NEW CUMBERLAND - Coming into Friday's matchup with Oak Glen at the Bears' Den, Indian Creek coach Andrew Connor knew his team's biggest challenge was dealing with the big, physical front of the Golden Bears.
After a one-sided 41-9 victory, the Redskins showed the valley they were up to that challenge.
''Credit goes to our offensive line and defensive line because I thought that was where the challenge of the game was, and I thought they responded well to that challenge,'' Connor said. ''Last week we came off a gut-check win. This week we maybe we answered some critics that thought we couldn't play as well as we could.
''I thought we played well.''
Leading 7-3 after one quarter, the Redskins proceeded to run off 34 straight points, including a three-touchdown second quarter.
''I feel we came out flat and they blew us off the ball,'' Oak Glen coach Ian Whittington said. ''I think we also got outcoached.''
After Logan Woods scored from 4 yards out for the Redskins and Josh Weltner blasted a 43-yard field goal for the Golden Bears, the Redskins began their onslaught.
They went up 14-3 with 9:05 left in the second quarter when Alex Young rolled right, avoided pressure and hit Frankie Kamarec for a 14-yard score. Young also punched through the extra point on an 11-play, 72-yard drive that was helped by flags against Oak Glen for pass interference horse collar.
Later in the quarter Indian Creek went on a four-play, 41-yard drive after making Oak Glen punt from its own 6. Woods scored his second touchdown, this one from 5 yards out with 2:04 left in the half, and Young knocked home another point after. On the score the ball popped loose to Justin Stivason of the Golden Bears who appeared to be destined for a 100-yard touchdown return, but the whistle blew and it was ruled Woods crossed the plane of the end zone.
''There were a few plays, if they would have went our way, that would have changed the first half, but I can't dwell on that,'' Whittington said. ''We had to go with the hand we were dealt.''
Creek got one more before the half with the help of some defensive magic. Tyler Lathem picked off Oak Glen quarterback Bub Haddox's pass at the Redskins 45 and returned it to the 9. A 5-yard penalty against the Bears pushed the ball to the 4-yard line and three plays later Blake Roar scored from the 7 for a 28-3 halftime lead.
''I think the basic thing it comes down to is you have to play physical and play fast, and we were able to do both,'' Connor said of his team's defensive play.
Woods scored for a third time on his team's first possession of the second half, this time from 15 yards and the Redskins led 35-3.
From there it was cruise control for Indian Creek as Connor was able to go deep into his bench for playing time.
''It feels good because we were able to get some of our young kids in during the third and fourth quarters,'' he said. ''Anytime you can get kids with a lot of experience during the season it benefits you down the road.''
Both teams found the end zone one more time with Tran Huynh scoring form a yard out for Indian Creek and Cody Tropeck busting an 86-yard scoring run for Oak Glen to make the final 41-9.
The Redskins rushing attack grinded out 256 yards on 49 carries. Woods led the way with 13 carries for 94 yards and three scores. Huyhn added 11 for 65 and a touchdown.
''Basically just lined up and told our kids if you want to be a good football team, even if the other team puts nine or 10 guys in the box, you have to be able to run the football,'' Connor said. ''I thought our kids responded well to it.''
The usually potent Oak Glen run game was held to 102 yards on 36 plays. Tropeck had three carries for 82 yards and a score in the fourth quarter to bolster those numbers. The Golden Bears had minus-16 yards on the ground in the first half.
''We lost on the offensive line,'' Whittington said. ''We were blown off the ball. We won on the offensive line in our last game, and they beat us off the ball in this game.''