SMITHVILLE, Tenn.–Indian head coach Adam Caine had but words to say after Friday night’s 20-3 win on the road in Dekalb County.
“We’re 6-0 baby,” Caine said.
For Caine, he had heard all the talk about not being able to throw the ball. In fact–just last week–he witnessed a huge rivalry win, all without completing a single throw.
“In terms of having to overcome a lot and having to throw the ball a little bit…it was great to see up step up,” Caine said. “But mostly to shut everybody up about how we can’t throw a pass. We got a goose egg at Bledsoe County in the passing department, so we really worked on that.”
The Indians came into the night hoping to spark the air attack, and senior signal-caller Ethan Barker did just that as the game progressed.
“The touchdown pass was very pretty,” Caine said referring to a 17-yarder from Barker to Hunter Davenport. “Barker’s a stud. He can throw the ball, but it’s just that, at times, thing break down around him. But tonight, he completed some big balls. Last week, they gave us some looks we weren’t prepared for, and we got into that ‘nail-biting’ time, so we said forget it. We’re going to stick to what we do really, really well. We realized coming out of that, we’ve got to throw.”
And that’s just what the Indians did in their second score of the game. That was, after Adam Pickett ran for a 50-yard touchdown with 8:27 left in the second quarter. The ‘pretty’ pass would happen just minutes before halftime as Barker and Davenport connected on a 17-yard touchdown.
Heading into halftime, the Indians had something they very seldom experience: a solidified win against a big opponent. The Tigers would score a field goal off the foot of Matthew Poss in the third, but ultimately the Indians would keep Dekalb County out of the end zone.
Finishing up the night in scoring, Hunter Davenport dipped in for a 2-yard run with a botched hold on the PAT attempt. Davenport would rack up 99 yards on the ground with 17 rushes and a touchdown. He also had 17 yards receiving and a touchdown through the air.
Austin Stevens led all rushers with 113 yards on 22 carries. Ethan Barker, through the air, amassed 73 yards, going 4-for-8 with a touchdown. Abraham Martinez with 2 for 3 on PAT attempts.
The biggest statline missing in the game, though, was a Tiger who gave several region coaches headaches for the past three years, Steven Jennings.
“We put in a little deal last spring specifically for Dekalb County and ultimately Jennings,” Caine said. “And we probably ran that fifty percent of the time tonight, so Jennings being out didn’t affect us that much. That being said, Jennings is a division one player for a reason. I’m not sitting here telling you we would have held them to three points, but I think we would have cometed against him a little better than we did last year.”
The Indians move to 6-0 (3-0) and host 6A Warren County in Dunlap next week. The Tigers fall to 4-3 (2-1) and travel to Grundy County who is coming fresh off of a bye week in Coalmont.
SCHS — 0 | 14 | 0 | 6 || 20
DCHS — 0 | 0 | 3 | 0 || 3
2nd (8:27) Adam Pickett, 50 Yard Rush [Martinez Kick Good]–Sequatchie County 7, Dekalb County 0
2nd (1:31) Ethan Barker, 17 Yard Pass to Hunter Davenport [Martinez Kick Good]–Sequatchie County 14, Dekalb County 0
3rd (4:58) Matthew Poss, 25 Yard Field Goal Good—Sequatchie County 14, Dekalb County 3
4th (11:30) Hunter Davenport, 2 Yard Rush [Failed 2-Pt. Conv.]—Sequatchie County 20, Dekalb County 3