WINTERSVILLE - It wasn't always pretty, but the Indian Creek Redskins fought off a game East Liverpool Potters squad to claim a 26-12 victory Friday at Kettlewell Memorial Stadium.
"Hats of to them," said Indian Creek head coach Andrew Connor. "They came down here and played a hard game. They are tough kids, a good coaching staff, and they got better.
"The good news for us is we sustained an awful lot of injuries tonight, and we plugged some kids in and they did the job.
HOME OPENER — Indian Creek’s Corey Goodrich gets tackled during the first half of the Redskins’ 26-12 victory over East Liverpool Friday night at Kettlewell Stadium.
"I think we got a gut check, and this team answered that gut check today."
With the Redskins leading 20-6 in the third quarter the visitors looked as though they'd swing momentum their way when defensive end Queyshawn Ellis recovered an Indian Creek fumble at the Redskins 22-yard line.
Two plays later Redskins' defensive back Blake Roar took momentum back for his team when he interception Potters' quarterback Kade Reynolds at the 2-yard line to end the threat.
Indian Creek 26, East Liverpool 12
East Liverpool 0 6 0 6 - 12
Indian Creek 6 14 6 0 - 26
IC: Young 45 punt return (Pass failed)
IC: Roar 2 run (Young kick)
IC: Woods 3 run (Young kick)
EL: English 14 pass from Reynolds
IC: Gribble 18 run (kick failed)
EL: Miscuk 1 run (kick blocked)
RUSHING: East Liverpool 32-72-1 (Miscuk 12-30-1, Yoho 9-21, Reynolds 8-23, Rickerd 3-(-2)); Indian Creek 47-266-3 (Woods 13-67-1, Huynh 9-92, Roar 9-52-1, Ludewig 4-8, Young 4-6, Gribble 3-43-1, Lawrence 3-3, Hinerman 1-0, Goodrich 1-(-5)).
PASSING: East Liverpool 5-18-54-1td-1x (All by Reynolds); Indian Creek 6-10-88-0-0 (Young 5-9-69-0-0, Lawrence 1-1-19-0-0).
RECEIVING: East Liverpool (English 2-28-1, Yoho 2-21, Austin 1-6); Indian Creek (Kamarec 4-44, Goodrich 1-25, Ludewig 1-19).
FIRST DOWNS: East Liverpool 8; Indian Creek 18.
PENALTIES: East Liverpool 12-95; Indian Creek 9-76.
FUMBLES: East Liverpool 0-0; Indian Creek 4-2.
"It is what it is," said East Liverpool head coach Rick Prescott. "You play the game and the ball doesn't always bounce your way. I'll tell you what, out kids played hard, and that's what I've asked of them right now."
The Redskins offense then went on a seven-play, 98-yard drive consisting of all run plays and piloted by freshman quarterback Mandella Lawrence, who entered the game when starter Alex Young left with bad cramping.
On the drive Logan Woods carried four times for 35 yards and Tran Huynh twice for 45 stripes. On the scoring play Darren Gribble took the ball at the 18, broke through three tacklers at the 14, and rumbled in for the score. The Redskins failed to get off the extra point, but the score read 26-6 and the Potters never threatened again.
"I thought when it came down to getting a drive when we needed it we got it, and when we needed stops we got them," said Connor. "That's what it takes. "I thought there was a maturity level tonight, and I think our kids understand what it's like to play high school football for 48 minutes because that's what they did tonight."
East Liverpool tacked on score with 1:51 left in the game when John Miscuk pushed in from about an inch out to make the score 26-12 after the point after was blocked.
"We've improved all the way around," said Prescott. "Our kids want to play a physical type of football, and we're learning how to do that.
"We're growing up right here on the field, and we're just going to keep working and keep getting better."
Creek recovered the ensuing onside kick to ensure no miraculous comeback.
Young started the night's scoring off with 2:23 left in the first quarter on a 45-yard punt return touchdown. The two-point conversion play came up short and Creek led 6-0. The return for a score was Young's second in as many games.
An 8-play, 47-yard voyage gave the Redskins a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. The big play of the drive was a Gribble 20-yard jaunt and the score came on a Roar 2-yard plunge. Young punched the ensuing P.A.T.through.
The lead increased on another 8-play drive, this one traveling 45 yards. On the drive Young hit Frankie Kamarec for a 14-yard gain, Roar had runs of 13 and 14 yards, and Woods ran for 12 yards to go with a 3-yard score. Young put through his second point after through for the 20-0 advantage.
East Liverpool picked up a score with the help of some special teams magic on the ensuing kickoff. Zack English made a big return, taking the ball to the Redskins' 13-yard line. On fourth and 11 from the 14, English finished his work on a touchdown grab from Reynolds. The extra point was no good and the score read 20-6 Redskins.
"The one thing I told our kids I never want some one to question about us is our toughness," said Connor. "I don't think anyone can question our toughness."
Huynh was the top Redskins ground gainer with 92 yards on 9 carries with Woods adding 13 touches for 67, Roar 9 for 52, and Gribble 3 for 43. The Redskins gained 266 yards on the ground.
Young was 5-for-9 for 69 yards passing before he left in the third quarter.
Miscuk led the Potters rushing attack with 30 yards on 12 carries. East Liverpool managed only 72 yards on 32 carries for the evening. Reynolds struggled, going 5-for-18 for 54 yards.
The Redskins (2-0) travel to 2-0 Oak Glen Friday.