For the Daily Journal
After getting career win No. 300 last week, Indian Creek head football coach Mike Gillin next focused on getting his next big milestone win.
Unlike No. 300, Gillin didn’t have to wait long for it, as the host Braves trounced Brown County 56-0. Indian Creek moved to 2-0 and first place in the Western Indiana Conference, and 2-2 overall.
Brown County fell to 1-3 and was all but knocked out of the conference race, falling to 0-2.
“We said last week that this is a new season with conference play starting,” Gillin said. “We’re definitely playing better football especially these past two weeks and we got what we wanted, a great start in the conference.”
It was like old times Friday for Indian Creek, which continued its mastery of the Eagles. The Braves won the matchup for the 13th straight year.
Indian Creek established a balanced and powerful offense and didn’t punt once until late in the fourth quarter. The team was sound on defense too, allowing the Eagles a total of 90 yards — most that in the fourth quarter.
Also in that total were six sacks, an interception by junior defensive back Brad Trietsch that thwarted the only real Brown County threat, and a 61-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Isaiah Lacey.
Trietsch was also on the end of one of quarterback Taylor Voris’ touchdown passes too, getting the first touchdown of the night in the first quarter.
Voris had quite the evening throwing the ball, connecting on 17 of 21 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns.
Bryce Hogue was the recipient of two of those scoring passes, including a 56-yarder on which he showed his speed by outrunning two Eagle defenders.
For the young Eagles, it was another long night, but Brown County coach Randy Minniear said his team will learn from this experience.
“We have to (learn) or it’s a wasted game,” Minniear said. “We were in the right position to move the ball and stop them, but they hit the passes when they had to and they made the right plays when they had to.
“The score didn’t show it, but we did play better football.”
Indian Creek’s only real stumble was a fumbled punt in the fourth quarter, but second-half touchdown runs by junior Michael Perkins and sophomore Vinny Greene atoned for the lone mistake.
Sophomore Avery Welch also scored on a 7-yard run earlier in the game.