Thirteen weeks stand between what was and what might be for quarterback Gynson Robley and his Indian Creek teammates.
Having completed 14 of 23 pass attempts for 232 yards in last week’s thrilling 15-14 victory against Greenwood at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Robley realized he would like nothing more than a return trip to the vast downtown structure in November.
“Being in there was awesome. Just running out onto the field after Dylan made that field goal,” said Robley, referring to senior Dylan Walker’s game-winning 31-yard boot as time expired. “That’s our dream, to go back there.”
Advancing to the Class 3A state championship game is a ride that typically includes some good fortune, outstanding quarterbacking and too many other factors to pinpoint.
In Robley, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound junior, the Braves already have the second need covered.
“The thing about Gynson is he thinks like I do. He’s very disciplined in running our offense and knows what I want,” said 14th-year Indian Creek coach Mike Gillin, whose team is ranked ninth in Class 3A entering tonight’s game at Class A Eastern Hancock.
“I really like the way he handled himself last week against Greenwood,” Gillin added.
With the Woodmen defense inched closer to the line of scrimmage in an effort to stifle the Braves’ running game, Robley took what was given. For the season he’s thrown four touchdown passes — all in a 56-7 defeat of Knightstown in Week 1 — with no interceptions.
Robley’s role is a drastic departure from 2013, when he alternated snaps with Nic Brown.
Now a 6-2, 197-pound senior, Brown focuses on being a starting safety on defense and utilizing his athleticism to help with the offense as Gillin sees fit (he already has a 41-yard touchdown run).
“Nic is very athletic. Extremely fast,” Robley said. “But being the quarterback feels great. I definitely think it helps the team with momentum.”
Robley’s plan during the offseason was to add weight to his then-172-pound frame through time in the weight room. However, Robley’s offseason AAU basketball schedule provided enough aerobic activity so that he wound up only adding eight pounds.
Indian Creek’s ground game, led by senior back Dokken Egenolf, is averaging only 90 yards rushing per outing through two weeks. An increase in those numbers will no doubt help the Braves’ QB, and vise versa, as the Braves get deeper into the regular season.
“Once we get our running game going, which I think we will, Gynson should continue to pass the ball efficiently,” Gillin said.