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Huskies win second-straight, top Indian Creek

RUNNING HARD — Indian Creek’s Eli Powell runs while Harrison Central’s Nathan Frye looks to make the tackle during Friday’s game. -- Sandi Thompson

CADIZ — Harrison Central recorded its second win in as many weeks topping Indian Creek 33-23 Friday night at Wagner Field for what is a big victory for the Huskies in the playoff race.

Harrison Central, which entered the week in the 16th and final playoff spot in Division V, Region 17, improves to 4-5 with the victory.

Hayden Cassidy, the Huskies sophomore quarterback, threw for 135 yards and a score, while Nathan Bertolino had a big night on the ground for the Huskies with 182 yards and three trips to the endzone.

Cassidy opened the scoring with a 4-yard run in the first quarter, then the teams combined for 35 points in the second.

Indian Creek’s Eli Powell, who finished with 64 passing yards and 18 on the ground, scored and two-point play made it a Redskins lead.

Bertolino answered with a 4-yard TD, then Isaac Robinson went 80-yards to answer for Creek.

Cam McAfee (four catches, 95 yards and a score) hauled in a 54-yard TD pass, then Bertolino added a 23-yard run before the break to put the Huskies on top, 27-15, at the break.

Zion McGee’s 9-yard run and Bryson Bodo’s conversion catch made it a 27-23 game, before a 5-yard Bertolino TD in the fourth quarter gave Harrison the 10-point win.

Each team competes in a rivalry game on the road next week, as the Huskies travel to Buckeye Local for the annual VALES Trophy game, and Indian Creek heads to Edison for the Route 43 Bowl.

Harrison Central 33, Indian Creek 23

Indian Creek 0-15-8-0 — 23

Harrison Central 7-20-0-6 — 33

SCORING

First Quarter

HC: Cassidy 4 run (Madzia kick)

Second Quarter

IC: Powell 1 run (Franke pass from Mazar)

HC: Bertolino 4 run (Madzia kick)

IC: Robinson 80 run (Gross kick)

HC: McAfee 54 pass from Cassidy (kick blocked)

HC: Bertolino 23 run (Madzia kick)

Third Quarter

IC: McGee 9 run (B. Bodo pass from Mazar)

HC: Bertolino 5 run (conversion failed)

RUSHING: Indian Creek 50-279-3TD (Robinson 7-150-TD; McGee 17-93-TD; Powell 21-18-TD; Spencer 3-19; Irizarry 2-(-6); Harrison Central 47-243-4TD (Bertolino 27-182-3TD); Quito 8-21; Cassidy 9-(-9).

PASSING: Indian Creek 4-16-64-3INT (Powell 4-15-64-3INT; Byard 0-1); Harrison Central 6-16-135-TD-INT (all by Cassidy).

RECEIVING: Indian Creek 4-64 (Coleman 1-21; Robinson 1-10; B. Bodo 1-23; Spencer 1-10); Harrison Central 6-135-TD (McAfee 4-95-TD; Hutton 1-33; Quito 1-7).

First Downs: Indian Creek 18; Harrison Central 18.

Penalties-Yards: Indian Creek 8-87; Harrison Central 8-73.

Fumbles-Lost: Indian Creek 5-1; Harrison Central 2-0.

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