For the Daily Journal
Indian Creek’s football team scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and added two more late to defeat visiting Owen Valley 27-7 on a cold and rainy Friday in Trafalgar.
Both of the Braves’ early scores came in the game’s first seven minutes. It wasn’t until the fourth that Creek scored again, but the Braves were in control the entire way, and that was something that made coach Brett Cooper smile.
“We talked all week about coming out fast and they took advantage of it,” Cooper said.
“We didn’t play so fast in the middle, but we started strong and we finished strong and I’m OK with that.”
The remnants of Hurricane Harvey hit the area about an hour before kickoff and conditions deteriorated throughout the night. Indian Creek seemed to handle the conditions better than its guests — at least initially.
The Braves (2-1) scored on their first possession when junior running back Avery Welch ripped through the Owen Valley defense for a 51-yard touchdown run to put Creek ahead 6-0.
Indian Creek went back to work two possessions later. Set up near midfield thanks to a Dylan Sprong interception, the Braves went down the field quickly, getting a 42-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Voris to senior receiver Brad Trietsch that put the ball on the 9. Michael Perkins did the rest, running nearly untouched into the end zone for the score, and Vinny Greene hauled in the two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead.
Perkins’ TD run came with 5:04 left in the first quarter. It wasn’t until the fourth that more points were put on the board, when the two teams combined to score three times.
“I don’t think the temperature was an issue. But any time the ball is wet and when you’re a shotgun team, you’re going to have some issues,” Cooper said. “We fumbled some under center snaps which is the opposite of normal. But we’ve just got to find that second and third gear in the second and third quarter to put teams away.”
The Braves blew open the game with touchdowns on back-to-back possessions in the fourth. Welch scored on a 3-yard run and Perkins had a 17-yard jaunt to put Creek ahead 27-0 with 6:21 to play.
Owen Valley (1-2) broke the shutout on its next possession when quarterback Daniel Burkett hit Collin Brandeburg on a 6-yard pass to cap the scoring.
The Indian Creek defense forced three turnovers and recorded five sacks in a dominating effort.
“We made a couple of tweaks this week to our defense and I thought the kids came out and played really, really fast and loose and flew to the football,” Cooper said. “Phenomenal job out of those guys out there.”
Indian Creek travels to rival Brown County next week.