Mistakes made the difference between a homecoming win and loss for Indian Creek, which dropped a 41-20 decision to visiting Triton Central in a nonconference matchup Friday.
Total yardage by the two teams was close, with Triton amassing 367 yards and Creek 324. But quarterback Tyler Voris threw three interceptions — his first picks of the season — and Indian Creek had another turnover on downs to doom the Braves (3-2).
“You can’t turn the ball over against good football teams. Coach (Tim) Able has a very good team,” Indian Creek coach Brett Cooper said. “They didn’t turn it over and we did. That was the difference. Now we need to go watch film and get better.”
Triton Central (4-1), ranked 11th in Class 2A, scored on each of its first three possessions of the game to take an early 21-6 lead.
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Indian Creek nearly answered, but an interception in the end zone on its first possession kept it a score behind. Try as they might, the Braves couldn’t make up for that crucial mistake and never quite caught up.
Triton Central marched right down the field and scored on its first possession, a pattern the Tigers repeated throughout the night. After Voris’ first interception, Triton scored again on a 15-yard run by Morgan Seagrave to go ahead 14-0.
Indian Creek (3-2) finally got on the board when the Braves embarked on a 14-play drive and Voris cashed in with a 4-yard run to cut the lead to 14-6.
A 49-yard scamper down the sideline by Ethan Demaree put Triton ahead 21-6 but Indian Creek answered again, getting a 2-yard run by Avery Welch with 50 seconds to go. The Braves missed the two-point attempt and trailed 21-12 at the half.
Indian Creek drew closer on its first possession of the second half, driving 80 yards and scoring on Welch’s 3-yard run. Voris added the two-pointer to close the gap to 21-20.
“A lot of the credit goes to our offensive line. We talked at halftime that we thought we could wear them down. Clearly we didn’t,” Cooper said. “At first it worked, but then we stalled and sputtered and made some errors.”
Three more turnovers — two via interception and one on downs — doomed Creek in the second half. While the Braves were giving the ball away, Triton added three more touchdowns to blow open the game.
Demaree finished the game with 201 yards on 28 carries to lead the Tigers. Welch finished with 116 yards on the ground for the Braves before a cramp midway through the fourth quarter ended his night.
Indian Creek hosts Edgewood next week in a Western Indiana Conference game.