Southern Indians (5-3 Overall) (5-1 EOAC-1st Place)

The Indians Won Their Third Title in a Row in 2020

The Southern Local Indians have done something that no other program has accomplished in the EOAC. They now hold three straight league championships in their trophy case.

Despite all the uncertainty of this season and a disappointing loss to start the year, the Indians battled back following a 1-point loss to Leetonia to go on to beat co-champion United and grab a share of the 2020 league crown. All of that following the loss of many starters from one of it's best teams in program history in 2019. That in itself speaks volumes to the perseverance of the Indians senior players who worked hard to defend their 2018 and 2019 championships.

Unfortunately, the Indians season ended on a bit of a down note with a loss to Newalk St.Paul in the playoffs followed by a game with Harrison Central being cancelled due to covid and a loss to East Liverpool in the season finale. But that shouldn't take away from another special year in Indians football history. And maybe even gives them something to focus on in the off-season workouts, getting rid of that bad taste in their mouths.

The Indians finished third in both offensive and defensive scoring in the league with the offense putting up 30.4 points per game while only giving up 19.6 points per contest. In fact, the Indians pass defense was the top in the conference.

Leading the way for the Indians offense was Brad Sloan with 520 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns and 23 receptions for 557 yards receiving and 4 additional scores. Hunter Morris was one of the league's top running backs with over 400 yards on the ground despite being pretty banged up at the end of the year. Quarterback Josh Pratt threw for over 1,000 yards and 8 passing TD's on the season to help lead the Indians offense.

Defensively, senior Jayden Madison was a terror to opposing quarterbacks all year, while Morris was a stalwart on defense from his linebacker spot. Sloan and Pratt in the secondary held the opposition in check in the passing game.

The very successful 2020 season helped the Indians land nine players on the league's all-star football team including Sloan, Morris, Pratt, Timmy West, and Chance Wooley all making the first team. Wyatt Morris, James Burris, Peyton Hershman, and Colton Soukup were honored with the second team. Hunter Robinson was named as an honorable mention player.

The Indians may be graduating a number of key players, but they also had many second string guys who stepped into key games and performed well at the varsity level. It will be important for coach Wright and his staff to continue to develop those younger players this off-season. Ryan Exline looks to take over at quarterback while Frank Shagnot, Noah Perfetto, Wyatt Morris, and Cooper Edmonton all look to take over the running back duties. Add in another Sloan, Cameron at receiver along with tight end Colton Soukup and it is easy to see that the future is bright for the Indians to be in the thick of the league race again in 2021.