MIDVALE -- Indian Valley High put the clincher on an OHSAA Division IV, Region 13 playoff berth and likely secured a first round home game by defeating Navarre Fairless, 33-21, in Principals Athletic Conference action on Friday.
The Braves (7-2, 4-2 PAC) piled up 437 total yards in the victory, including 325 on the ground. The one-two punch of running back Jake Davis and quarterback Brady Byers again did the damage, with Davis carrying 25 times for 137 yards and three touchdowns while Byers had 17 rushes for 151 yards and a score. Byers also completed 5-of-9 passes for an additional 112 yards.
Indian Valley scored first on a one-yard run by Davis, but the point-after kick was blocked for a 6-0 Braves' lead.
Fairless took its only lead of the night by scoring on a two-yard run by Carter Casterd later in the opening quarter, with Matt Bair's PAT kick resulting in a 7-6 advantage for the visitors.
Indain Valley tallied 10 points in the second period to take the lead for good, first on a 25-yard field goal by Konnor Cool and then on a 74-yard scamper by Byers, with Cool adding the point-after as the Braves took a 16-7 lead to the locker room.
After a scoreless third period, things heated up in the fourth frame with five scores in all.
Indiani Valley extended its lead to 19-7 on Cool's second field goal, this time from 24 yards out, and then a three-yard TD run by Davis (and Cool's PAT) made it 26-7.
Fairless cut the lead to 26-14 when Hunter Wells hit Tuke Olmstead for a 12-yard TD pass, with Bair adding the conversion kick.
Indian Valley extended the lead to 33-14 on a 20-yard run to paydirt by Davis (with Cool again kicking the PAT), and then Fairless got the game's final tally on a seven-yard TD pass from Wells to Nathan Kennedy followed by Bair's PAT.
Indian Valley had 16 first downs; did not fumble; had nine penalties for 75 yards and punted once for 46 yards. Logan Ryan caught all five Byers' passes for 112 yards.
Fairless (6-3, 3-3 PAC) managed just 58 yards net on the ground and 152 passing for a 210 total. Jeremy Mahaffey rushed 12 times for 62 yards and Wells was 13-of-23 passing with two TDs and one INT, with Austin Weyandt catching three balls for 64 yards. The visitors had 10 first downs; did not fumble; drew three flags for 15 yards and punted twice for a 36-yard average.
NEXT-- Indian Valley plays its regular season finale Thursday at Tuscarawas Valley, with kickoff at 7 p.m.