INDIAN ROCKS — On the verge of breaking into the state rankings, Indian Rocks Christian knew a victory Friday night over an already ranked opponent would make a huge impact.
The Eagles (5-0) capitalized on the opportunity. Indian Rocks defeated Victory Christian Academy of Lakeland 21-14. The Storm (2-2) were ranked No. 2 in Class B.
"This was a big win for the Indian Rocks program," said winning coach Mark Buchanan.
The Eagles entered Friday night with a game plan to run up the middle. Indian Rocks won a thriller last week when fullback Lou Mason gained 147 yards on the ground, but it was obvious Victory Christian had watched game film and was prepared.
To counter, Buchanan changed game plans in the second quarter and ran the ball outside instead. This strategy meant calling on senior tailback Jonny Sitton, who more than carried the load.
Indian Rocks ran 41 offensive plays for 208 yards during the evening. Sitton was responsible for 30 of those plays and gained 188 of those yards. He scored on a 55-yard touchdown run and ran a punt back 67 yards for a touchdown.
Holding a 21-14 lead with six minutes to play in the fourth quarter, the Eagles ran out the clock on 12 running plays that covered 48 yards and four first downs. All 12 of those plays were handoffs to Sitton.
"The highlight for me was that last series, just watching my line blow up every offensive play," Sitton said. "I just ran behind them. I give them all the credit."
Mason, who had the big game last week, was limited to 14 yards on five carries. In the passing department, the Eagles were only 1-of-3, but the one catch was a touchdown pass from Blake Farver to Tyler Ostheim.