Indian Creek Stuns Cambridge in Final Seconds

WINTERSVILLE — Indian Creek and Cambridge slugged it out for four quarters Friday night. Both teams had the other on the ropes but, in the end, the Redskins landed the last big blow to take care of the Bobcats.

Brandon Fleming caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Sam Mazar, Indian Creek’s backup quarterback, with 32.3 seconds left in the game to give the Redskins the lead.

The Bobcats had a chance to tie the score, but Cambridge’s desperation pass fell incomplete at the goal line, allowing the Redskins to escape with a 35-28 season-opening victory at Kettlewell Stadium.

“It was a great high school football game,” Indian Creek coach Andrew Connor said. “I can’t be any more proud. After last year, we placed an emphasis on finishing football games. We wanted to finish games. We did that. We finished.”

Indian Creek trailed by eight points going into the fourth quarter, but the Redskins made big plays in all three phases of the game to rally for the hard-fought victory.

Mazar, who filled in for injured starter Brennon Norris, completed all four of his passes for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while also throwing for a two-point conversion. Mazar also ran for 23 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown, and he caught one pass for 5 yards.

Trent Valentine threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Cooper Kerns to give the Bobcats a 7-0 lead.

Indian Creek responded with its first touchdown, as Brock Lucas returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion pass failed, keeping the score at 7-6.

The Redskins took the lead when Matt Schaefer scored on a 7-yard, and the extra point from Brandon Hiles made the score 13-7.

Travon Jeffrey scored the first of his two touchdowns on the night on a 5-yard run to give Cambridge a 14-13 lead in the third, and then Valentine hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cody Moore to give the Bobcats a 21-13 advantage.

The Redskins responded in the fourth.

First, Trevor Fante scored on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Mazar to make the score 21-19, and then Mazar hooked up with Lucas for the two-point conversion to tie the score at 21.

Travon Jeffrey scored the first of his two touchdowns on the night on a 5-yard run to give Cambridge a 14-13 lead in the third, and then Valentine hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cody Moore to give the Bobcats a 21-13 advantage.

The Redskins responded in the fourth quarter.

First, Trevor Fante scored on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Mazar to make the score 21-19, and then Mazar hooked up with Lucas for the two-point conversion to tie the score at 21.

Then, Mazar regained the lead for Indian Creek when he scrambled for his 25-yard touchdown run, and Hiles converted the extra point to make the score 28-21 with 3:03 left to play.

Jeffrey followed with his second touchdown run of the game — this one coming from 9 yards out — to knot the score at 28 with 1:13 still showing on the scoreboard clock.

Garaway 40, Harrison Central 14

SUGAR CREEK — Ty West rushed 22 times for 136 yards and a score, while also catching a 91-yard touchdown from quarterback Kobe Mitchell, but Harrison Central was shut out in the second half in a lopsided loss to Garaway.

Mitchell finished with 247 yards. Caden Dalton caught seven passes for 83.

Ritchie County 24

Tyler Consolidated 22

SISTERSVILLE–Tyler Consolidated fell by a narrow margin in its home opener to visiting Ritchie County.

Tyler standout running back Mark Rucker led the Silver Knights with a pair of touchdown runs of five and 17 yards, while quarterback Griffin Phillips tallied a 34-yard touchdown scamper.

Bishop Rosecrans 69, Beallsville 8

BEALLSVILLE–The Blue Devils suffered a tough loss in its season opener to visiting Bishop Rosecrans.

James Schnegg scored the lone Beallsville touchdown and finished with 43 yards on the ground.

East Liverpool 14, Shadyside 7

EAST LIVERPOOL–Shadyside dropped a hard-fought battle at the hands of host East Liverpool in the season opener. Tigers’ quarterback Anthony Coggins generated 255 yards through the air and completed 27 of his 42 passes, including the lone touchdown of the game on the ground.

Shenandoah 60, Frontier 14

NEW MATAMORAS–Shenandoah opened its season in dominating fashion as it went on the road and upended Frontier.

Boone Jones was in mid-season form as he completed 11 of his 12 passes for 285 yards and six touchdowns.

Three of those scores went to Aden Laipply, who collected 135 yards on those three catches, his only receptions of the contest.

Tygarts Valley 33, Valley 8

PINE GROVE — Abe Satterfield scored the lone touchdown for Valley, a 5-yard run in the third quarter, but the Lumberjacks lost their opener to Tygarts Valley.

Valley outgained the Bulldogs, but committed nine fumbles — six it lost — to kill any momentum.

Parkersburg Catholic 47, Paden City 14

PADEN CITY — Mike Shreeves and Ryan Cross scored fourth-quarter touchdowns, but by then the damage had already been done as Paden City was thumped by Parkersburg Catholic.

Cross was the leading rusher for the Wildcats, carrying 17 times for 62 yards.

Barnesville 36, Newcomerstown 6

BARNESVILLE–The Shamrocks’ defense held visiting Newcomerstown scoreless until the fourth quarter and allowed just three Trojans’ first downs as Barnesville rolled to victory.

Cade Hannahs led the Rocks’ rushing attack with 110 yards and two scores, while Tate Dowler amassed 106 yards and one touchdown.

Southern Local 39, Edison 13

SALINEVILLE–Edison kicked off the season with a tough loss on the road at Southern Local.

The two scores by the Wildcats came from the arm of Anthony Sinicropi, who found Noah Woods for a pair of touchdowns.

Steubenville Catholic 35, Toronto 0

TORONTO–The Steubenville Catholic defense held host Toronto scoreless in the season opener as the Crusaders rolled to victory.

Justin Hartzell led the way with 178 yards and three touchdowns through the air, while rushing for 67 yards and a score.

Fort Frye 42, Belpre 14

BELPRE–There was no stopping Fort Frye in its season opener as it rolled past host Belpre.

Evan Schob paced the Zeps running game with 128 yards and two scores. Tyler Fisher also found the end zone twice and ran for 67 yards.

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