While Miller and Hill did their best football imitation of a baseball closer, it was senior running back Dominic Walker who did the early damage. Walker finished with 217 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns.
"I wanted this win pretty bad," Walker said. "We came out and played with heart until the end of the game. I couldn't have done this without my line and coaches training me. It all pays off at the end."
The majority of Walker's yards came in the first half when he rushed for 156 yards on seven carries, including a 76-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage.
"Dominic is a leader for us," Smolder said. "He has worked hard his whole career. He has a lot of heart and enthusiasm. That's what we are looking for in our program."
The Indians held a slim 18-13 halftime lead after Walker scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 8 yards. Clay (2-5) scored on a 10-yard run by William Tyler Stewart and a 57-yard run by Jordan Lucas.
The Panthers took the early third quarter lead when Lucas burst up the middle on a 54-yard touchdown run, but they were held scoreless in the final quarter.
The loss erases a monster performance by Lucas, who finished the game with 235 rushing yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns.
"We came back and played hard," said Panthers coach Steve Ware. "We put a good effort in tonight against a good team."