AKRON -- State-ranked Indian Valley High suffered its first loss of the season Friday, falling by a 28-14 count to homestanding Manchester in Principals Athletic Conference action.
After a scoreless first quarter, Manchester (6-1, 3-1 PAC) jumped on top with two touchdowns in the second period.
John Beavers tallied the first six-pointer on a one-yard run and Austin Klein scored from 28 yards out for the second TD. Matt Eidom added the point-after kick following each score as Manchester assumed a 14-0 upperhand.
Indian Valley cut into the lead thanks to a 55-yard TD run by Brady Byers, but the kick failed leaving the Braves on the short end of a 14-6 score at the half.
Kelin tallied on a one-yard run in the third chapter and Eidom added the placement to boost Manchester's lead to 21-6, but Indian Valley's Jake Davis countered with a 65-yard scoring sprint, followed by a two-point conversion pass from Logan Ryan to Byers, to pull the Braves within 21-14.
The visitors were on the verge of pulling even in the fourth quarter thanks to a drive that carried all the way to the Manchester five-yard line, but a fumble brought the bid to an end and Manchester drove to a game-clinching touchdown.
Manchester finished with 465 total yards, including 377 on the ground and 88 through the air. Klein carried 24 times for 177 yards and two TDs while Beavers had 14 rushes for 95 yards and a score. The winners were 9-of-14 passing with one interception, with Nick Bryant grabbing five passes for 42 yards.
Manchester had 22 first downs; lost its only fumble; was penalized four times for 50 yards and punted once for 45 yards.
Indian Valley (6-1, 3-1 PAC) managed 311 total yards, with 296 rushing and just 15 passing. Byers carried five times for 177 yards and completed 3-of-8 passes while Davis chipped in 10 rushes for 88 yards.
The Braves, who entered the week ranked eighth in the AP Division IV state poll and third in the OHSAA Division IV, Region 13 computer ratings, notched just five first downs; lost their only fumble; drew seven flags for 60 yards and punted four times for a 33-yard average.
NEXT-- Indian Valley will attempt to rebound from at Wooster Triway, with kickoff at 7 p.m.