MIDVALE - Host Indian Valley remained perfect on the year with a 33-14 Inter-Valley Conference South Division win over the visiting Ridgewood Generals Friday.
Caden Hostetler was the big gun for the Braves as he carried the ball 32 times for 336 yards and scored all five of Indian Valley’s touchdowns.
The Braves (6-0, 1-0 IVC South) jumped to an early lead in the opening quarter, with Hostetler rambling 42 yards for the first score of the night and Cade Williams split the uprights with the PAT kick with 6:09 remaining in the first to give Indian Valley the early lead.
There was a lot of scoring late in the second quarter, with Hostetler picking up his second TD on a 21-yard scamper with 2:58 remaining before the half and Williams again added the PAT boot for a 14-0 edge.
With just 52 second left in the half, Kolton Alexander got the Generals on the scoreboard with a one-yard plunge and Keith Claxton added the point-after kick to cut the difference to 14-7.
However, the scoring was finished in the half yet as Hostetler bulled in from the three with just 21 ticks showing, but the kick for the PAT failed sending the teams to the locker room with Indian Valley on top of a 20-7 margin.
Ridgewood (4-2, 0-1 IVC) cut into the deficit early in the third frame, with Kaden Smith scoring on a four-yard run and Claxton split the uprights with the PAT boot to narrow the margin to 20-14.
Indian Valley responded with Hostetler running in from 10 yards out with 56 seconds left in the third, but the running attempt for the two-point conversion failed sending the teams to the final 12 minutes with the Braves leading, 26-14.
Hostetler picked up his final score of the night with 4:40 remaining in the game with a 40-yard run to paydirt and Williams added the PAT kick to provide the 33-14 final.
Indian Valley rolled up 556 yards of rushing offense on 56 carries, with Williams following Hostetler with 159 yards on 14 attempts. He also completed 1-of-5 passes for an additional 30 yards with Caleb Hostetler on the receiving end. The Braves were flagged 18 times for a whopping 205 yards and fumbled the ball away once.
Ridgewood managed just 60 yards of offense on the ground on 27 attempts, but Alexander completed 11-of-20 passes for 153 yards with four ‘picks’. The Generals also fumbled once and lost it, but were penalized four times for 12 yards.
NEXT — Ridgewood hosts Garaway on Friday while Indian Valley invades Newcomerstown the same night. Both games begin at 7 p.m.
NEXT - Both teams have home games on Friday - Indian Valley entertains Newcomerstown while Ridgewood welcomes Garaway. Kick-off at both sites is at 7 p.m.