[PHOTO: Maikhail Miller starts to throw while two Golden Wave defenders break through the line. – photo by Lee Adams]
By LEE ADAMS
As the school year comes to a close, seniors are gearing up for next year in college and the IAHS Indian football team is gearing up for the fall season by hosting the Tupelo Golden Wave for their spring game.
It may have been just a spring game, but the atmosphere was as intense as a regular season game.
Both teams were playing hard from the beginning, and the defenses were in control for most of the first quarter.
The game was scoreless until Tupelo found the end zone with under three minutes left in the quarter.
The Golden Wave led 8-0 after the touchdown and a two point conversion, and the game moved into the second quarter.
Tupelo scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, but the Indians caught a break as two of the three were called back due to penalties against the Golden Wave.
The Indians trailed 16-0 at halftime, but their offense started showing life at the beginning of the third quarter.
Maikhail Miller completed two passes that moved the ball into the red zone.
Then the Indians put together a 77 yard drive that was capped off by a 6-yard Deshawn McGaughy touchdown run.
Miller ran the ball in for the two point conversion to cut the lead in half.
The Golden Wave still led 16-8, but McGaughy was hurting them from both sides of the ball. The Indians regained possession when McGaughy intercepted a Tupelo pass at the 42 yard line as the game headed into the fourth quarter.
The ensuing drive was short lived as Miller threw an interception in the end zone. Kevin Marks then stepped up and intercepted the Golden Wave’s pass on the ensuing drive, but a fumbled snap by Miller allowed the Golden Wave to regain possession.
Two plays into the ensuing drive, Tupelo scored on a 26-yard run.
The Indians trailed 24-8 but Asian Ruff returned the following kickoff 95 yards for an Indian touchdown.
The Indian defense stopped the Golden Wave on the ensuing drive and McGaughy broke a 49-yard touchdown run with under four minutes left in the game. The point after was blocked leaving the score at 24-20.
Tupelo ran out the clock on the ensuing drive capturing the 24-20 victory.
The Indians held their own with a tough Tupelo team and after a full summer of training and practice, they are only going to get better.