WINTERSVILLE - Game on.
Weir High quaterback William Larch connected with Clarence Bennett for the second time, this one from 19-yards out and, after the two-point conversion failed, Indian Creek held a 26-13 lead with 2:26 left in the third quarter.
"I am pleased with how our kids answered their scores," said Redskins head football coach Andrew Connor. "When we were challenged, our kids responded well."
ON A ROLL -- Indian Creek's Blake Roar carries the football during Thursday's season-opening game against Weir High.
-- Mike Mathison
That response was 26 unanswered points and a 52-13 victory Thursday at Kettlewell Stadium in the annual OVAC Kickoff Classic.
"First, I want to start off my complimenting Weir High and coach (Tony) Filberto," said Connor. "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 senior Blake Roar scored on two consecutive possessions on runs of 7 and 5 yards for a 40-14 lead with 11:39 left in the game. He finished with 114 yards and three scores on 14 carries.
"I liked that our kids came out and battled," said Filberto. "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 tonight. Who knows if we played them tomorrow. 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 the second quarter in 4:44 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," said Connor. "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.
"I think we were this far away from a lot of big things," said Filberto. "And, those are things we can correct and build on and be ready to play football next week.
"We have a good football team."
Weir High history was made when senior Alyssa Shingle booted home the PAT after Larch's first touchdown toss to Bennett with 6:37 left in the third quarter. It was the first point by a female in Red Riders history.
The Redskins totaled 415 yards (320 on the ground) on 63 plays.
"Some of the unforced errors that we made had nothing to do with whomever was on the field, they were our fault," said Connor. "We have to clean that up. I understand that in the opener, you have those mistakes. But, at the same token, you don't like to see that many of them.
"I think that overall, the coaches and the kids, did their jobs.
"The first thing is you win the opener. The second thing is you get everybody in the opener and the third thing is you come out of the opener without any injuries and it seems like we did that.
"We're proud of the kids. Now, we get an extra day to prepare for next week."
Indian Creek visits East Liverpool next week, while the Red Riders host Harrison Central.
Indian Creek 52, Weir 13
Weir 0 0 13 0 - 13
Indian Creek 0 20 13 19 - 52
IC: Woodbury 1 run (kick failed) 6.25
IC: Woodbury 60 run (kick failed) 5.08
IC: Lathem 1 run (Roar run) 1.41
W: Bennett 10 pass from Larch (Shingle kick) 6.37
IC: Roar 10 run (kick failed) 5.53
W: Bennett 19 pass from Larch (pass failed) 2.26
IC: Roar 7 run (Beatty kick) 1.41
IC: Roar 5 run (Beatty kick) 11.39
IC: Eakle 6 interception (kick failed)
IC: Sinsel 6 run (kick failed) 4.18
RUSHING: Weir 22-24 (Davis 5-17, Spencer 1-5, Wypasek 2-(6), Larch 16-(-6). Indian Creek 48-320 (Roar 14-114-3td, Harton 1-3, Wigal 1-8, Dailey 4-11, Connor 3-20, Puorro 7-31, Sinsel 5-14-td, Woodbury 9-83-2td, Pavlic 1-1, Lathem 3-35-td.
PASSING: Weir 7-21-38-2x-2td (Larch 7-20-38-2x-2td, Wypasek 0-1-0-0); Indian Creek 10-15-95-0-0 (Woodbury 9-13-79-0-0, Mazar 1-2-16-0-0).
RECEIVING: Weir: Bennett 3-26-2td, Rice 1-0, Davis 2-4, Frankovitch 1-8; Indian Creek Goodrich 4-37, Haught 1-10, Puorro 1-24, Dailey 1-3.
FIRST DOWNS: Weir 7, Indian Creek 15
PENALTIES: Weir 9-72, Indian Creek 17-130
FUMBLES: Weir 3-1; Indian Creek 1-1