When Sissonville had to put away Herbert Hoover once and for all Friday night, the Indians pretty much turned the ball over to Trent Stowers and blocked for him.
The Indians jumped out to a 21-0 lead and held on for a 27-20 victory on the Huskies' field in Falling Rock. In a game of long scoring plays, Stowers scored on a 60-yard run and a 35-yard pass from Austin Crawford.
All told, Stowers ran for 155 yards on 18 carries and added 52 yards on four receptions. But his best work may have come in the final 2:59, when he helped the Indians (3-3) gain three first downs to run out the clock.
He had six carries on an eight-play clock-eating drive, including gains of 3, 6, 7, 8 and 8 yards - unspectacular but effective. He made the Huskies key on him, allowing Crawford to pick up one first down with an 18-yard keeper around the end, and Jarrett Mowrer to pick up the Indians' 21st and final first down with a short gain.
That snuffed out a spirited Hoover rally and pushed Sissonville's rushing total to 303 yards.
"Trent got injured in the Scott game [Sept. 14], and I felt like in practice he prepared and finally felt better," said Indians coach Eddie Smolder. "It showed tonight on a lot of his runs. He ran hard and played with heart. Overcoming an ankle injury's hard to do."
Crawford went 9 of 12 for 120 yards and three touchdowns, also hitting Nathan Miller twice for scores. Miller caught five passes for 60 yards but could have had a 76-yard TD catch on the game's first scrimmage play. Wide open, he dropped it.
That wasn't a problem, as his 19-yard TD catch finished an 11-play drive. Stowers had a 17-yard run on a third-and-5 to keep the drive alive.
But Stowers' next run was the flashiest play of the night. Two plays after the Indians held Hoover on downs, Stowers hit a hole off right tackle, cut left and broke a few tackles, stiff-armed a pursuer and dived into the end zone for a 60-yard TD. After Tyler Shaffer's interception set up Stowers' 35-yard TD catch from Crawford, the Indians were up 21-0 early in the second quarter.
The impending rout never materialized, even though Hoover was stopped on downs at the Indians' 23-yard line on its next possession. Then a defensive touchdown started the comeback.