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.