SELLERSBURG — It was complete domination from start to finish.
The Silver Creek offense managed 410 yards despite a running clock in the second half. And the offense wasn’t even its most impressive unit.
The Dragon defense completed its fourth straight shutout and remains one of two teams statewide yet to be scored upon after Friday’s 48-0 win over Eastern.
“They just keep playing a little better every week,” Silver Creek coach John Dablow said of his defense. “Once again, they did a fantastic job of controlling the line of scrimmage and flying around making tackles.”
The Musketeers had the ball at the Silver Creek 4-yard line late in the fourth quarter after a fumbled punt by the Dragons. After pushing Eastern back to the 7, Silver Creek preserved its streak when it stopped Parker Wallingford at the 4 on fourth down. It was the Musketeers’ final play from scrimmage.
“It’s a big one,” said senior Jacob Garrett, who watched the Dragons’ second team keep Eastern off the board. “We wanted that one to keep the streak going. I know everyone’s talking about [the possibility of six shutouts in a row], but we’re going for nine and keep going from there.”
Silver Creek out-gained the Musketeers 356-5 in the first half. Garrett did much of the damage with 121 yards from scrimmage before the break. He finished with 145 yards on the ground and 45 through the air.
Bennett Beyl scored the game’s first touchdown on a 26-yard pass from Josh Landers. He also set up Brannon Russell’s 1-yard plunge with a 37-yard reception with four minutes left in the first period. Landers finished 4-for-5 for 108 yards.
“I think Josh threw the ball as well as I’ve seen him in a game,” Dablow said. “It’s nice having a big receiver go up and get the ball, which is what Bennett did.”
The Dragons led 21-0 after Garrett’s 3-yard run. Elijah Bays scored twice in the second period and Beyl’s 36-yard interception return put Silver Creek ahead 41-0 at halftime. Five different Silver Creek players scored in the win. Jacob Graf finished the scoring with a 1-yard run with 3:30 to go in the third period.
“It makes us a lot more deadly throughout the entire team,” Garrett said. “Two years ago and last year, it was just key on me or key on Brannon.”
“Now we’ve got five, six, seven people who can touch the ball and make a difference.”
Silver Creek will try to make it five straight wins — and five consecutive shutouts — to start the season next Friday at Scottsburg.
The schedule gets tougher after hosting Clarksville in two weeks.
“We know Scottsburg’s improved. We’ve played all of them since youth league,” Garrett said. “We’ve got to stay focused all week in practice. Just have to stay focused the next two weeks with an eye on a bigger prize.”
SILVER CREEK 48, EASTERN 0
Eastern 0 0 0 0— 0
Silver Creek 21 20 7 0—48
S — Bennett Beyl 26 pass from Josh Landers (Daniel Barrett kick), 6:50.
S — Brannon Russell 1 run (Barrett kick), 4:24.
S — Jacob Garrett 3 run (Barrett kick), 1:44.
S — Elijah Bays 14 run (Barrett kick), 9:14.
S — Bays 1 run (kick failed), 4:38.
S — Beyl 36 interception return (Barrett kick), 3:00.
S — Jacob Graf 1 run (Barrett kick), 3:30.
Passing: Eastern (4-17-19-3) — Todd Branaman 4-17-19-3; Silver Creek (4-5-108-0) — Josh Landers 4-5-108-0.
Rushing: Eastern (19-21) —
Receiving: Eastern — Leif Edlin 1-13, Wallingford 3-6; Silver Creek — Beyl 2-63, Garrett 2-45
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