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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Tigers return home for showdown with Clark County

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  • Prior to their 2012 meeting, the Macon Tigers had a dominant streak against the Clark County Indians, beating them twice in the playoffs, once at Hugh Dunn Field, and one more in Kahoka during their Homecoming festivities.
    Then, in 2012, the Indians came out fast against the Tigers, ending their win streak against them with a 42-21 win.
    Since then, the Indians have graduated several pieces from their State quarterfinal team in 2012, including quarterback Austin Egley and runner Lincoln Jones.
    The high point of the 2012 season for the Indians was, of course, being the first team to take down the Centralia Panthers in the regular season and bringing a CCC crown to Kahoka.
    This season, Clark County has a new coach at the helm, in the form of Scott Murdock, who was an assistant last season under Quentin Hamner.
    Murdock, who served as the team's offensive coordinator for the past two seasons, will have only four letterman returning from last year's squad.
    There will be plenty of newcomers for the Indians this season, and they must be ready to fill in those open spots.
    Tyler Brammer (6' 4", 210 lb. SR) will be an offensive tackle and defensive end this year. Cole Birky (5' 11", 215 lb. JR) will see time as a running back and at linebacker.
    Derick Hamner (6' 1", 210 lb. JR) will be an offensive guard and tackle. Derreck Fowler (5' 9", 160 lb. JR) will be a receiver and cornerback for Clark County.
    The Indians, which will run the spread offense and pistol, have four returning starters from 2012.
    Some of the key players back for 2013 include: Jayvin Ray (6' 0" 195 lb. SR) will be the new quarterback for Clark County; Jacob Trump (6' 2", 195 lb. JR) as a receiver; and Philip Mason (6' 3", 250 lb. SR) will be on the line.
    Defensively, the Indians will line up in multiple formations. Trump will be at linebacker along with his receiving duties, and Mason will be on the defensive line.
    Back in week one of this season, the Indians faced off against the Monroe City Panthers in Kahoka, and came away with a hard-fought 41-25 win.
    In week two, Clark County traveled south to Louisiana to take on the Bulldogs, and left town with a 35-point win, 40-15.
    Week three saw the Indians playing host to the Highland Cougars. Clark allowed the Cougars to hang around for awhile, but eventually pulled away for a 32-13 win.
    After playing in Macon in week four, the Indians will play host to the Mark Twain Tigers in week five.
    Week six has Clark on the road against the tough Palmyra Panthers.
    Weeks seven and eight are back-to-back home games against Centralia and South Shelby, before ending the regular season on the road at Brookfield.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Macon Tigers won the last time Clark County came to town. Let's hope history repeats itself!
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