WINTERSVILLE The Redskins scalped the Potters.
The East Liverpool football team battled until the final whistle, but in the end it was not enough as Indian Creek came away with a hard-fought 26-12 victory Friday night at Kettlewell Stadium.
With the win, the Redskins are now 2-0 on the season. With the loss, the Potters drop to 0-2.
The Indian Creek defense converge on Potters RB John Miscuk (45) during first half play Friday. (Photo by Jimmy Joe Savage)
"I could never complain about our effort this year," second-year East Liverpool head coach Rick Prescott said. "One thing we stressed is you can't lose because of heart, and we haven't done that yet.
"We continued to make some mental mistakes, some young errors, but our kids have fought from the beginning until the end in both games they have played and I am proud of them. We just have to
keep doing what we are doing and that is improving week by week."
Indian Creek head coach Andrew Connor got to work with Prescott during the summer when Connor served as the head coach of the Ohio team in the 33rd Annual Penn-Ohio Stateline Classic.
"He is a good coach, and his kids play hard," Connor said. "They improved a lot from Week 1 to Week 2. I told our kids their game last week was no reflection of the score. They played hard. They kind of shot themselves in the foot with turnovers, but I knew they were going to come in here and play the type of game that we have always played between the two schools. I think this one lived up to its billing."
Indian Creek got on the scoreboard first when Alex Young returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion pass was stopped, and the Redskins led 6-0 with 2:23 left to play in the first quarter.
Indian Creek broke the game open a little bit with two more touchdowns in the second quarter.
The first score came on a 2-yard run by Blake Roar, and Young's extra point made the score, 13-0, with 10:58 to play before halftime. The Redskins' second score of the stanza came on a 3-yard run by Logan Woods. Young's PAT put the hosts up 20-0 with 3:44 left to play in the quarter.
The Potters got on the board on the ensuing drive.
A long kickoff return by Zack English enabled East Liverpool to begin the drive at the Indian Creek 13. Four plays later on 4th-and-11, sophomore quarterback Kade Reynolds escaped pressure and lofted a pass into the end zone to English, who hauled it in for a 14-yard touchdown.
The extra point was short, but the Potters cut their deficit to 20-6 with 3:44 to play in the first half.
Indian Creek extended its lead in the third quarter when Darren Gibble capped a 98-yard scoring march with an 18-yard run. The snap on the extra point was botched, keeping the score 26-6 with 6:01 left to play in the quarter.
The drive followed an interception by Roar at the Redskins' 2.
The Potters gained possession of the ball at the Indian Creek 19 after a fumble, but Roar's interception on second down ended the threat.
"It is what it is," Prescott said. "You go out and play the game. The ball doesn't always bounce your way, but I'll tell you what, our kids played hard. That is what I have asked of them right now."
East Liverpool capped the scoring late in the fourth quarter when John Miscuk plowed into the end zone from the 1 making the score 26-12. The kick failed again to keep the score 26-12 with 1:51 left to play in the game.
Indian Creek plays Friday night at Oak Glen. East Liverpool plays Saturday afternoon at Bellaire.