Team of the Week: Clearwater Indians

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Clearwater traveled to Hesston for their first round match up. Both teams began the postseason a combined 13-3.

"We talked to the guys all week long about how this is going to be the type of game, it could be a one possession game and it could be one or two plays that are really going to make the difference in the game," said head coach Jeremy Scheufler

The Indians and Swathers traded scores in the first half but it was Clearwater who went to the locker room with the momentum.

"Right before the second half our defense, we let up a long touchdown on them and we didn’t let that get to us," quarterback Tanner Cash told KAKE. "We just came back down with about 38 seconds left and we got a touchdown drive off of it right before half time."

Behind another stellar game from Cash, the Indians jumped out to a two touchdown advantage with 9:53 to play in the game.

"When the game gets on the line he’s just like ‘Coach I want to run the ball. I want to run the ball’, Scheufler said. "Especially in the fourth quarter times that’s when he really picks it up."

Hesston would draw to within 7, but a late defensive stand by Clearwater would help give the Indians a hard fought 35-28 victory.

"We kind of switched it up a little bit. We were bringing a lot of pressure and playing a lot of man. We dropped back and played nothing but zone and only blitzed three," Scheufler explained. 

Clearwater faces undefeated Andale this Friday. The Indians believe their win over Hesston makes them a dangerous team the rest of the way.

"We haven’t won a playoff game in about 5 years here," Scheufler said. "You can’t say enough about their kids. Their kids played hard. I mean they got down by 14 points and they put a big drive together and made some plays." 

"It just means so much to our school and community as a whole," Cash said. "I’m just so happy. I can’t really put it into words right now. I’m just so happy for everyone."