CUYAHOGA FALLS -- Taking advantage of opportunities, the host Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Royals posted a 31-18 win over the visiting Indian Valley Braves on Friday.
CVCA got off to a quick start with a 65-yard scoring jaunt by Andrew Schauer in the initial quarter and Jared Friszman added the point after to give the hosts a 7-0 advantage.
In the second frame, the Royals added to the lead with Josh Decatur blasting in from two yards out and Friszman again added the PAT boot for a 14-0 edge.
Before halftime, the Braves cut into the lead with Jake Davis scoring on a six-yard run, but the kick for the point after failed sending the teams to the locker room for the intermission with CVCA holding onto a 14-6 lead.
Following halftime, Friszman booted a 24-yard field goal to up the Royals' edge to 17-6, but Indian Valley responded with Davis throwing a halfback pass to Logan Ryan for a 50-yard scoring strike to narrow the margin to 17-12. The Braves attempted to pass for the two point conversion but it fell incomplete.
Decatur struck twice for the Royals in the final quarter scoring on a five-yard run, then scooping up one of five Indian Valley fumbles and returning it 10 yards to the house. Friszman converted both point-after kicks to give the hosts a commanding 31-12 lead.
Davis closed out the scoring for Indian Valley with his second touchdown of the night, this one a two-yard scamper, but the run for the extra two points came up short providing the 31-18 final.
Indian Valley (2-3, 1-1 PAC) dominated most of the statistics, but CVCA took advantage of its opportunities. The Braves suffered five fumbles, losing three including the one that Decatur returned for a score.
The Braves accumulated 15 first downs to only eight by the Royals. IV ran off 43 rushing plays for a net 228 yards and two scores and added 52 yards via the airways. Quarterback Brady Byers was 2-for-10 for two yards, while Davis threw the halfback pass for the 50-yard score.
Ryan hauled in two catches for 47 yards and the one touchdown, while Brett Cox added one reception for five yards. Ryan also returned three kickoffs for 51 yards and had one punt return for five yards, while Byers ran back two for 22 yards and Cox one for 35. The Braves were flagged four times for 27 yards and had two punts, each covering 38 yards.
CVCA (3-2, 2-0 PAC) ran the ball 46 times for 184 net yards and three scores and added 42 yards passing. Quarterback Antonio Carroscia was 2-of-6 through the air with no interceptions and Decatur had one catch for 36 yards and Arthur Dunkley added one grab for six yards. Decatur had one kickoff return for 26 yards and one punt return for eight yards.
NEXT-- Indian Valley entertains Akron Manchester on Friday at 7 p.m.