutout.
“That run was a crazy,” Ashburn told the Fireside Guard afterward. “Our coaches had put together different game plans and we started blocking differently. We started passing, making completions, moving the ball down the field good and it felt good to score. I wish we would have done it earlier.”
Huskey’s memory of the moment is simple in clear. When asked when he knew the goal line was his, he said, “When I got the toss, I could see the grass, the end zone and that big open area to run through.”
For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard