For the Daily Journal
Indian Creek senior quarterback Taylor Voris got the job done with his feet as well as his arm Friday night.
Voris passed for two touchdowns, ran for two more touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversion runs as Indian Creek shut out host Cascade 35-0 in a key Western Indiana Conference duel.
“When Taylor is a dual threat for us, we’re pretty good offensively,” Braves coach Brett Cooper said. “All that comes back to a credit to our offensive line. We had some ups and downs, but we righted the ship and played well.”
The Braves improved to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the East Division, while the Cadets fell to 3-4 and 3-1.
Voris ran for 71 yards on 10 carries. His 36-yard TD run gave the Braves a 29-0 lead with 4:50 to go in the third quarter.
On the final play of that same period, Voris hooked up with Isaiah Lacey for an 88-yard touchdown pass to produce the final margin.
Indian Creek used reserves most of the fourth quarter but maintained the shutout.
Voris completed 11 of 25 passes for 250 yards. He also caught a pass batted back to him for 6-yard gain.
Lacey contributed eight catches for 209 yards.
“We came out a little lethargic, I thought,” Cooper said.
“We made some plays on defense and executed on offense just enough to play a good game.”
The Braves took the opening kickoff and proceeded with a long drive, capped by Voris’ 4-yard touchdown run with 7:28 to go in first quarter. Voris added a conversion run.
Indian Creek boosted the lead to 16-0 in the second quarter when the Cascade punter tried to pick up a low snap and fumbled in the end zone. Dustin Sprong recovered for the touchdown. A Voris conversion run followed.
The Braves increased the lead to 22-0 on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Voris to Lacey with 1:47 left in the first half.
“We made a couple of tweaks this week to our defense,” Cooper said. “(Cascade has) a very good offense. We came out and made a couple of moves. Our kids had a great week of practice and executed. Our staff was phenomenal all week and it showed.”
The Braves now travel to Cloverdale (3-4, 3-1) with a chance to wrap up the division title.
“We control our own destiny,” Cooper said.