Junior's picks, receptions lift Braves past Beech Grove

As Indian Creek’s leading receiver, junior Brenden Smith does his part to catch passes on offense.

But he also snags them on defense.

Smith caught four passes for 76 yards and a touchdown and recorded two interceptions to help lead the Braves to a 28-8 victory against visiting Beech Grove in a Class 3A sectional semifinal game Friday night.

With the win, the Braves advance to next Friday’s championship game at Greensburg (9-2).

“He’s become just really a force back there at safety for us,” Indian Creek football coach Mike Gillin said. “The first half of the season, going both ways for us, the heat was bothering him a little bit. But these last five or six weeks, he’s turned into one great free safety.

And of course, he’s our go-to guy on offense also.”

Smith’s receiving skills have been a key part of Indian Creek’s success this season.

Against the Hornets (5-6), he caught a 34-yard reception in the first quarter when he threaded the sideline, jumped high for the catch and kept his feet in bounds.

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