MIDVALE — Host Indian Valley High jumped out to a 21-0 lead the opening quarter and never looked back in rolling over the Sandy Valley Cardinals by a 54-7 score in Inter-Valley Conference cross-over play on Friday.
Mason McKeown got things started for IV by picking off a Sandy Valley pass and returning it for a "pick six" with 6:55 remaining in the opening quarter. Caden Hostetler then ran in for the two-point conversion to spot the Braves to a 8-0 edge.
Just two minutes later, quarterback Cade Williams hooked up with Caleb Hostetler for a 33-yard scoring strike, but the run for the extra two failed giving Indian Valley a 14-0 edge with 4:55 remaining in the first period.
McKeown garnered his second score of the night before the frame ended with a six-yard run to paydirt and Williams split the uprights for the PAT to boost the lead to 21-0 going to the second round.
Early in the second frame, the Cardinals cut into the lead when Jordan Bidingmeir hit Beau Mace with a six-yard TD pass and Austin May booted the extra-point to pull Sandy Valley within a 21-7 count with 9:11 remaining before halftime.
Indian Valley (4-0) then rattled off three more scores before the half ended, with Williams connecting with Braden Lehigh for a 38-yard scoring toss and Williams then added the PAT kick ith 7:52 left in the half to up the margin to 28-7.
Caleb Hostetler then broke loose for a 40-yard TD scamper with 6:14 remaining and the Williams kick upped the difference to 35-7.
With just 38 ticks left before halftime, Williams rambled 12 yards to paydirt, but the kick failed sending the teams to the locker room with the Braves boosting a 41-7 advantage.
Following the intermission, the Braves tacked on two more scores, with Williams running eight yards for his second rushing touchdown, but again the kick failed giving Indian Valley a commanding 47-7 edge with 7:09 left in the third stanza.
The final score of the night was a 22-yard scoring run by Zach Love and Jamison Herman split the uprights to provide the 54-7 final.
Indian Valley amassed 360 yards on 45 running plays and Williams was 4-of-5 through the air for an additional 105 yards for a total of 465 yards of offense. Williams led the Braves’ ground attack with 89 yards on 10 carries with Caden Hostetler adding 68 yards on nine totes.
The two big pass plays were Caleb Hostetler with the 33-yard scoring pass and Braden Lehigh with the 38-yard TD connection.
Sandy Valley (1-3) ran the ball 15 times for a minus-one yard and completed 14-of-27 passes for 112 yards, but suffered three interceptions.
Indian Valley fumbled the ball four times and lost two, while Sandy Valley had two fumbles and lost both. The Braves were penalized eight times for 55 yards and the Cardinals drew six flags totaling 50 yards.
NEXT — Indian Valley invades Buckeye Trail on Friday, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.