EAST LIVERPOOL - The Indian Creek Redskins scored twice in a span of 1:32 in the fourth quarter to pull out a 12-6 triumph over the East Liverpool Potters (0-2) Friday night at Patterson Field.
Trailing 6-0, Indian Creek knotted the score when Tyler Lathem bulled in from three yards out to cap a 14-play drive covering 48 yards with 7:25 remaining in the game. The conversion attempt hit the upright, leaving the score knotted at 6-6.
The visitors needed only one play, a 47-yard gallop by Blake Roar, to take the lead at 12-6 with 5:52 showing on the fourth quarter clock. The scoring run followed a diving interception by Roar. Roar would finish the night with 166 rushing on 24 carries.
"I thought when our kids needed to make a big play, they did," said Indian Creek head coach Andrew Connor in regards to the Redskins' play in the fourth quarter. "It was a tremendous team effort."
As a team, Indian Creek rushed the ball 49 times for 198 yards.
Indian Creek improves to 2-0, while East Liverpool drops to 0-2.
The Potters had taken a 6-0 halftime lead on a 65-yard interception return by Marcus Beebout. On the final of what appeared as though it was going to be a scoreless first half, Beebout stepped in front of an underthrown Redskin pass on his own 35-yard line. The Potter defender snagged the errant pass and then streaked down the left sideline, deftly following two blocks while racing for the end zone, while the last Indian Creek player angled in on him. As the two collided, Beebout managed to reach out and hit the pylon with the ball, resulting in a 6-0 lead for the Potters at halftime.
The Potters had been turned away twice earlier in the second quarter, being stopped both times on fourth-and-goal at the Indian Creek one-yard line.
"We have to learn how to capitalize when we have the opportunity," said Potter head coach Rick Prescott. "Marcus Beebout made a great play to get into the end zone."
East Liverpool rushed for 99 yards on 22 carries in the first half, adding another 42 through the air for a 141 total on 29 snaps in the first half.
Indian Creek totaled 63 yards over the course of the first two quarters, 46 rushing and 16 passing.
"We were unsatisfied that we hadn't scored any offensive touchdowns in the first half," said Prescott of the Potters' mood in the lockerroom at halftime. "We have to make plays when we have the chance."
In describing his team's turnaround in the second half, Connor said, "Our offensive line seemed to take control up front. Our backs ran hard. We have three backs who we really count on; Blake Roar and Tyler Lathem at tailback, and then Zach Connor on the iso at fullback."
The Potters ended the night 195 yards in total offense on 57 snaps. They were penalized 13 times for 85 yards.
The Potters host long-time Columbiana County rival Salem next week. Indian Creek is also at home, hosting Oak Glen.
INDIAN CREEK:? 0-0-0-12-12
E. LIVERPOOL:? 0-6-0- 0- 6
EL-Marcus Beebout 65 interception (kick failed)
IC-Tyler Lathem 3 run (kick failed)
IC-Blake Roar 47 run (kick failed)
Total Yards 214195
RUSHING-Indian Creek, Blake Roar 24-166, Zach Connor 5-19, Tyler Lathem 7-30, Michael Puorro 2-4, Jonathan Woodbury 10-(-17), Corey Goodrich 1-(-4) East Liverpool, Zack English 3-15, Kade Reynolds 12-42, John Miscuk 7-13, Dillon Reynolds 9-27, Marcus Beebout 2-4, John Rickerd 4-3.
PASSING-Indian Creek, Jonathan Woodbury 2-11-16-1, East Liverpool, Kade Reynolds 7-13-93, D.J. Austin 0-1-1int, Austin Mayfield 0-1.
RECEIVING-Indian Creek, Corey Goodrich 1-12, Chris Mazar 1-4, East Liverpool, John Miscuk 2-39, Jason Kutzner 1-7, Zack English 2-21, D.J. Austin 2-26.
INTERCEPTIONS-Indian Creek, Blake Roar; East Liverpool, Marcus Beebout.