Lightning delayed the start of Friday night’s football game between Indian Creek and Greenwood by about an hour. The storm that the Woodmen unleashed on the Braves once the game began was far more unforgiving.
Brandon Rosado rushed for 102 yards and three second-half touchdowns, part of a dominating effort on the ground that helped Greenwood roll to a 44-7 home win.
The Woodmen (2-0) totaled 308 yards rushing on the night. Isaiah Borjas was the other workhorse for the victorious side, picking up 88 yards on 15 runs.
“We wanted to exploit our size,” Greenwood coach Mike Campbell said. “They had a couple of linemen going both ways, and we’re completely platooned up front, so we knew it was a war of attrition, and if we could just keep the hammer down and not hurt ourselves, we felt that we could wear them down a little bit.”
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After forcing a three-and-out on Indian Creek’s opening possession, the Woodmen methodically marched 58 yards the other way to take a 6-0 lead. Rosado carried six times for 24 yards on the drive and Seth Gallman completed a 15-yard pass to Justin VanDyke on fourth and 5, helping to set up a 1-yard Gallman keeper at the 6:54 mark of the first period.
The Woodmen got a 34-yard field goal by Damon Maynard with 7:18 left in the half, and after Indian Creek turned it over on downs in Greenwood territory for the second time, the home team pushed the lead to 16-0 on a 70-yard scoring run by Dylan Rosado with 2:21 to go before the break.
That play seemed to get the momentum going, and after halftime, it got uglier in a hurry.
The Braves recovered an onside kick to start the third period, but a Tyler Voris fumble four plays later popped up into the waiting arms of Tim Johns, who took it 63 yards for a touchdown.
Following another turnover on downs by the visitors, Brandon Rosado capped a quick 36-yard drive with a 1-yard scoring run, making it 30-0. He then scored again just moments later from 10 yards out after a bad snap on an Indian Creek punt gave Greenwood first and goal.
Those touchdowns made it 37-0 with 2:09 remaining in the third, and Brandon Rosado added a third TD, a 12-yard run, with 10:17 left in the final period.
“We made a few small adjustments at halftime on both sides of the ball,” Campbell said, “and it paid off. And our biggest thing was just, we played with more energy.”
The Braves were able to break the shutout with 5:16 to go on a 27-yard run by Isaiah Lacey.
Greenwood denied Indian Creek head coach Mike Gillin his 300th career victory. The Braves will try again to get Gillin the milestone win next week at Owen Valley.
Meanwhile, the Woodmen will again be at home for a Mid-State Conference battle with Martinsville.