The Indians did what they had to do Friday to earn a slice of the Greater Metro Conference title, but it wasn't meant to be.
The Indians blanked the Brookfield Central Lancers 14-0 to finish the year 6-1 in conference play and 7-1 overall.
The Indians needed some help from an unlikely ally in the Sussex Hamilton Chargers in order to grab a share of the title. However, Brookfield East pulled out a win against Sussex 14-13 in overtime and remained undefeated to capture sole possesion of the Greater Metro crown. Had the Chargers won, it would have forced a three-way tie for first place. Regardless, Falls sent the fans home happy on Homecoming night.
Falls running back Cole Hernikl scored the first points of the game on a 7-yard rush. The Indians relied heavily on their quarterback Adam Vechart for most of their yards on the ground in the first half. He rushed for a touchdown on a keeper with 1:53 remaining in the second. The score was set up after the Lancers fumbled and Indians defensive lineman DeShawn Pullen recovered it on the Lancer 11 yard line.
After the ensuing kick off, Lancer quarterback Jack Knetter threw an interception to Falls defensive back Mike VanAlstyne on the team’s first play from scrimmage. and The Indians looked to deal the lancers a crushing blow with 18 second remaining in the half, but Lancer defensive back Terry Wallen returned the favor and intercepted Adam Vechart’s pass in the end zone.
The teams locked horns and remained scoreless after turnover-laden second half. Both defenses also stiffened and kept each other out of the end zone.
Q1, 12:00: Lancers receive the opening kick, ball goes out of bounds. Lancers take over at their own 35.
Q1, 11:25: Lancers quarterback Jack Knetter completes his first two throws of the night. Lancers quickly into Falls territory on the Indians' 33 yard line.
Q1, 9:31: Lancers punt rolls to the Indians' 1 yard line. Falls takes over on their first drive.
Q1, 7:03: Falls driving. Now have a 1st and 10 on their own 28. Slow and methodical on a drive that started on the 1.
Q1, 5:32: Indians' Drive stalls and Anthony Russo punts to the Lancer 47 yard line.
Q1, 4:44: TURNOVER! Lancers fumble on an option by quarterback Jake Knetter. Indians' Brian Schmit recovers on the Indian 43 yard line.
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Q2, 11:11: TOUCHDOWN Indians' running back Cole Hernikl runs for a 7-yard score. Extra point is good. Indians 7 - Lancers 0
Q2, 8:56: Lancer drive stalls. Indians take over on a punt, and Indians quarterback Adam Vechart runs for 19 on a keeper. Down at the Lancer 47 yard line.
Q2, 6:25: A 20-yard pass from Indians quarterback Adam Vechart to leading wide out Justin Johnson is called back on a chop block. Ball moves back to the Lancer 44.
Q2, 3:57: After an incomplete pass from Lancer's quarterback Jack Knetter to Vantwon Melton, they are forced to punt. Indians take over at their 47 yard line
Q2, 1:59: TURNOVER! Lancer fumble is recovered by Falls' DeShawn Pullen on the Lancer 11 yard line.
Q2, 1:53: TOUCHDOWN! Indians quarterback Adam Vechart scores on the next play on a quarterback keeper. Extra point is good. Indians 14 - Lancers 0
Q2, 0:57: TURNOVER! Mike VanAlstyne picks off a pass from Jack Knetter. Indians take over at the Lancer 32.
Q2, 0:18: TURNOVER! Lancers' Terry Wallen intercepts an Adam Vechart pass in the end zone.
Q3, 11:50: Indians receive the kick to start the second half. They take over at their own 27 yard line.
Q3, 10:18: Three-and-out for Falls to start the second. Anthony Russo punts to Lancer 46 where it is fair caught.
Q3, 10:02: Lancer running back Marcus Crum carries the ball into Indian territory on a 19-yard rush. Ball at the Indian 35.
Q3, 6:03: Falls unable to convert a 3rd and 13 after Lancer defensive end Austin Vanark makes a great open field tackle on Cole Hernikl. Lancers take over at the Indian 47 yard line following a punt.
Q3, 2:20: TURNOVER! The Indians fumble and the Lancers recover at the Indian 48.
Q3, 0:44: After a Lancer punt, the Indians take over at their 36 yard line.
Q3, 0:12: TURNOVER! Falls' Adam Vechart fumbles on a quarterback keeper. The Lancers recover and take over at the Indian 44 yard line.
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Q4, 10:50: Lancers drive stalls. Punt bounces into the end zone and the Indians will take over at their 20 yard line.
Q4, 9:42: Indians drive stalls, Lancers take over on thier own 32 yard line.
Q4, 8:20: Lancers quarterback Jack Knetter completes a pass to Brandon Meyer for a gain of 35 yards to the Indians 35 yard line.
Q4, 6:55: TURNOVER! Falls Cole Hernikl intercepts Jack Knetter's 30-yard pass, which was attempted for Brandon Meyer. Indians take over at their 7 yard line.
Q4, 4:55: TURNOVER! Falls goes three-and-out and punts. Lancers quarterback Jack Knetter throws another interception to Matt Conrady. Falls takes over at its own 38.
Q4, 1:28: Falls content to work the clock. 3rd and 2 from their own 44 yard line.
Q4, 0:59: Adam Vechart keeps it for a 2-yard gain and first down. Vechart kneels in the victory formation and this one is over.
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