Our 117th Season
Compiled by Frank “Digger” Dawson
<2>What a difference a week makes, at least for the initial two quarters, as the East Liverpool Potters came out firing in this one, which was played at Indian Creek, on one of the hottest days of the year. Stopping the Warriors on their hosts' first possession, the Blue and White took over on their own 30 following a Jabari Taylor punt at 9:51 and promptly marched 70 yards in ten plays to make it 6-0 at 6:29. Senior Kade Reynolds carried on seven of the ten plays on the drive, including a final plunge from the three. A bad snap from center negated the extra point.
Coach Andrew Connor's crew came back with a drive of their own taking the ensuing kickoff on their 35 and marched 65 yards in six plays to tie the game on a 19-yard sprint up the middle by Zach Connor with 4:54 left on the first quarter clock however, their conversion kick failed and the score was 6-6. A run of 12 yards on a broken play by quarterback Greg Wade and a 21-yard pass completion from Wade to Anthony Krager, placing their team on the 19, were the back breakers.
Neither team could do much until the final minute of the half when Connor, again, took it to the house, this time from the one; however, Calib Agin's extra point kick failed, and it was 12-6 with a little more than a minute remaining before the break.
To their credit, Coach Josh Ludwig and his crew were not ready to roll over and play dead, as they ran off a six-play drive to start the second half before punting to their hosts who returned the favor with a punt of their own at the 6:30 mark in the third quarter.
The wheels began falling off the wagon for the Blue with the clock showing 5:44 in the third quarter when the Potters lined up to punt from their own 23. Enter Christian Getsety who blocked the kick, allowing junior Jonathan Dailey to take the stray ball to the end zone. Again was good with the extra point and it was 19-6.
The final Creek score came with three minutes left to play in the game on a 48-yard run by freshman Nick Crawford. Once again the conversion kick failed, making the final 25-6.
Kade (Reynolds) played with his heart tonight, going both ways for us,” said EL coach Josh Ludwig, “It was a hot, humid night, but our kids didn’t quit. They played with a great deal of effort. We’re not where we want to be, but we’re going to keep on working to get better.
It became a chess match as the game wore on,” said Ludwig. “We would try something and they would counter. Next they would do something, and we would counter it.”
Brandon Neville, a junior lineman for the Creek is the son of Jerry and Debbie Smith Neville, members of the Beaver Local Class of 1989.
The team traveled on two yellow school buses, accompanied by one equipment van finding their way to the visitors’ locker room which is a far distance from the playing field at Kittlewell Memorial Stadium. The trek from the locker room to the playing field is so far that the EL coaching staff did not return to the locker room at halftime.
The press box at the stadium is above average and offered a nice spread of food for the media, as well as coaches for both teams.
Due to a printer malfunction, there were no programs.
Contrary to popular opinion, the official colors for Indian Creek are Red, Gold and White. Their head football coach, Andrew Connor is a class act. He met the Potter traveling party just inside the main gate and directed them to their locker rooms.
Kade Reynolds was six stripes short of rushing for 100 yards, while Austin Mayfield was 5-for-18 passing for 26 yards. He will improve!