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Area football roundup: Clarke and Murray both fall big

Central Decatur defeats Clarke handily

Central Decatur 47, Clarke 6

Progress came for the Clarke Indians football team offensively in week two, but still occured late in a big loss, this time at home to foe Central Decatur Friday in a 47-6 loss.

Clarke worked its way to 196 offensive yards, as Jon Bair led all Indians with 77 rushing yards and the team’s lone touchdown.

Conner Deutsch added 46 rushing yards.

“More than doubled our offensive output from last week,” Clarke coach Duane Matthess said. “I know sometimes its hard to see... I think it’s only a matter of time until we start clicking on some things, we’ve just ran into some better teams.”

Coel Reece tallied an interception defensively and Fani Fry picked up a fumble recovery, and Bair led the defense with eight tackles.

Amani Fry had seven tackles, including one for a loss.

Carter Boothe was 10 of 19passing for 145 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Cardinals, ran for 78 yards and two touchdowns, and intercepted a pass defensively.

“Carter was hard to contain,” Matthess said. “We knew going in we had to stop the big play. Defensively I thought we were pretty physical.”

Turnovers greatly plagued the Indians; they committed seven in all, with four fumbles and three interceptions.

Kolten Johnson caught Boothe’s touchdown pass, and had two receptions for 42 yards.

Tyke Walker had a big night for CD defensively with 11.5 tackles, three tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. Cole Pedersen also tallied an interception.

Melcher-Dallas 68 Murray 8

MELCHER-DALLAS — For the third week, Murray football gave up 60-plus points, this time in a 68-6 road loss at Melcher-Dallas Friday.

A first quarter connection between Reece Held and Josh Webb on a 67-yard deep ball for a score represented Murray’s lone score of the night.

“We ran a stop and go route and got lucky got behind their defense and Reece made a great play for us,” Murray coach Taylor Fulton said.

Webb ran for 20 yards and the Mustangs were led by Jeran Cosner’s 26 on the ground on six carries.

Webb led the team with six tackles, and Andrew Barber added 5.5, including a solo tackle for a loss.

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