For all the big numbers Indian Creek sophomore Dokken Egenolf put up, Braves coach Mike Gillin was most impressed with one figure, in particular.
Zero. As in zero fumbles.
In muddy conditions with steady rain for most of the game, Egenolf carried the ball 35 times for 166 yards and a touchdown to help lead the Class 3A Braves to a 23-0 victory at Class 2A Broad Ripple on Friday night.
“Dokken’s a mudder, isn’t he?” Gillin said. “You wonder about a sophomore right there in those conditions. He chewed up yardage, and he didn’t fumble.”
Egenolf did the bulk of his work in the first half with 113 yards on 21 carries, helping Indian Creek to a 17-0 halftime lead. The Braves ran 42 plays for 205 yards in the first half alone.
Meanwhile, the Rockets managed just 53 yards on 35 plays for the entire game.
“I’m glad we got the lead,” Gillin said. “I thought our defense played really well, too.”
Indian Creek (6-2) wasted no time
advancing the ball in the first half.
The Braves opened the game with a six-minute drive capped by senior Morgan Morrison’s 23-yard field goal. They forced Broad Ripple (5-3) to fumble on its first drive and scored on junior Justin Cochran’s 2-yard run.
Indian Creek then recovered an onside kick and held Broad Ripple to just four offensive plays in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, junior Brenden Smith hauled in a 17-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Matthew Wray.
By halftime, the Braves outgained Broad Ripple 205-35 and ran 25 more plays than the Rockets.
“I thought we came out and threw the ball exceptionally well,” Gillin said. “I thought Matt, Brenden and Cory (Utecht), all three of those guys, really did great there early in the game.
“We got a couple of big drives that chewed up a lot of clock, but we also put it in the endzone.”
Wray completed 7 of 17 passes for 84 yards. Smith caught two passes for 32 yards, and Utecht hauled in three receptions for 43 yards.
Defense ruled the second half until Egenolf found the end zone on a 10-yard run with 2:47 remaining.
“Neither team was going to score that second half,” Gillin said.
The Braves won their sixth straight game. They host Mid-Indiana Football Conference opponent South Decatur at 7 p.m. Friday and can win sole possession of the conference championship with a victory.
“Outright title next week; that’s what our plans were,” Gillin said.