The Big Red won their 31st consecutive game overall and thier 41st straight regular season contest on Thursday. Steubenville coach Reno Saccoccia’s squad throttled near-by Wintersville Indian Creek, 49-0, in the opener.
Steubenville – The Big Red won their 31st consecutive game overall and thier 41st straight regular season contest on Thursday. Steubenville coach Reno Saccoccia’s squad throttled near-by Wintersville Indian Creek, 49-0, in the opener.
In a much-anticipated game by many fans, Big Red dashed any hopes of an Indian Creek upset early. The atmosphere was electric in a jam packed Harding Stadium until the game started. The first play from scrimmage saw the ball snapped over Indian Creek’s Mike Wilson’s head, however, Wilson recovered it. The play resulted in a penalty on Big Red, but just four plays later Steubenville senior Stevie Davis blocked the Creek punt. Keith Gregory recovered.
“I thought if we could survive the first five minutes we would be alright, but we didn’t,” extended a distraught Indian Creek head coach Andrew Connor.
Steubenville junior Branko Busick would eventually lumber in from four yards out for the Big Red touchdown. The point after failed.
The other two points scored in the first quarter were a result of another Indian Creek blunder in the punting game. The football squirted out of the back of the end zone, which lead to an 8-0 Steubenville lead.
Busick ended the ensuing Big Red drive with an 8-yard scoring run. Things were certainly going well for the Red and Black as an errant snap on the extra point led to a sophomore Brennan Stover to senior Josh McCloud two-point conversion, which made the score 16-0.
Steubenville wasn’t done in the second quarter, as sophomore quarterback Dwight Macon would electrify the home crowd with a 32-yard scamper to pay dirt. Stover’s point after was true.
The hosts finished off the first half scoring with another Brusick touchdown with six seconds remaining. The powerful junior’s third score came on a 1-yard run on fourth down. For the game, Busick carried the pigskin 11 times for 75 yards. Stover’s extra point made it 30-0 at the half.
The second half was much of the same as Steubenville received the second half kick off and marched for another score. This time it was junior William Jackson punching in from two yards out. The point after made it 37-0.
The third quarter scoring ended on a 7-yard jaunt by sophomore Demetrius Brandon. The score was set up by 71-yard run from Brandon earlier in the drive. The youngster showed why he has a bright future with 10 carries for 110 yards. The conversion failed making the score 43-0.
The final score came in the fourth when Michael Goodwin took an option pitch off the left side for a 62-yard score.
In all, Big Red ran for 380 yards on 45 carries.
Steubenville backs were aided by the offensive line play of seniors Phil Gilmore, Andrew Radakovich, Keith Gregory, Richard Dunn, Mike Weber, Brandyn Frey and junior Ryan Dugans. Senior tight ends Jeremy Banks and Anthony Gossett also did a nice job.
It may have seemed to the casual fan that Big Red’s running game was lighting it up, but that wasn’t exactly how Saccoccia felt.
“We’re not really a good team just yet as far as our running backs go,” Saccoccia said. “We’re not there yet, but the kids who came in tonight ran hard and got some good reads,”.
The vaunted Big Red defense put the Indian Creek rushing attack in the minus column. Creek ran the ball 26 times for negative-20 yards. Sophomore Doren Thomas led Creeks with 13 carries for 15 yards. He also caught two balls for 27 yards.
“I thought our offense played well in spurts, our defense was great, and our special teams made some plays,” Saccoccia stated.
In his first start, Macon completed 6-of-8 passes for 65 yards.
Senior quarterback Mike Wilson of Creek, when he had time to throw, was pretty effective completing 5-of-10 for 55 yards.
Steubenville will be at home against Akron Buchtel next Friday while Indian Creek will be on the road against Centerburg.