When Indian Creek football coach Mike Gillin saw Knights-town’s defense putting eight defenders on the line of scrimmage in an attempt to stop the Braves’ high-powered running game Friday, he wasn’t worried.
He knew the passing game would pick up the slack.
Junior quarterback Gynson Robley threw for 240 yards and four touchdowns, completing 12 of 17 passes and throwing TDs to three different receivers.
Meanwhile, host Indian Creek still managed 171 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground en route to a 56-7 season-opening win.
“I was really impressed with our explosiveness,” Gillin said of the passing game. “We had time to get the ball downfield, and our defense was outstanding.”
The Braves’ defense intercepted two passes, recovered two fumbles and recorded five sacks.
They allowed 181 rushing yards, but only 57 in the first half, when Indian Creek built a 33-0 lead by halftime.
The defense set up the game’s first score, when Dylan Walker recovered a fumble on Knights-town’s second offensive play from scrimmage.
Jake McGowan hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Robley on a fade route three plays later, his first of two TD receptions, and the Braves never looked back.
The Panthers’ lone score came with 4:22 remaining, when Indian Creek’s second-string defense was on the field.
While Gillin acknowledged the Braves passed as much as they did because of Knightstown’s defensive strategy, he added that they still planned to pass with some regularity.
Senior running back Dokken Egenolf, playing his first game since last year’s season opener, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury, played sparingly and rushed for 46 yards on 10 carries. His lone touchdown also came on his lone reception, a 51-yard screen pass when he outran Knightstown defenders to give the Braves a 33-0 lead with 2:42 remaining in the first half.
“He was on a bit of a count,” Gillin said of Egenolf and his workload. “We wanted to run the ball a little better, but we’re on the right track.”
The Braves play Greenwood on Aug. 30 at Lucas Oil Stadium.