Football: Red Devils Stop Redskins
By KIM NORTH
For The Intelligencer
ST. CLAIRSVILLE – It’s not how many plays a team runs or how much time it possesses the football, it’s the end result that matters.
St. Clairsville found itself in that position after 24 minutes of action Friday night at a packed Red Devil Stadium against Indian Creek.
The Redskins (4-1) executed their game plan to near perfection in the first half as thru ran 35 offensive plays (34 runs) to a dozen for the Red Devils.
However, the scoreboard read 7-0 in favor of St. Clairsville when the teams headed to the locker room for the halftime break. The Red Devils tacked on a pair of Michael Ferns touchdowns in the second half in blanking the Redskins 21-0 on Hall of Fame Night.
“It’s what we did with those plays,” St. Clairsville head coach Brett McLean said of production his team made despite the lack of time his team had the ball.
“We would’ve liked to have more (offensive plays), but that’s Indian Creek’s style. That’s what they do.”
After a pair of turnovers to start the game, Indian Creek opted for a fake punt on fourth-and-6 from near midfield. However, the ploy failed as Cory Goodrich could only get one yard.
On St. Clairsville’s third play, Jaylon Brown broke a run off the left side of the line and went untouched from 41 yards out
Starting at its own 20 after Musilli’s kickoff bounced into the end zone for a touchback, Indian Creek marched 76 yards on 20 plays and chewed up 10:39 off the clock.
Facing a fourth-and-goal from the St. Clairsville six, the Redskins rolled the dice and went to the air. Jonathan Woodbury rolled right and lofted the ball to the corner of the end zone, but the ball was just inches from the fingertips of a diving Zach Connor.
“The big thing was for us was to not get frustrated on offense ourselves,” McLean added. “Not being selfish and sticking to our game plan. When you get your touches, do something with them. It could be the type of game where you might not see the ball a whole lot.”
Malik Gummer returned the second-half kickoff 42 yards deep into Indian Creek territory at the 34. Four plays later, sophomore quarterback Michael Monteroso rolled to his left and found senior fullback Michael Ferns in the flat. The Michigan recruit plucked the ball just inches from the carpet and headed down the near sidelines. He picked up a crunching block by Michael “Zuke” Jacob en route to a 27-yard scoring play.
After the St. Clairsville forced a punt, it gave Indian Creek a doze of its own medicine with a time-consuming drive of its own. The Red Devils used 16 plays (all runs) and 8:08 off the clock in marching 82 yards.
Ferns capped the drive with a 3-yard burst over the right side of the line on third-and-goal.
For the game, Indian Creek ran 62 plays to 37 for St. Clairsville. The Redskins led 207-189 in total yards.
At halftime three former Red Devil standout athletes were enshrined in the St. Clairsville Hall of Fame. They included Shawn Vincent, Megan Sacco-Bailey and Jim Kerr.