WINTERSVILLE - Indian Creek scored the last four touchdowns to turn a two-possession game into a 52-13 victory against Weir on Thursday night at Kettlewell Stadium in the annual McDonald's OVAC Kickoff Classic.
"First, I want to start off my complimenting Weir High and coach (Tony) Filberto," Redskins coach Andrew Connor said. "Maybe the score at the end did not indicate it, but they've gotten better. You can tell they worked hard in the offseason. I think they are going to be a much better football team.
"I think they played with a lot of passion and I think they have turned the corner and are headed on an upswing."
Indian Creek’s Jonathan Woodbury (16) tries to break free from a Weir defender Thursday night.
William Larch connected with Clarence Bennett for the second time, this one from 19 yards out and, after the 2-point conversion failed, the Redskins held a 26-13 lead with 2:26 left in the third quarter.
But, that was it.
Blake Roar scored on two consecutive possessions on runs of 7 and 5 yards for a 40-14 lead with 11:39 left.
"I am pleased with how our kids answered their scores," Connor said. "When we were challenged our kids responded well."
"I liked that our kids came out and battled," Filberto said. "They weren't intimidated at any point. They played hard on every play of this football game. The team we played is a better football team than us. Who knows if we played them (today)? But, our kids battled and I'm proud of them.
"I thought we played great defense in the first half, but we couldn't get much offense going. We came out in the second half, our defense still looked good and our offense really started to click."
Indian Creek scored three times in 4:44 of the second quarter to take a scoreless ballgame to a 20-0 halftime cushion.
First-year senior starting quarterback Jonathan Woodbury scored on a 1-yard plunge and a 60-yard jaunt 77 seconds apart and Tyler Lathem found paydirt from the 1.
"I thought for an opening game, this could go a long way in helping us develop into a good football team," Connor said. "There were a couple of times that there were some cracks and we could have broke, but we held together and that's the sign of a team that's trying to mature around some new faces in some new places.
"I'm proud of their effort. I thought we played well.
"We shot ourselves in the foot a few times and you cannot do that. We had a lot of penalties and a lot of things where we our own worst enemy. We emphasize and preach to the kids that you can't have unforced errors and we had a lot of unforced errors tonight."
Indian Creek's defense held the Red Riders to 62 total yards on 43 plays.
The Redskins totaled 415 yards (320 on the ground) on 63 plays.
Indian Creek visits East Liverpool next week, while the Red Riders play host to Harrison Central.