MINERVA --- Rushing for more than 300 yards in back-to-back weeks is a great formula to stay undefeated.
Visiting Indian Valley tallied 329 yards on the ground in its convincing 51-21 beat down of Minerva in Week 3 of high school football on Friday night to remain undefeated at 3-0.
Junior quarterback Cade Williams enjoyed a big night for Indian Valley, racking up 228 yards of total offense while tossing a trio of touchdowns and rushing for one.
Williams threw for his first touchdown with 9:44 remaining in the first quarter when he and Jarrett Swinderman for the 24-yard score.
Carson Hartrick ran in the two-point conversion giving the Braves an 8-0 lead.
Minerva (0-3) responded quickly when A.J. Vasilliu rushed for a three-yard touchdown followed by a Zerick Banner kick to bring the Lions within a point at 8-7 with 3:38 left in the first.
The Braves were able to extend their lead to 14-7 when Williams threw for his second TD pass of the day to Caden Hostetler at the end of the first quarter.
Indian Valley (3-0) would take complete command of the game in the second quarter, outscoring Minerva 30-7 in the 12 minutes to take a 44-14 halftime lead.
Scoring for the Braves in the second were Caleb Hostetler on a 39-yard pass from Williams; Caden Hostetler, who collected 15 and three-yard rushing touchdowns; and Williams who ran 33 yards to paydirt.
The lone score for the Lions in the second quarter was a three-yard pass from Brock Croston to Connor Fritz.
Following the intermission, Indian Valley scored once in the third quarter thanks to a one-yard TD run by Karson Hartrick.
Caleb Hostetler ran in the two-point conversion and the visitors led 51-14 entering the final quarter.
Vasilliu scored once more for Minerva at the 10:16 mark in the fourth quarter and Banner completed the extra-point to provide the 51-21 outcome.
The Lions' offensive attack was paced by Croston who recorded 207 yards through the air completing 15-of-28 passes. However, Croston was picked off three times by the Braves' defense, two of them by Braden Lehigh and the other by Caleb Host.
For Indian Valley, Williams finished with 143 yards through the air on 5-of-9 completions with three touchdowns. On the ground, Williams rushed for 85 yards on nine attempts followed by Caden Hostetler with 78 yards, Noah Wells with 53, Mason McKeown with 50 and Caleb Host with 40 yards.
The Braves were guilty of six penalties costing them 60 yards while the Lions only committed two infractions for 25 yards.
NEXT -- Indian Valley entertains Sandy Valley this Friday at 7 p.m.