YORKVILLE - That post-season playoff spot keeps getting closer and closer and so does a possible home field in the opener, but first Indian Creek has one more week of football.
With its offense churning out 412 total yards with a pair of 100-yard rushers and its defense yielding just 149 yards, the Redskins moved a step closer to the postseason with a key 49-7 Buckeye 8 win over Buckeye Local Friday night.
Coach Andrew Connor's Redskins, with only a loss to unbeaten St Clairsville as a blemish on their record, boosted their mark to 8-1. They close the regular season with a key matchup with Edison on Oct. 27 and are hopeful that a win in the finale also gives them a home game in the playoff opener.
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ONE MORE — Indian Creek’s Logan Woods runs during the first half of Friday’s 49-7 win over host Buckeye Local. The Redskins are 8-1 after finishing with 412 yards of offense. They host Edison on Oct. 27.
Buckeye Local, who closes out the 2012 campaign at Harrison Central on Friday in the battle for the V.A.L.E.S. trophy, dipped to 4-5.
"Every game in the Buckeye 8 is a big game, but just as I told the kids before the game, this is a big game without the Buckeye 8 and playoffs thrown in," Connor said. "This is a big rivalry game for us plus it was their last home game and senior night for them, so we couldn't take them lightly.
"Even with everything else that is going on around us, we could have asked for more pressure play our two biggest rivals in the last two games of the season.
Indian Creek 49, Buckeye Local 7
Indian Creek 11 14 18 6 - 49
Buckeye Local 0 0 0 7 - 7
IC: Kamarec 19 pass from Young (Young run)
IC: FG 28 Young
IC: Young 6 run (kick failed)
IC: Woods 19 run (Woods run)
IC: Roar 26 pass from Young (kick failed)
IC: Huynh 5 run (kick failed)
IC: Huynh 52 run (kick failed)
BL: Banal 56 run (Bandeira kick)
IC: Pavlick 10 run (run failed)
RUSHING: Buckeye Local (25-83) - Dokes, 8-15; Banal, 1-56-1; Kirk, 3-(-6), Marshall, 1-(-4); Beall, 2-7; Stock, 2-17; Pyciak, 3-8; Tustin, 3-(-6); Agnew, 1-(-4); Mosser, 1-(-1), Pielech 1-1. Indian Creek (Young, 5-26-1; Woods, 13-104-1; Lawrence, 1-4; Roar, 9-43; Huynh, 6-104-2; Sinsel, 2-10; Pavlick, 4-22-1; Masar, 2-(-5).
PASSING: Buckeye Local (6-13-66-0-2) - Kirk, 6-11-66-0-2; Miller, 0-1-0-0; Agnew, 0-1-0-0. Indian Creek (6-14-97-2-1) - Young, 6-13-97-2-1; Lawrence, 0-1-0-0
RECEIVING: Buckeye Local - Marshall, 3-22; Zeroski, 1-9; Pyciak, 1-3; Mosser, 1-12. Indian Creek - Roar, 2-32-1; Kamarec, 3-47-1; Huynh, 1-18
FIRST DOWNS: Buckeye Local 6; Indian Creek, 21
PENALTIES: Buckeye Local 6-48; Indian Creek, 8-88
PUNTING: Buckeye Local 5-177-35.4; Indian Creek, 0
FUMBLES: Buckeye Local 0-0; Indian Creek, 0-1
"I told our kids that this was just a great team win. We worried about how they would handle the pressure of the playoffs and looking ahead, but we are proud of the way they handle themselves and how they staying focused.
"This was just a normal big rivalry game that was magnified by the Buckeye 8. I'm extremely proud of these kids.
"We just want getting to the playoffs to be a yearly thing so that is the mark they set for themselves from the start of the season."
On the Redskins' first scoring drive, Logan Woods carried for seven, Mandella Lawrence added four, Blake Roar had five and Alex Young broke loose for 14. The drive turned to the air late as Young connected with Tran Hyunh for 18 yards and then tossed to Frank Kamarec for 19 yards and a score. Young ran for the two-pointer.
Young booted a 28-yard field goal for an 11-0 lead just before the end of the first period.
The Redskins drove 81 yards on their next drive that featured a 17-yard run by Woods. Two plays later, Young swept the left side for six yards and a score with 6:40 on the board. Young booted the PAT.
Needing just four plays and runs of eight and six yards by Huynh and 34 yards by Woods, the winners crossed the goal line on a 19-yard run by Woods with 2:38 on the board. Woods also ran for the two pointer and a 25-0 lead.
In the third quarter, Creek capitalized on a pass interception by Montel McClelland to set up another scoring drive, this one covering 31 yards. Young capped off the drive with a 26-yard pass to Roar with 6:27 on the clock for a 31-0 lead.
Taking advantage of another pass theft by Roar, the Redskins added another six-pointer in the frame on a 5-yard run by Hyunh with 2:16 showing.
Once more before the quarter ended, Indian Creek found the endzone. Hyunh found daylight running down the right sideline scampering 52 yards with six seconds left in the third.
Buckeye finally got on the board in the fourth on a fine 56-yard run by sophomore Eric Banal. Brazilian Joao Bandeira booted the PAT with 9:20 remaining.
Creek countered with 4:10 left in the game on a 10-yard run by Isiah Pavlick.
"I thought that coming in here after the way things went in St. Clairsville last week, that we would be playing with a lot more intensity, but that didn't happen," Panthers coach Phil Pest commented.
"They have a very good team. They had a lot of speed and they have a good and quick line. We had hoped to be able to stay with them, but they kept our defense on the field for a long time.
"We just have to get ready for Harrison Central now and try to finish at .500.
"Hython will be very tough to stop and they have a quarterback who can run well too."