Silver Creek proved its unbeaten record is no fluke during a convincing 42-14 victory over Brownstown Central’s football team on Friday night.
The Dragons (8-0) scored on their first six possessions and were never seriously threatened by the Braves, who entered the contest with hopes of taking a share of the Mid-Southern Conference title.
“They’re good,” Brownstown head coach Reed May said simply. “They’re a big school and they’re dominating the conference in all sports, and now their football program has caught up. It was just a matter of time. They’re big, they’re strong and they’re fast. And they had a great game plan.”
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Silver Creek established its dominance early on Friday. In the first quarter, the Dragons ran 18 plays for 235 yards and scored two touchdowns. Brownstown managed just 10 yards on four plays during the same period.
For the game, Silver Creek outgained Brownstown in offensive yardage by a 550-268 margin. The Dragons ran for 316 yards, while limiting the Braves to 182 yards.
Perhaps no player had a better night than Silver Creek quarterback Dylan Meyers, who had a perfect first half on the field — with 228 yards and three touchdowns on 7-for-7 passing — and then was crowned Homecoming king at halftime.
Brownstown’s Jayden Steinkamp closed Silver Creek’s early lead to 14-7 when he ran for an eight-yard touchdown with 9:56 left in the second quarter.
But the Dragons barely seemed to notice, responding with their own eight-yard TD run by Ben Landers and a 70-yard flea flicker touchdown pass from Meyers to Trey Schoen.
Schoen, a junior, was a weapon for Silver Creek all night, finishing with 200 receiving yards on seven catches. Meyers ended with 234 passing yards on 8-for-9 passing.
Complementing the passing game were Landers, who ran for 164 yards on 20 carries, and sophomore fullback Lashun Mays, who ended with 72 bruising yards on 15 attempts.
Brownstown scored a second touchdown on a well-executed 36-yard pass from quarterback Kiernan Tiemeyer to receiver Carson Darlage with 6:57 to go in the third quarter. That play cut SC’s lead to 35-14, which was as close as the Braves could make it.
Tiemeyer finished with 86 yards on 4-for-9 passing, with Darlage accounting for two catches for 76 yards. The Braves were led on the ground by Steinkamp, who ran for 65 yards on 12 carries. Lucas Hines added 61 yards on just five carries.
“I thought we moved the ball well, but we didn’t have it enough,” May said. “Offensively, we had a good plan, but the bottom line is they manhandled us. They were more physical than we were.”
Friday’s loss was Brownstown’s first-ever to Silver Creek. The Braves entered with a 9-0 record against the Dragons, who started their football program in 2011. Silver Creek secured its first Mid-Southern Conference title with the win.
The 28-point loss was the largest suffered by Brownstown since November 2018 when the Braves fell by the same score to Evansville Memorial in the regional.