CHARLOTTESVILLE — Despite a 22-point comeback effort in the fourth quarter, the Eastern Hancock Royals fell to the Indian Creek Braves 42-32.
The loss drops the Royals to 2-1, their best start since 2005.
On the first play from scrimmage for Eastern Hancock, sophomore Logan Splater threw an interception that led to Indian Creek scoring the games first of many touchdowns on five-play, 40-yard drive.
“When you give a team like Indian Creek a short field with that quarterback (senior Matthew Wray) they just have to make just a couple plays,” EH coach Pat Echeverria said. “When they had to drive the entire field it made it tougher on them.”
Wray went on to throw for 268 yards and four touchdowns.
The Royals offense bounced back on their next possession. With a mix of Splater passes and Spencer Gilbert running, they marched down the field to get on the scoreboard after a 28-yard Cooper Henderson field goal.
After both teams had short quick drives to open the game, Indian Creek began a nearly five minute drive capped off 24-yard touchdown toss to Brenden Smith, his first of two touchdown receptions.