In a span of five minutes and 30 seconds of the first quarter, Indian Lake dropped four touchdowns on host Greenon Oct. 16, jumping out to a 27-0 lead with over four minutes left in the opening period, then adding another 21 points in the second as the Lakers trampled the Knights, 55-0, in a CBC Mad River Division game.
The win keeps the Lakers at the top of the MRD standings with a perfect 3-0 league mark and a 6-2 record overall. Greenon has failed to win a game this season.
It took the Lakers all of 52 seconds to put the first score on the board, when Joey Davidson took it to the house with 11:09 left in the quarter. The Lakers added three more touchdowns in the next five minutes. Kurt Crockett bulled his way into the end zone from ten yards out, then quarterback Alex Jacobs connected for two long scoring passes, the first to Tyler Reprogle for a 59-yard TD, and the second a 58-yard job to Davidson with over 4:30 left in the first.
The Lakers added three more touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 48-0 lead into the locker room, but let their foot off the gas in the final two periods as the continuous clock ran and the Indian Lake defense refused the Knights to gain a foot hold of any kind.
The Lakers have been justifiably proud of their defensive effort during the 2015 campaign. Indian Lake is the only team in the Central Buckeye Conference to have allowed less than 100 points this season, holding opponents to less than 10 ppg. The Lakers have been the only team this season to hold Tipp under 30 points (and 23 points under its average) and have allowed only two teams to score more than 20 points a game. The win at Greenon marks the third time this season that the Lakers have hung a goose egg on an opponent.
The Laker defense did nothing to hurt their outstanding stats against the Knights, holding the hosts to a miserly 95 total yards in offense and allowing only one pass completion for 12 yards. The Knights converted just one of 11 third-down attempts, earned a mere eight first downs, and averaged under two yards per play.
On offense, the Lakers acted with coolness and efficiency, racking up 396 total yards in the game. Quarterback Alex Jacobs ended the game with an astronomical QB rating, completing five of eight passing attempts for 168 yards and two scores, while head coach Dave Coburn spread the rock around on the ground as eight different ball carriers made 26 rushes for 228 yards and a shiny 8.8 yards-per-carry average.
Also winning Oct. 16 was Indian Lake’s long-time backyard rival, Benjamin Logan, which pasted Graham, 60-0. The win keeps the Raiders abreast of the Lakers atop the MRD standings with an equally-spotless 3-0 division record. Ben Logan takes on these very same Greenon Knights Oct. 23, the same night that Indian Lake hosts Urbana in Week 9 of the season. Should both the Lakers and the Raiders win (Greenon is 0-8, Urbana is 2-6), a showdown for the Mad River Division title will take place Oct. 30 when Indian Lake visits Benjamin Logan in Week 10.
Indian Lake fans will also be pouring over the computer rankings over the next two weeks as the Lakers have a legitimate shot at reaching the OHSAA football playoffs for the first time in school history. Only the top eight teams in each region (Indian Lake is Div. IV, Region 12) make it to the playoffs. Indian Lake went into Week 8 in the coveted eighth spot, but are at present on the outside looking in, having dropped to the ninth spot headed into Week 9.
Tom Stephens is a regular contributor to this newspaper.