The Indians managed only 12 total yards, including minus-10 rushing yards, in a miserable first half. It was over halfway through the second quarter when Ohatchee managed its initial first down.
By that time, the Hornets had built a 21-0 lead on the strength of a versatile attack.
Ider spread the ball around to a series of backs, who all seemingly found open space against Ohatchee’s defense.
The Hornets featured a dynamic running game that relied on misdirection. These multiple formations and fakes often left the Ohatchee defenders flatfooted, and paved the way for Ider to amass more than 200 yards rushing on four first half possessions.
Greg Whitaker led the way, as he piled up 157 yards on 12 carries. The junior showed more speed than the prototypical fullback, as he broke several lengthy runs.
He never found the end zone, but his backfield mates were not to be denied that honor. Eric Blalock got the Hornets on the board with a 15-yard run.
Dylon Overdear, who filled the wingback role, ran for an even 100 yards and two touchdowns. The second of those was a 32-yard score that ended with a mammoth stiff-arm to his opposite number, Abram Longoria.
Quarterback Seth Finch attempted only three passes on the night, but all three were complete, and the last one — with 6:50 remaining in the second quarter — resulted in a 19-yard touchdown reception for Avery Morton.
That propelled the Hornets to a three-score lead that was never going to be threatened by an Ohatchee offense that, when it was able to get out of its own way, found yardage desperately difficult to come by.
When the teams went into the locker room, there was no doubt that Ider was much better on both offense and defense. Early in the second half, the Hornets’ special teams proved their superiority as well.
After yet another three-and-out for the Ohatchee offense, Ty Dulaney’s punt was partially blocked, and it rolled about 10 yards downfield. Ider’s Caleb Higdon was alert to the fact that the Ohatchee players were not around the ball, and picked the ball up. Higdon raced 44 yards to the end zone to put the Hornets out of sight.
From there, Ider’s defense continued to overwhelm an Ohatchee offense that took until deep in garbage time to achieve100 total yards.
Ohatchee was finally able to get on the board with 10 minutes remaining in the game when Jackson Curvin recovered a fumble that set up the Indians at Ider’s 24. On the second play, Brandon Vice scored on a 14-yard run that closed the scoring.
Ider (6-1, 5-1 Class 2A, Region 6) remained in second place in the region, while Ohatchee (2-5, 1-5) fell to the brink of postseason elimination.