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Indians hold on for the win to snap Mules' BDC streak

  • Corbin Hickey halls in a Heath Neibch pass to put the Indians on the board.

    Corbin Hickey halls in a Heath Neibch pass to put the Indians on the board.
    Tony Kendrick photo

  • Keaton Fort takes to the air to haul this pass.

    Keaton Fort takes to the air to haul this pass.
    Tony Kendrick photo

 
BY HOLLY KEE
hkee@localsouthernnews.com
Posted on 9/14/2021, 4:11 PM

JOHNSTON CITY -- The Fairfield Mules had not lost a football game since 2016 and it appeared they were on the way to win #38 Friday night when Noah Barger returned the opening kickoff at Johnston City, running 78 yards to put the Mules on the board.

But the Indians were not about to give up that easily.

Senior quarterback Heath Neibch hit Corbin Hickey three minutes later with a pass in the back of the end zone. Kaden Dover split the irons on the kick, giving the Indians a 7-6 lead.

It was only two minutes later that Isiah Watson scampered into the end zone from 11 yards. Dover followed with another good kick and the Indians ended the first quarter up 14-6.

The Mules scored the only points of the second quarter on a 2-yard run by Konnor Dagg, but the Pat failed and the Mules still trailed, 14-12 at the half.

Wisconsin commit Austin Brown took the second half kickoff in from 85 yards to give the Indians a 20-12 lead.

Dagg scored on a 1-yard run following a 13-play drive and Jay Mohring ran in the PAT to tie up the game.

But Johnston City wasn't finished scoring yet.

With 0.8 seconds on the clock in the period, Neibch scored on a 4-yard keeper and then ran in the PAT to give the Indians a 28-20 lead going into the final period.

Mohring struck again for the Mules with a 38-yard touchdown run but the PAT failed at the Indians held on to give the Mules their first Black Diamond Conference loss since 2016.

"Unbelievable!" said Indians head coach Todd Thomas, still reeling from the excitement of the win.

Brown, who has committed to Wisconsin, was quick to give his teammates credit for the win.

"It's an 11-man game," he said. "One guy can't win it by himself."

Both teams are now 2-1.

Fairfield will travel to Flora on Friday while the Indians will host Hamilton County.

• Bruce Marso and Roger Kee contributed to this article.