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Redskins look to mold Potters into 2nd win

August 30, 2012
By FRED YOUNCE - Sports writer ( , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - If the Indian Creek Redskins looks anything in Week 2 like they did in Week 1 then East Liverpool is going to be in for a long Friday night at Kettlewell Stadium when the ball is booted at 7 p.m.

The Redskins scored 40 unanswered points to begin their game with Weir High and cruised to a 52-12 win. Head coach Andrew Connor couldn't have been more proud of his squad.

"I think it was important for us," said Connor. "You always want to get off to a good start. Really good effort when it came to the attitude we took the field with.

"I'm especially proud of how hard we played."

One thing Connor would like to see Friday is for his first-year starter at quarterback to attempt more passes than the six he threw versus the Red Riders. Though he had no issues with his team rushing for 406 yards.

"We'd like to throw more," said Connor. "Alex broke a couple plays, and one of those was a called pass play.

"We'll take what the defense gives us. Alex will continue to mature as he gets more experience."

Young was a human highlight reel for the Redskins rushing for two touchdowns, including a 56 yarder, and returning a punt 80 yards for a score. He also had an interception return for a score on defense that was called back due to a penalty.

The rushing attack saw Tran Huynh run for 126 yards, Blake Roar for 80 yards, and Logan Woods for 79 yards. This ability to use multiple weapons is a benefit to Connor, but is also a compliment to his offensive line.

"It's two-fold," he said. "We have a lot of backs who can carry the ball, but it's also showed the development and maturing of the offensive line.

"We have guys back who started at times, but none except Jake Mamula started 10 games. We had some big holes to run through."

The defense also showed toughness against Weir as the Red Riders were only able to find a pair of third quarter scores when the game was well in hand for Indian Creek.

"I thought we got to the football," said Connor. "In an opening game, not to be pushed around is big. You want to make sure you have good tackling, and we did.

"We had enough kids getting to the ball to make sure we brought the ball carrier down. It was a great team effort."

In the Potters, Connor expects to see a group that will try to grind things out against his defense.

"They're a wing-t offense," he said. "They're going to run the tailback on counters and the fullback off tackle. They'll also run the quarterback on bootlegs.

"The QB is a good athlete. They will try to run the ball against us."

Defensively Connor believes the three touchdowns the Potters gave up to Beaver Local in a 21-0 are misleading.

"I think they have good quickness and they're big and physical," said Connor. "The three touchdowns they gave up is deceiving. Their offense definitely put them in some bad spots."