For the Daily Journal
The Indian Creek football team polished off a 52-7 win against Western Indiana Conference rival Brown County on the Eagles’ home turf Friday.
The lopsided victory was the payoff from a good week of practice, according to Braves head coach Brett Cooper.
“We really focused all week at practice, and with this being a rival game, it could go either way,” Cooper said. “It’s my first win against Brown County, so it’s a big win to keep the trophy on our side.”
The Braves’ defense also had a big hand in the win, as it kept the Eagles off the board for most of the first half and the entire second half.
Michael Perkins ran for a 15-yard touchdown to get the Braves (3-1, 2-0 WIC) on the board in the first four minutes of the game. Then, with just a minute left in the first quarter, two Eagles snaps sailed long for a safety that made it 8-0.
The Braves’ second touchdown was scored in the first minute of the second quarter, a three-yard rush by Avery Welch. Five minutes later, the Braves were on the board again with a 15-yard rushing touchdown by quarterback Taylor Voris.
With two minutes to go in the first half, the Eagles’ Noah Carter completed an eight-yard pass to Ezra Scully for a touchdown. But Indian Creek responded, with Voris completing a 50-yard pass to Isaiah Lacey for a touchdown.
Despite a 29-7 halftime lead, Cooper said he knew the team needed to improve in the second half.
“And we did just that,” Cooper said. “We got physical with them, which we needed to do.”
The momentum continued into the second half, as Welch rushed 71 yards for a Braves touchdown. Minutes later, Aaron Hart ran 42 yards on four consecutive carries, leading to another touchdown for Indian Creek.
Following a Brown County fumble, Hart moved the ball 27 yards on three carries, scoring another touchdown for the Braves. Another fumble by the Eagles (2-2, 0-2) produced a second safety with 4:10 left in the game, the last points for Indian Creek.
The Braves take on Triton Central at home next week in their final nonconference game.