DEWITT—For the second week in a row the Camanche Indians started slow out of the gates, but this time it was too much. The Sabers used their first half to dominate the Indians, and ultimately took the Friday night matchup 41-21.

“That’s the exact same thing we had last week,” Camanche coach Dustin Coit said after the game. The Indians fell behind to North Cedar in Week 3, but ended up pulling away to take the game 26-24. “We put some drives together, put some plays together then we would have a false start or a hold. Against quality opponents you can’t afford to do that, and DeWitt definitely took advantage of that.”

Although the Indians held the Sabers for the first drives of the game, Drew Kueter tossed it off to Zach Hinkle for a touchdown with three minutes remaining in the first.

Hinkle would score two more in the first half, while the Sabers jumped to a 27-0 lead. The Indians struggled to get anything through.

“We had some problems with them up front moving the 350 nose guard a little bit,” Coit said. “But we were able to do some stuff even with their size.”

The Indian defense kept the Sabers from expanding that lead in the third quarter. Coit was especially impressed with their containment of Easton Necker, who had 731 rushing yards heading into Friday night’s game.

“I thought we did a really good job on him pretty much the whole game,” Coit said. “He had two long break aways on our second string, but our first string we were awesome. We knew coming in, and I thought we did a good job.”

The Indians started to find some more holes in the fourth quarter, a lot of it coming on foot. Raul Esparza had a long punt return and Jordan Lawrence drove in another one with a minute left to play.

“We just kept battling,” Coit said. “We got off slow then shot ourselves. We didn’t have as many penalties in the sec on half so we were able to sustain drives. We ran a lot more, established the run a little bit. We can’t afford slow starts like that against good teams.”

Heading into Week 5 of the season, teams are gearing up to open up district play. With the winner of each district automatically heading into the playoffs, play becomes crucial.

The Indians are heading into next week with a .500 record, the best start for a Camanche football team since 2011. Coit is looking forward to seeing what his team can do.

“We played really well the first four games I think,” Coit said. “I told them in the huddle district play starts next week. We have to clean a lot of stuff up in practice, we have to prepare better than we did this week.”

Central DeWitt improves to 3-1 on the season and will stay at home to open up district play with a game against North Scott for Week 5. Camanche evens up to 2-2 and will stay on the road, traveling to Tipton next Friday.