BY JIM HAYNES
Times-Reporter sports writer
MIDVALE It was a power running attack on display, as Indian Valley remained perfect on the season by beating the Timken Trojans 37-21.
The final score was not indicative of how close Friday’s game it actually was.
The two teams traded scores in the first half as Indian Valley struck first on a powerful
20-yard touchdown run by Jake Davis.
The drive was highlighted by a 45-yard scamper from Logan Ryan on a third-down play. Timken came right back with a score of their own by quarterback Nick Johnson on a 6-yard run.
Indian Valley struck again as Davis bulled his way to the end zone for an 11-yard score. On the first play after the ensuing kickoff, Timken answered, as Johnson took off down the sideline for an electrifying 57-yard touchdown. The point after was blocked, leaving the score 14-13 as the two teams headed to the locker room.
The second half was dominated by the Braves as they controlled the clock with a powerful running attack.
Ryan opened the scoring in the second half with a 37-yard touchdown run, slicing through the defense making several players miss tackles. The two point conversion was good and the Braves led 22-13. Timken drove the ball down field on the ensuing drive reaching the two yard line, only to have a false start penalty push them back on third and goal. The Braves defense held tough forcing the ball over on downs at the 8-yard line.
The Braves then put together the drive of the game going 92 yards on 12 plays culminating in another touchdown run by Davis as he ran over defenders from 21 yards out. That score put the game out of reach at 30-13.
After the game, Braves head coach Matt Lancaster was happy about the win, but noted that his team needed a gut check at halftime.
“We got beat up on the front line in that first half. They (Timken) were just more physical than we were, so I told the guys we have to be more aggressive in the second half to have a chance to win this game.”
The Braves were led by Jake Davis as he carried the ball 29 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns. His teammate Logan Ryan was just as effective, carrying the ball 15 times for 141 yards and two scores.
The Braves remain unbeaten on the season improving to 5-0 (2-0), while Timken falls to 3-2 (0-2).