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Hallsville history: Indians win first district football championship

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11:08 pm

They made school district history with a score of 40-27.

That happened Friday night in Hallsville, when the Hallsville High School football team beat the Christian High School Eagles 40-27 to win the Class II, District V  championship.

The Hallsville Indians football team with the school’s first district football championship plaque.

“I told you you could trump over adversity,” Justin Conyers, Hallsville head football coach told his players and fans during the post-game scrum after the hundreds of fans of Hallsville purple and gold flooded the football field for the championship plaque presentation. “They got physical, you got physical. It was time to get physical,

Jake Ashburn jumps and passes while evading an Eagle tackle.

we won the football game. Tonight we were the better team, we played as the better team. We played as a unit for four quarters and I can’t be prouder to give this plaque to you.”

Speed a smothering defense and a crushing, grinding ground game made the difference, or at least that is one way of interpreting Eagles’ Coach Dakota Conway’s take on the game.

“We weren’t able to stop their run,” Conway said. “When that happens, the clock runs and it starts wearing on the guys and takes its toll throughout the game. Our defense was on the field more than we planned. That definitely had something to do with it. They’re obviously a fantastic team and more than deserving of the championship. I’m really proud of my guys, they fought and they never gave up.”

Cooper Crane dives across the goal line for the game’s first touchdown

One example of that was the Eagles were down, 14-0 by 6: 43 in the first quarter and flew their passing plays back into the game to make it 14-7, with 3:03 left in the half to tie the score 14-14, a minute and 15 seconds into the second half.

“We had a couple chances in the second half,” Conway said. “We made some plays…

That Pick 6 was huge and put us in a good position… But that number 13, Mason Huskey is a good player – tough to bring down, and number 17, Cooper Crane, he was huge tonight… They’re a great team, they didn’t fold after the first hit and just kept on coming.”

Conyers agreed and called the win an outstanding achievement for the players, school and community. “Its outstanding for our kids, first off, and for the community. It’s just amazing, everybody was ecstatic after the game. The team has never been to a district championship football game in school history and to be able to get in it and win it, that means a lot to our school.”

When asked how the Indians fended off Christian’s passing game, he said: “The big thing was stopping the explosive play. Get down field and keep the ball in front. They still found a way to break lose a couple times,” Conyers said. “They’re really electric on offense, their quarterback is really skilled and their wide receivers are outstanding… The big thing for us is that when it was time to make a play, our guys came up and made a play.”

It was not always easy. Mason Huskey flies after Christian’s Adrian Taylor.

Hallsville plays 11-1 Clark County, who beat Palmyra 30-26, on 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23 for the sectional championship and the right to compete in the final four.

For the full article and more photos, see the November 20 edition of the Centralia Firside Guard.