Another close game eludes the Chickasaws

Called-back touchdown proves costly as New Hampton falls to Independence, 12-7

Go back two months and tell Carter Ferrie and his New Hampton football teammates that they would finish 2-5, and trust us, they would have laughed you back into your time machine.

“I don’t care what anyone says, we’re still a good football team,” the senior running back and linebacker said after Independence beat the Chickasaws 12-7 Friday night to leave New Hampton with a 2-5 overall record and 1-4 Class 2A, District 4 mark. “It feels like if something bad can happen, no matter how small a chance, it will happen to us.”

Take that loss to Indee, which improved to 4-1 and earned a home “pod” for the postseason, for example.

Yes, the Mustangs held a huge 390-159 advantage in total yards, but New Hampton was a holding call — Chickasaw fans believe it was a phantom call — away from taking a 14-0 lead early in the first half.

And then there was that third-and-11 play Independence faced late in the game. A stop there and the Chickasaws would get the ball back with good field position; instead, despite great pressure from New Hampton’s Jacob Burgart and solid pass defense from Ryan Pickar, Mustangs’ quarterback Mitchell Johnson completed a 16-yard pass to Jake Sidles.

- For more on this story, see the Oct. 13 Tribune


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