CENTRALIA, Mo. — The Clark County Indians did something Friday no team had done since 2005 — defeat Centralia in a regular season football game.
Austin Egley completed the go-ahead touchdown to Lincoln Jones in the fourth quarter and Clark County held on for a 20-15 win in the Clarence Cannon Conference contest, ending Centralia’s streak of 70 straight regular season victories.
Clark County, ranked third in Class 2, overcame consecutive 15-yard penalties to take a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Egley got the Indians out of trouble with a 43-yard run, and Jacob Trump scored on an 11-yard run.
The Indians took a 12-0 lead in the third quarter when Egley scored on a 45-yard touchdown run, but Centralia, ranked fifth in Class 3, battled back.
Cullen Ralphs broke through the Clark County defense for a 47-yard run, and Zach Etzler completed a nine-yard touchdown pass to Dixon Dollens to cut the deficit to 12-7 with 5:33 left in the third quarter. Less than three minutes later, Etzler completed a 14-yard yard touchdown pass to Dollens. Austin Kinkead added a two-point conversion for a 15-12 lead.
Centralia, however, could not hold the lead. Egley ran for two first downs before using a play-action pass to find Jones open over the middle for the touchdown. Egley added the two-point conversion to reclaim the lead.
Aaron Six intercepted an Etzler pass to give Clark County the ball back, and the Indians ran out the clock to end the game.
Clark County rushed for 298 yards in the game.
The win gives Clark County sole possession of first place in the conference. The Indians, 7-0 overall and 7-0 in the conference, plays at South Shelby Friday. South Shelby improved to 4-3 with a 32-0 win over Highland.
Centralia falls to 6-1 overall and 6-1 in the conference. The Panthers host Louisiana Friday.