MILLERSBURG - With the Ohio Division III, Region 11 playoff game between Indian Creek and West Holmes knotted at 7-7 at halftime both teams were searching for a play to swing momentum in its favor.
The Knights found that play on their second drive of the second half from quarterback Gabe Snyder, and things snowballed from there en route to a 35-7 victory against the Redskins on Saturday night at West Holmes High School.
"It's one of those things," Indian Creek coach Andrew Connor said. "They're a good football team, and they made a few more plays than we did.
"One thing I can't say enough was the kids never quit. They played hard, it just wasn't our night."
Snyder, who on seven first half drop backs went 0-for-5 with and interception and was sacked twice, faked a handoff, booted right, and found clear sailing down the home sideline for a 61-yard touchdown run. Logan Gallion knocked the extra point through and West Holmes led 14-7 with 9:26 left in the third quarter.
Things continued to swing to the Knights' side on their next possession.
Snyder threw the ball up for grabs on second-and-seven to Brady Arnold who was covered step-for-step by Frankie Kamarec. Arnold tipped the ball up and pulled in a circus grab for a 31-yard gain at the Indian Creek 35. Four plays later, Garrett Mackey ran in from eight yards out and Gallion hit the PAT for the 21-7 lead.
Another big play set up the Knights on their next possession. Facing a third-and-26, West Holmes handed off to Layne Perone who busted loose for a 29-yard scamper and a first down. Three plays later, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Snyder hit Arnold for a 30-yard touchdown. Gallion's point after made the score 28-7 and West Holmes cruised form there.
The Knights added one more score on a Perone six-yard run to make the final 35-7.
"I just think West Holmes is good, and they just caused us some trouble up front," said Connor. "We just couldn't get anything clicking. We had a couple plays that were called back.
"It was some early mistakes. Sometimes you shoot yourself in the foot and it hurts you, and those things hurt us."