Rebels nip Tell City

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By Mike Sprague

TELL CITY—Penalties hurt Tell City as South Spencer edged the Marksmen 14-13 in PAC football Friday.

South Spencer Coach Jason Fischer said, “The better team lost. We were not ready to play tonight.
“We knew it was going to be a game. I was disappointed with our play.”
Tell City had a 57-yard touchdown run by Nick Kleaving called back by a holding penalty with 5:57 left in the game.
After that, the Marksmen turned the ball over on downs and South Spencer ran out the clock.
Tell City Coach Travis Atwell said, “The holding call on the Kleaving play . . . probably was a hold, but we thought the play was past where it happened and it gave no one an advantage.”
Big plays by Kleaving did count earlier to help the Marksmen build a 13-0 lead.
On South Spencer’s second possession Kleaving intercepted a Zeke Harmon pass and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown.
Atwell said, “That play gave us the momentum. We talked about not coming out flat.”
After a South Spencer punt, Tell City’s Trent Gunn had a 35 yard run called back for a face-mask penalty. Seven plays later they were forced to punt.
After a South Spencer punt, Kleaving ran around the right end for a 63-yard touchdown with 9:34 left in the second quarter.
Atwell said, “On that play it was a counter, where the quarterback fakes to the running back. We had a lineman pull to the right. Nick played his butt off tonight.”
However, the extra point was no good.
Kleaving carried the ball 15 times for 107 of the team’s 167 yards. He completed two passes for another 15 yards.
South Spencer’s next possession started on its 38. Denver Burden ran 30 yards to the Tell City 32 and two plays later caught a 29-yardpass from Harmon.
Three plays later Burden ran 1 yard for the touchdown.
After a Marksman punt, South Spencer took over at its 37-yard line with 4:42 left in the first half. Two Tell City pass-interference penalties helped the Rebels drive to the Tell City 1-yard line, but they fumbled there and Ryan Dooley recovered it for Tell City.
Tell City was forced to punt from its 3-yard line, though. Jared Lauer returned the punt 15 yards to the Marksmen 20.
Harmon completed a 15-yard pass to Lauer. Three plays later Harmon ran a quarterback sneak for a 1-yard touchdown.
Cole Woodburn made both his extra-point kicks, so South Spencer led 14-13 with 0:47 left in the first half.
In the second half South Spencer ran the no-huddle offense to try to change the tempo. Fischer said, “We originally went to the no huddle to prevent substitutions and cause the defense to speed up their thinking.”
Harmon led South Spencer in rushing with 91 yards on 12 carries.
Tell City fell to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the PAC. South Spencer improved to 2-1 overall and in the PAC.
Tell City will host Pike Central Friday at 6:30 p.m.