WINTERSVILLE - The Potters put up a fight.
The East Liverpool football team battled for all 48 minutes Friday night, but in the end Indian Creek came away with a 26-12 victory at Kettlewell Stadium.
"We have improved all the way around," second-year East Liverpool head coach Rick Prescott said. "Our guys, they want to play a physical type of football, and we're learning how to do that. We are growing up right here on the field, and we're just going to keep working and keep getting better."
The East Liverpool football team prepares to run out on the field Friday night at Kettlewell Stadium. (Photo by Aaron?Petchal)
The Redskins (2-0) took the lead in the first quarter when Alex Young returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion pass failed keeping the score at 6-0.
Indian Creek added to its lead with two touchdowns in the second stanza. The first came on a 2-yard run by Blake Roar, and the second came on a 3-yard run by Logan Woods. Young converted both extra points.
Trailing 20-0, the Potters got on the scoreboard late in the first half.
After a long kick off return by Zack English gave East Liverpool the ball at the Indian Creek 13, sophomore quarterback Kade Reynolds hooked up with English for a 14-yard scoring strike on 4th-and-11 at the 14.
The touchdown was the first points the Potters scored in the season. Beaver Local blanked East Liverpool, 21-0, in Week 1 at Patterson Field.
The extra point was short keeping the score at 20-6 at the half.
In the third quarter, an 18-yard scoring run by Darren Gribble put the Redskins up 26-6. The snap on the extra point was botched keeping the Redskins' advantage at 20 points.
The Potters scored their second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run by John Miscuk. The score came on 4th-and-goal.
East Liverpool finished the game with 105 yards of offense against Indian Creek. The Potters ran for 51 yards and threw for 54 yards.
Miscuk led the way on the ground with 30 yards and a touchdown, and Reynolds added 20 yards.
English led the team with 28 yards receiving on two catches. Stefan Yoho hauled in two passes for 21 yards, and he also ran for 19.
The Redskins ended the game with 363 yards off offense Indian Creek ran for 276 yards, and they threw for 87 more.
Young threw for 68 yards while on five completions.
Tran Nuynh led the way on the ground with 92 yards on nine carries. Woods delivered 76 yards on 14 carries, and Roar recorded 59 yards on eight carries.
Frankie Kamarec caught four passes for 43 yards.
Indian Creek picked up 18 first downs, while the Potters recorded nine. The Potters committed 12 penalties for 95 yards, and the Redskins committed nine for 75 yards. Indian Creek fumbled four times in the game. Two of the fumbles resulted in turnovers. East Liverpool did not fumble the ball.
The Potters punted three times for a 34.3 average, while the Redskins punted four times for an average of 25 yards.
"Hats off to them first of all," Indian Creek head coach Andrew Connor said. "They came down and played a hard game. They are tough kids. They have a good coaching staff, and they got better."
The Redskins will look to continue their winning ways Friday night at Oak Glen. The Potters will look to get their first win of the season Saturday afternoon when East Liverpool travels south to Belmont County to take on Bellaire at Nelson Field.
The game is the first of back-to-back Saturday games for the Potters.