Harrison Central explodes on Creek
CADIZ – Truer words were never spoken then when an Indian Creek videographer remarked Friday night that ”When it goes your way, it goes your way.”
And he wasn’t referring to his Redskins. By then, the team from Jefferson County was long out of it.
David Miser threw for 328 yards and Dalton Rutter and Nate Olmstead both had more than 100 yards of receiving as Harrison Central whipped Indian Creek 49-28 in the final game of the season at Wagner Field.
”We wanted to send our seniors out with a win (in their final home game),” Harrison Central head coach Justin Kropka said. ”The kids grew up a little bit.
”We’ve been waiting for this to happen. You never know when it’s going to happen.”
Kropka was referring to the Huskies’ offensive explosion.
Harrison Central scored on its first six possessions and didn’t punt until the second half.
”I didn’t see it coming,” a dejected Indian Creek head coach Andrew Connor said.
”I never would’ve thought the game would’ve got out of hand that quickly.”
But it did.
The Huskies took the opening kickoff and marched right down the field in 11 plays to take the lead on a 9-yard run by quarterback David Miser. The first of seven Geoff Pecar PATs made the score 7-0.
Following a Creek four-and-out, the Huskies reached the end zone again, this time in six plays.
This time it was Travis Stenson scoring the first of his three touchdowns, this one from a yard away, to help make the score 14-0.
On the Huskies’ next drive, Stenson ran untouched for an 18-yard touchdown that upped the lead 21-0.
Clearly, the Huskies had the Redskins’ number.
”We didn’t see anything on film than we normally see any other week,” Kropka said. ”I thought the adjustments they were making were excellent. We just made plays.
”Our kids were in the right spots all night. Our kids were just able to make the plays.”
Meanwhile, the Redskins struggled early to put anything together.
”I must have missed something earlier in the week that I didn’t see,” Connor said.
”It was execution. We just didn’t execute on either side of the ball. Things that we had done well in the past we just didn’t do well (Friday).
”You can’t let a team as well-coached as Harrison have opportunities and we let them.”
While the bulk of the Harrison Central’s early scores were coming via the run, they were being set by the arm of Miser.
Early in the second Miser hit Nico Williams for 21 yards, then connected with Olmstead, who made a diving grab for 30 yards that set up the Huskies at the Creek 3.
Stenson scored his final rushing TD on the next play that made the score 28-0.
”I was worried (about their offense),” Connor said. ”I said all the week they had a good passing game and they play a demanding schedule.
”I tried to tell the kids they would give us their best effort and they did.”
The Redskins finally got on the scoreboard on their ensuing possession on a 12-yard run by Blake Roar.
But the Huskies responded with another score, this one a 20-yard screen pass from Miser to Stenson with 54 seconds left in the half.
But Harrison Central wasn’t done scoring in the first half.
The ensuing kickoff hit an Indian Creek defender and the Huskies recovered at the Creek 49. One play later, Miser found Rutter at the 12. The senior made a leaping grab then waltzed into the end zone to make the count 42-7.
”It just seemed like the balls bounced our way,” Kropka said. ”Sometimes you have nights like that.”
Rutter finished with 149 yards receiving, while Olmstead had 109.
And after turning the ball over six times in a loss at Bellaire last week, the Huskies had no miscues Friday.
”We did a lot of the little things right,” Kropka said, ”and when you do that, many times it ends up well for you.”
”The kids played sharp.”
The Huskies improved to 4-5 and jumped to ninth in Division V, Region 15, but were still eliminated from playoff contention. They finish the season next Friday at Buckeye Local.
Indian Creek also stands at 5-4.
”I feel like I let the kids down and the coaches down,” Connor said. ”We have one game left at Edison and it’s the biggest rival on our schedule and we’re gonna have to bounce back.”