Indian Creek coach Mike Gillin didn’t know he’d be using Justin Cochran at running back until Friday night.
But when the veteran coach needed a strong running back, he turned to his senior.
And the senior delivered.
Cochran rushed 18 times for 84 yards, including a 14-yard rush for the final score, to help lead the visiting Braves to a 21-0 victory at Brown County.
“I was hoping to get through the game only (using him) as a defensive end,” Gillin said. “But in this weather with this field, tough yardage was hard to come by, and we needed a big, strong back in there. And he did.
“He was our guy tonight. I was really happy for Justin.”
Cochran had been banged up recently. He had been practicing the last couple of weeks, but Gillin said he wasn’t game-ready during the Providence game Sept. 13. But he was ready Friday night.
Cochran’s touchdown helped seal the victory for Indian Creek (3-2) when it appeared neither team would score in the second half.
Brown County (3-2) got inside Indian Creek’s 30-yard line twice late in the third quarter. It also got to the Indian Creek 23-yard line late in the fourth.
But the Braves’ defense held each time.
“We just couldn’t punch it in when it mattered,” Brown County coach Ethan Schreiber said. “It’s just doing a lot of little things wrong. It’s a learning experience. Hopefully, we’d love to see these guys again.
“It’d take everyone doing some winning to have that happen again.”
Indian Creek took a 14-0 lead into halftime, but it probably wanted more points.
In the first half, the Braves out-gained Brown County 208-110, but they lost two fumbles, the second inside the Brown County 15-yard line, and had four false start penalties, including consecutive penalties on one drive.
In fact, the Eagles gained 54 of their yards on their last drive of the first half, getting to the Indian Creek 11-yard line before the drive stalled. They missed a 40-yard field goal attempt with 50 seconds left in the half.
“Nothing is easy for us,” Gillin said. “We just don’t put teams away.”
Indian Creek senior wide receiver Brenden Smith, one of the state’s top receivers, only caught two balls for 16 yards, but he rushed nine times for 29 yards, including a first-quarter touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Gynson Robley connected with junior Ethan Whitaker on an 11-yard pass for the game’s other score.
Robley completed six of eight passes for 99 yards, and junior quarterback Nic Brown completed six of seven for 66 yards. Whitaker had four catches for 83 yards.
Brown County senior quarterback Dillon Boknecht had 44 rushing yards and completed 11 of 25 passes for 133 yards. Senior Luke Huls pulled in five passes for 53 yards.
Indian Creek plays at Mid-Indiana Football Conference opponent Class 2A Milan at 7 p.m. Friday.