Weekend Wrap: Indian Creek Was Mighty Defensive in Week 1

WHEELING – The general consensus among football coaches at every level is that defenses are usually ahead of the offenses early in the season. If that’s truly the case, Indian Creek is miles in front of everyone else right now.

You have to feel bad for Weir quarterback William Larch because the Redskins delivered one tomahawk chop after another in their 52-13 victory on Thursday as part of the OVAC McDonald’s Kickoff Weekend at Kettlewell Memorial Stadium. How bad was it?

Consider that junior defensive end Chris Getsy put Larch on his back four times, which set a school record, as part of a 10-tackle (three for loss) performance that also included breaking up a pass. If that were all it would be bad enough, but there’s a lot more.

Also getting in on the sack parade were Zach Cole (3.0), Zach Connor (1.5), Zach Williams (1.0), Dustin Gibson (0.5), Tyler West (0.5) and Luke Carroll (0.5). It all adds up to 11, which is also the high-water mark in the school’s history.

For good measure, Indian Creek forced four turnovers, including Paul Eakle taking an interception back for a touchdown. Cole had two picks and Connor recovered a fumble.

If Andrew Connor’s club can keep this kind of play up, the Redskins could be in for an historic season.

Ground Gainers

  • Jordan Sapp, River: The senior racked up 150 yards and a score on 21 carries in the Pilots’ loss to Fort Frye.
  • Blake Roar, Indian Creek: Picked up 134 yards on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns.
  • Jaylon Brown, St. Clairsville: The Youngstown State recruit kicked off his senior season in splendid fashion, gaining 205 yards and scoring three touchdowns on 27 carries. He also caught a touchdown.
  • Jacob Highley, Tyler Consolidated: Though the Silver Knights fell in a close game against Williamstown, he picked up 136 yards on 26 carries and scored a touchdown.
  • Chimechi Oparanzoie, Linsly: The latest in a great line of backs for the Cadets, he carried the ball 16 times for 102 yards and scored the winning touchdown against Magnolia.
  • Levi Brown, Monroe Central: Only carried four times but picked up 107 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Union Local.
  • Marcus Sutton, Bruce Burger, R.J. Burress, Martins Ferry: Sutton rushed 11 times for 124 yards and a score while Burger carried eight times for 108 yards and three touchdowns. For good measure, Burress picked up 96 yards on 10 carries and scored three times.
  • Savion Johnson, Wheeling Park: Making his first varsity start, the sophomore carried 16 times for 120 yards and a score against Keyser.
  • Chazzy Thomas, Morgantown: Carried 18 times for 274 yards and five touchdowns in a rout of Brooke.
  • Eric Dunfee, Union Local: Was credited with 151 yards on 23 carries and scored on a 26-yard run.
  • Michael VanFossen, Shenandoah: Rumbled for 140 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
  • Jared Howell, Frontier: Picked up 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 12 carries.
  • Khalil Jones, Ryan Fletcher, Steubenville Catholic: Jones rushed 10 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns while Fletcher gained another 101 yards and scored three times on nine carries.
  • Elliott Shannon, Edison: Came through with a 19-carry, 133-yard, three-score effort in a victory against Edison.

Aerial Attack

  • Jameson Murray, Linsly: Completed 12 of 23 for 123 yards and touchdown.
  • Bailey McGrath, Bridgeport: Was good on 9 of 16 for 212 yards and three scores as the Bulldogs rallied to victory.
  • Jesse Padlow, Bishop Donahue: The junior opened his senior season by going 18 of 23 for 258 yards and four touchdowns.
  • Zach Phillips, Wheeling Park: Completed 5 of 12 for 127 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Tristan Haught, Clay-Battelle: Completed 12 of 16 for 237 yards and five touchdowns against Paden City.
  • Nolan Marcus, Edison: He connected on 15 of 23 for 190 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Brenton Colabella, Steubenville Catholic: His line read 11 of 18, 143 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Spencer Badia, Bellaire: Connected on 22 of 36 for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

Good Hands Team

  • Eric Smith, Magnolia: Hauled in four passes for 127 yards and scored the Blue Eagles’ lone touchdown in a loss to Linsly.
  • Josh Miller, Bishop Donahue: The 6-foot-4 target snared six passes for 104 yards in a victory against rival Cameron.
  • Eric Banks, Wheeling Park: Hauled in three passes for 99 yards including touchdowns of 36 and 52 yards.

Mr. Everything

  • Joey John: Wheeling Central: Had 11 tackles, an interception, and a sack in the Maroon Knights’ victory against Harrison Central.
  • John Woodbury, Indian Creek: Completed 80 yards worth of passes and also carried 11 times for 90 yards and a pair of scores.
  • Austin Dorris, Shadyside: A junior, he rushed 20 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns while also completing 3 of 9 for 57 yards and another score. For good measure, Dorris ran in a pair of 2-point conversions.
  • Brandon Cross, Paden City: Rushed for 26 yards and a score, caught four passes for 37 yards and also registered seven tackles.
  • Quar-Javious Williams, Bridgeport: Rushed 11 times for 43 yards, caught five passes for 73 and registered 10 tackles, including one for a loss.
  • Lavonte Hampton, Bishop Donahue: Carried six times for 22 yards, caught six passes for 69 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.

Wrecking Crew

  • Isiah Pavlic, Indian Creek: He recorded nine tackles, including one for a loss, and broke up a pass.
  • Nick McCartney, Weir: In a loss to Indian Creek, he picked up 11 tackles and forced a fumble.
  • Bryce Cross, River: Was charted with 10 solos and three assists, including one tackle for a loss.
  • Hunter Yoders, Cameron: A senior, he picked up 14 tackles (two for loss), a pass deflection and an interception returned for touchdown.
  • Kyle Ritz, Carter Seckman, Kage Rohde, Magnolia: Ritz totaled 13 tackles (five solos) and a pair of sacks, while Seckman charted 11 stops (three solos) and a sack. Rhode had 10 tackles (four solos) and two for loss.
  • Dom Ellis, Tyler Ashbrook, Linsly: Ellis recorded 10 tackles (seven solo, one for a loss) and caused a fumble, while Ashbrook also netted 10 stops (two solo, three for loss) and broke up a pass.
  • Bradley Pritchett, Bridgeport: Had four tackles and caused a pair of fumbles.
  • Mike Jones, Cordell Gauding, Monroe Central: Jones was attributed 12 tackles while Gauding had 11, including one for loss and a sack.
  • Geremy Paige, Wheeling Park: Starting off his Huff Award campaign in style, Paige was in on 11 tackles and forced a fumble that was returned for a score – all in the first half.
  • Jake Stewart, St. Clairsville: Credited with 14 initial stops, three solos and two assists.
  • Chris Vani, Bishop Donahue: The senior captain was charted with eight tackles and recorded 2.5 sacks.
  • Luke Staub, Martins Ferry: He registered 10 tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage.