MASSILLON -- The Indian Valley Braves capitalized on a pair of 200-yard rushers Friday night to defeat host Massillon Tuslaw, 51-20, in the Pac-7 opener for both teams.
The Braves (4-0, 1-0 Pac-7) rushed for 514 yards and outgained the Mustangs, 521 to 290 yards, led by Jake Davis with 212 yards and three scores on 28 carries while Brady Byers chipped in 202 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries.
Indian Valley's Byers opened the scoring with a 45-yard run in the first quarter, and Konner Cool added the point-after conversion for a 7-0 cushion.
Davis increased the Indian Valley lead on the visitors' next possession by scoring on a one-yard scoring run. Cool's second point-after kick kept the lead at 14-0.
The visitors increased their lead in the second quarter on a 40-yard run by Byers and a two-point conversion pass from Logan Ryan to Davis for a 22-0 advantage over the Mustangs (1-3, 0-1 Pac-7).
Indian Valley continued to build the lead in the second frame with a 15-yard run by Ryan and Cool's third PAT kick.
Tuslaw finally found its way to the end zone in the second quarter when Gage Lau scored on a four-yard run. The point-after kick was converted by Grant Greenfelder to cut the deficit to 29-7 at the half.
Indian Valley picked up right where it left off in the second half on a six-yard touchdown run by Davis, who also added the point-after conversion for a 36-7 cushion.
Mason Karn scored the next touchdown for Tuslaw on a nine-yard run. Greenfelder again added the point-after conversion for a 36-14 deficit.
Byers tallied his third touchdown on a 25-yard jaunt early in the fourth quarter. Cool again added the point-after conversion for a 44-14 lead.
It was Davis' turn on the next possession as he rambled 25 yards to the end zone. The point-after kick by Cool was successful to boost the advantage to 51-14.
Tuslaw's Jacob Ressler closed the scoring on a 25-yard run in the fourth quarter. The point-after kick failed, leaving Massillon Tuslaw on the short end of a 51-20 score.
In addition to Davis and Byers' rushing efforts, Indian Valley received 70 yards and a score from Ryan. Byers completed just 1-of-3 pass attempts for seven yards -- a screen pass to Davis.
Defensively for the Braves, Brady Cotsmire tallied two interceptions.
For Tuslaw, Karn rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries while Lau completed 11-of-29 pass attempts for 100 yards. Karn was the leading receiver with four catches for 30 yards.
The Braves tallied 21 first downs and recovered one of two fumbles by the visitor's offense. Indian Valley was also whistled for 75 yards on seven penalties and finished with just one punt for 24 yards.
NEXT-- Indian Valley welcomes Canton Timken on Friday at 7 p.m.