Blaze Burns Red Hawks in Second Half

It was a middle Tennessee affair in the N2 Hoops Invitational Tuesday night at Bob Jones High School in Madison, AL, as the Creek Wood Red Hawks battled the Blackman Blaze out of Murfreesboro. Both teams went to the state tournament last season, with Creek Wood in Class AA and Blackman in AAA, making this matchup a must-watch event. The Red Hawks were red-hot early, and led for much of the first half, but the shooting cooled off in the second half as the Blaze got stronger. In the end, Blackman salted away a hard-fought 66-48 win and advanced in the tournament, while the Red Hawks ended their run in Huntsville, due to the unique format of the event–a single-elimination tournament with a guarantee of at least two games for each team.

Creek Wood started off the game red-hot, shooting 41% from the floor, including a 6-of-13 half from three. Ross Cummings and Ross “Chico” Plunkett did the bulk of the heavy lifting in the first half, and after winning the first quarter 14-11 the Red Hawks stretched out a lead in the second. Unfortunately, the Blaze used physical play and high percentage shooting to their advantage as the Alabama officials let a lot of fouls go for both teams. Just before halftime, Blackman was able to retake the lead at 29-28 off the strong play of post Christian DeWitt, and the Blaze took that score into the locker room.

In the second half, Blackman took that momentum and tried to take over the game. The orange-clad Blaze blitzed Creek Wood 16-8 in the third, and Blackman began to get calls in the second half as well. As Blackman heated up, shooting 11 of 18 from the floor in the second half, the Red Hawks went cold, finishing 6 of 24 in the half for 25%. Even with DeWitt sidelined after a collision with a teammate and a loose ball sent him to the locker room to stuff tissues up his nose, the Red Hawks had no answer for the physical, up-tempo pounding and the impressively deep bench of the Blaze.

A 21-12 fourth put the game away for Blackman, aided in part by Creek Wood’s attempts to foul the Blaze players in the closing minutes of the game to get the ball back, but the Red Hawks took the loss 66-48. Blackman iced the game at the free throw line, going 13 of 17, while CWHS only attempted 6 foul shots all game. The Blaze did manage 10 more defensive stops against Creek Wood than the Red Hawks had against them, but Ross Cummings and company were pressing in the second half to turn the tide, shooting 46% from outside in the first half but a cool 33% in the second.

DeWitt led the way for Blackman with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Jarrell Reeves also had 12 points and 5 rebounds, while Deonte Alley added 9 points for BHS. Creek Wood was led by MVP Ross Cummings with a game-high 23 points and 7 rebounds, plus an assist and 2 steals. Plunkett added 10 points, 6 boards, and a steal; Aaron Daniel added 8 points, while Coulter Dotson added 5 points and Gabe Cummings 2 from the charity stripe.

Creek Wood returns home after a  1-1 showing in the Huntsville tournament, but the girls open play in Chapel Hill Wednesday at noon, before returning to action Friday and Saturday.

CW Rallies to Win in Huntsville Opener

The Creek Wood Red Hawks put on a show in Huntsville on Monday afternoon. After trailing by 2 points at the half, Creek Wood opened the second half with a 16-4 burst, and turned away Sparkman (AL) 65-56. Ross Cummings led the way with 23 points, while, twin brother Gabe added 11. Ross “Chico” Plunkett poured in 18 points, while Coulter Dotson chipped in 9.

The Red Hawks face Middle Tennessee foe Blackman on Tuesday afternoon at 8pm as the tournament at Bob Jones High School continues.

Cheatham County Sweeps CW in Season Opener

The Creek Wood basketball programs looked to open the regular season with a flourish, hosting Cheatham County for a non-district doubleheader on Friday. The Cubs and Lady Cubs decided to play spoiler, however, as they swept the Red Hawks and Lady Red Hawks in front of a boisterous crowd in Charlotte.

The Lady Cubs came out firing to open the night, proving that a short 9-girl bench was not an issue. Cheatham County Central drained the first several buckets of the game before Creek Wood even got on the board, and the visitors endured a rally to close out the first quarter, leading 15-9. Emmy Nelson led the way with 6 points while Macy Douglas added 5; Taylor Moore drained a pair of 3’s off the bench while fellow reserve Rachel McCutchen added a trey as well.

The second quarter proved Creek Wood’s undoing, however, as Jorden Bumpus led the way with 7 points off the bench and Cheatham County blitzed the Lady Red Hawks 14-1 for a 29-10 halftime lead. Senior McKenzie Broadway sparked a Creek Wood rally in the third, nailing a pair of threes as CWHS outscored the Lady Cubs 12-9, but center Tiffany Smith had 5 in the fourth while Nelson added 4 more, and Cheatham County grounded out a 51-36 win.

Creek Wood was led by MVP Broadway with 9 points on 3 threes, while Moore had 6 points and McCutchen 5. The Lady Cubs were led by Emmy Nelson and Abbi Douglas with 12 points each, while Jorden Bumpus had 9 and Tiffany Smith added 8.

In the boys’ game, the play was fast and furious–and dead-even throughout. The Cubs, spurred on by defeats last season, hung with the decorated Red Hawks step for step, due in large part to the play of Austin Douglas. At the end of one, the score was tied 20-20; Douglas had 15, while all 5 starters had 2 or more points each, led by Ross Cummings with 8 and Ross “Chico” Plunkett with 5. The Red Hawks had a strong second quarter, winning the frame 25-20 behind 12 points from Coulter Dotson and 10 from Plunkett, but 11 points from Douglas and threes from Nate Goode and Lucas Harlan kept Cheatham County within striking distance at 45-40.
The visitors from Ashland City won the third 20-18, trimming the lead to 3 off 9 points from Douglas, 4 from Goode, and 5 from Gage Lipscomb. Dotson managed 5 points including a basket and one and 5 other Red Hawks scored in the third, but the tight officiating gave Creek Wood fits throughout. Blocks and charges fired up both sides, and while a lot was allowed in the paint, there were handchecks called outside the lane–leading to a loud gym and some vocal students who made the trip from Cheatham County.

The tide turned in the fourth, however, as Plunkett fouled out on a call that set the Red Hawk fans off. Cheatham closed the distance and the lead see-sawed back and forth, as Creek Wood couldn’t hold off the Cubs. Douglas had 9 points in the frame, while Goode had 8 including 5 free throws. Creek Wood had a chance to tie the game with less than a minute left, and Cummings walked the ball to the left wing and found Dotson all alone under the basket for the bucket. However, after getting rid of the ball, Cummings was called for a charge, fouling out of the game and giving the Cubs the ball back up 79-77. Creek Wood quickly fouled and the shooter hit the first but not the second. The miss clanked high off the back iron, and caromed away to Gabe Cummings. The senior point guard rushed the ball up the floor, danced around a defender, and heaved up a downtown three for the tie with 2 seconds left, but missed offline left. The Cubs held on for an emotional 80-77 win, and the Cheatham County student section stormed the court leading to a tense moment before the teams went through the handshake line.
Creek Wood was led in scoring by game MVP Dotson with 21, while Plunkett fouled out with 18 and Ross Cummings fouled out with 15. Gabe Cummings added 10 and Clay Ruf 8. Douglas finised with a game-high 44 points for the Cubs, while Goode chipped in 16, Nate Saunders 9, and Lipscomb 8.
The Creek Wood girls play in the Forrest Invitational Wednesday, Friday, and Satuday, while the boys open play in a tournament in Huntsville on Monday afternoon. Every game for Creek Wood in both events will be heard on 101.5 The One FM and WDKN 1260 AM except for the Red Hawks’ opener Monday, which will be heard on with pregame starting at 4:45pm.

Cougars “Bowl” a Perfect Game

Cougars “Bowl” a Perfect GameDickson County dropped Community High School 48-0 in the DC Bowl Thursday night at Dickson County High School. The Cougars were nearly perfect from the opening whistle, putting up 34 points in the first half alone. In the second half Jacob Murphree lead a sixth touchdown drive to start the running clock. Then later in the third quarter Darian Burns lead his own drive at quarterback and scored on a four yard draw play for the games last points. Murphree finished the night 14-20 for 264 yards and 5 touchdowns. For full details on the game check back tomorrow for a complete writDickson County dropped Community High School 48-0 in the DC Bowl Thursday night at Dickson County High School. The Cougars were nearly perfect from the opening whistle, putting up 34 points in the first half alone. In the second half Jacob Murphree lead a sixth touchdown drive to start the running clock. Then later in the third quarter Darian Burns lead his own drive at quarterback and scored on a four yard draw play for the games last points. Murphree finished the night 14-20 for 264 yards and 5 touchdowns. For full details on the game check back tomorrow for a complete write up.

Cougars Blowout West Creek, Prep for Bowl Game

Dickson County took advantage of a struggling West Creek squad on Friday night to get their fourth win of the season, 42-6, over the Coyotes.

The Cougars struck early and often in their final regular season game of the year. After Jack Sensing returned the opening kickoff to the Cougar 35, Dickson swiftly pushed the ball into Coyote territory and capped their 1:33 drive with a 22 yard touchdown pass to Sensing. Later in the first, Jacob Murphree found Trey Grimes down the right sideline for a 26 yard score to make it 14-0 with 3:47 left in the first quarter. After a quick West Creek possession, the Cougars added another score on a 16 yard touchdown grab by Tez Coleman with seven second remaining in the opening frame.

In the second quarter it was more of the same for Dickson County. Murphree found senior Ben Powlas on three consecutive passes, for 70 yards, capped by a 20 yard touchdown to Powlas. Dickson, had complete control up 28-0 with 8:17 left in the first half. From there the tempo slowed.

West Creek tallied their first score with 1:35 left in the third quarter on a nine yard Ty’Ree Townsend touchdown run, cutting the lead to 28-6 after the failed two point conversion attempt.

Dickson stymied the Coyotes’ the rest of the way. The Cougars put together with another drive early in the fourth quarter, capped by and Andrew Stanford three yard scoring run, making it 35-6 with 9:46 to go in the game. Dickson’s final scoring drive was a tribute to a pair of Cougar seniors. Collier Wolcott used his first carry in weeks to rumble 25 yards, breaking multiple Coyote tackles along the way, setting up Dickson with a first and goal at the ten yard line. Wolcott exited with a tweaked ankle but Tommy Cobb proceeded to finish things off. With his first two carries of the year Cobb, a defensive standout, went two yard and then eight yards for the score. With a 42-6 margin the teams salted away the final 5:25 and the Cougars came away with their second consecutive region win to close out the regular season.

Murphree finished the night 13-20 for 218 yards and four touchdowns, to four different receivers. Seven Cougars combined to rush for 128 yards and two scores on 22 carries.

Dickson gets one more game Thursday night at 7 when they host Community High School at home for a bowl game. Hear all the coverage live on WDKN, 101.5 The One FM, and

NW Downs CW, Misses Playoffs Anyway

The last two weeks of Creek Wood’s football season came down to two basic options. If the Red Hawks beat Kenwood, their regular-season finale against Clarksville Northwest would likely be a win-or-go-home game for a playoff spot. If the Knights prevailed, then Creek Wood’s home finale would simply be to send off the seniors and to build momentum for 2016. Kenwood managed 350 yards rushing and six touchdowns by one player, but the Red Hawks very nearly pulled the upset anyway. However, the Knights held on, and the clock struck midnight on Creek Wood’s playoff chances.

Rather than knowing the season was over and playing to put the bad memory behind them or knowing the final game was an early playoff game, the Red Hawks welcomed the Vikings in the worst possible scenario–Creek Wood knew it had barely missed the playoffs, while Northwest needed a win and help to make it themselves. As a result, Northwest was inspired, while the home team started a little flat and ended up frustrated; Northwest took the win 28-0 to end Creek Wood’s season.

Four of the first five drives of the game ended in punts, as the evenly matched sides struggled for field position. Northwest found success on the third drive of the game, however, driving the ball 86 yards and scoring on a 9 yard run by Desmond Daniels to make it 7-0 Vikings with 2:47 left in the first quarter.

Creek Wood lost star wide receiver Jonathan McCloud in the first half to an injury, which changed the offensive gameplan. However, after forcing Northwest to punt early in the second quarter, the Red Hawks fumbled the ball away and set up Northwest near mid field. Viking quarterback Micah Bennett struggled finding the mesh point with his running backs all night, but at least once it led to a good thing–he missed the handoff running right and inadvertently ran a counter play himself, busting free to the left for 33 yards and a touchdown. Northwest led 14-0 with just over 8 minutes left in the first half.

Northwest forced Creek Wood to punt on the ensuing drive, and the Vikings drove the field again. Bennett completed just two passes on the night, but one of them ended that drive late in the first half as he found Zach Dixon for an 11 yard score. At the end of the first half, Northwest led 21-0, and the Senior Night/Pinkout Night crowd for the Red Hawks was stunned and restless.

After halftime, Creek Wood got the ball first, but punted. Northwest used up 2 minutes, but punted as well, and the Red Hawks got great field position at the Northwest 47. Quarterback Peyton Gibbs and running back Quinton Poole drove the ball down the field, but down three scores the Red Hawks had to find the end zone. Instead, Northwest stopped the home side on fourth down at the one yard line to get the ball back, and ultimately punted to try to flip the field. That strategy didn’t work, as Creek Wood started that drive in plus territory as well. Unfortunately, the Red Hawks fumbled again, and Northwest recovered again. Senior Jahnal Browne put the game out of reach with an 11 yard score, to make it 28-0 early in the fourth.

Creek Wood fought and clawed, even recovering a fumbled punt return in the fourth, but tempers got hotter in the second half as well. The Red Hawks managed 10 first downs on the day, but the offense struggled overall, without any plays longer than a 24 yard pass from Gibbs to Trevor Sinks in the second half. After a hot start passing the football, Gibbs and his receivers struggled in the second half playing catch-up without their top target, and the quarterback finished 6-of-15. Poole had the bulk of the carries and was leaned on heavily in the second half, but the Northwest run stoppers kept him mostly bottled up; the lightning quick runner had a long of 12 on the day. Senior lineman Brenden Dickens took home MVP honors for Creek Wood, however, anchoring the center position as usual and having a standout day as a backup noseguard as well.

Creek Wood finished the year 3-7, 0-5 in Region 6-4A. The 3 wins came over opponents with a combined 9-21 record, though the first win was over a Fairview team that finished 7-3 and is going to the playoffs. Creek Wood nearly beat Kenwood while losing to Lipscomb Academy 35-7; however the Knights upended Lipscomb Academy 26-24 to claim the top spot in the Region, with Hillwood (which the Red Hawks lost to 28-24) taking the third place spot. If Montgomery Central had beaten the Hilltoppers, Northwest would have propelled itself into the last playoff spot. However, Hillwood held serve and won by 5, keeping the Indians in and the Vikings out despite the shutout.

Central travels to historic Pearl-Cohn in Nashville on Friday night to open the playoffs. The 6-4 Firebirds have never played the Indians, but they are 1-4 in non-region games this season. Hillwood travels to 7-3 Springfield for another first-time matchup; the Yellowjackets beat 6-4A champ Kenwood 36-6 earlier this season. Lipscomb Academy hosts 3-7 Maplewood, which has lost 2 straight games to the Mustangs but won the other 5 games in the series. And Kenwood hosts 4-6 Portland which is 1-4 in the series, but beat the Knights 21-19 in the last meeting back in 2008.

Cougars Post First Region Win, Top Wildcats

Dickson County got their first Region 7AAAAA win Friday with a 29-26 take down of Clarksville on their senior night. Dickson fell behind early on a one yard run by Wildcat quarterback John Jones. After the Jones touchdown Clarksville sent out what appeared to be the backup quarterback and 10 skill position players for a two point conversion attempt. The Cougars, seemingly caught off guard, allowed the conversion but would not be fooled again. Dickson responded with 13 seconds left in the first quarter when Trey Grimes caught a 4th & 12 pass from Jacob Murphree for a 31 yard touchdown. With the extra point the Cougars trailed 8-7 but just over a minute later Malik Santiago took a receiver sweep in from 11 yards out for the touchdown. The two point conversion failed making it 14-7 with 11:10 to go in the second quarter. Dickson struggled on their next drive and Clarksville promptly marched down the field again to extend their lead. Jones’ second touchdown of the night came on a 22 yard scamper that pushed the lead to 20-7 with 8:14 left in the half. Dickson built a drive of their own as they tried to answer. After converting a third and long earlier in the drive, Tez Coleman plunged into the end zone behind Darian Burns for a five yard touchdown run with 1:20 to remaining the the half. The extra point was up and good by Chase Rampaul and Dickson was poised to head into the half trailing 20-14. Clarksville, however, used a penalty aided drive to get into Cougars territory quickly. A pass interference penalty gave the Wildcats a shot from 17 yards out with 8 seconds left before the half. The next play was a rollout pass to Santiago to extend the lead to 26-14 with 3 seconds left in the first half. 

Dickson was not phased by the final seconds of the half, and scored in the first two minutes of the second half to once again narrow the margin 26-21. Coleman put Dickson in front with a 48 yard touchdown catch from Murphree with 4:32 to go in the third. The two point conversion was good and gave the Cougars a three point edge. From there the defense took over and held the Wildcats scoreless for the entire second half.

Murphree finished 10 of 16 for 187 yards and three touchdown with no interceptions. The Cougars returned to a more run focused offense on Friday as well posting 104 yards on 32 team carries.

The Cougars wrap their season Friday at 7pm against West Creek. The game is a “Pink Out” and you can purchase a pink out shirt through the HOSA club at DCHS.

Branch “Train” Runs Wild as Kenwood Outlasts CW

The Creek Wood Red Hawks needed a spectacular effort on the road at Kenwood, the number two team in Region 6-4A, to get a win and keep their playoff hopes alive. Creek Wood controlled tempo, played well on both sides of the ball, won the turnover battle for most of the game, won the penalty battle, dominated on special teams, and played with the lead late in the game. Unfortunately for the Red Hawks, Antwuan Branch was a nearly unstoppable force at running back for the homestanding Knights, and his big-splash runs in the second half keyed a huge comeback. CWHS had a chance to win in the final two minutes, but interceptions on their first and last plays of the game bookended another tough loss for the Red Hawks 39-34 in Clarksvlle.

The Knights took the opening kickoff, chewed up over 5 and a half minutes of clock, and scored on a 12 yard Branch run. Kenwood’s placekicker Kalena Boykin was recovering from a leg injury she sustained playing soccer, so punter Omar Yunis went the distance as the kicker and struggled. He missed the first extra point, so Kenwood’s lead stayed at 6-0. After the kickoff, Creek Wood took over at the 35 yardline, but Peyton Gibbs threw a pass on the opening play that was intercepted. The pick was ultimately harmless, because a sack on a fourth down try turned the ball back over to the Red Hawks near midfield, and a 1-yard Gibbs scamper made it 7-6 Creek Wood early in the second quarter after Collin Ptak made the extra point.

A 12-yard plunge by Branch on the ensuing drive put Kenwood back in front, and Jaylen Scott rushed in for the 2-point conversion to make it 14-7 with just over 7 minutes left in the half. The Knight defense would force Creek Wood to punt, but after chewing up more than 4 minutes with a solid offensive drive Kenwood fumbled the football away. Creek Wood was set up with 1:28 left in the half and the ball at its own 21; less than 30 seconds later, Quinton Poole was in the endzone on a 40 yard pass from Gibbs, and it was 14-14. Kenwood chose to take a knee, and at the end of the first half the game was tied.

Creek Wood got the ball to start the second half, but the Red Hawks were forced to punt. Kenwood wasted no time as Branch raced 85 yards for a score on the first play, putting Kenwood up 21-14 with around 8 minutes left in the third. Creek Wood answered back with a 17 yard touchdown run by Poole, but the point after was no good and the Red Hawks trailed 21-20 with around 6 minutes left. Kenwood chewed up most of the remaining time in the third and scored on a 2 yard plunge by Branch, but the point after was no good; Kenwood was up 27-20 with around 2 minutes left in the third.

The Red Hawks’ next drive stalled, but Jonathan McCloud unfurled a 50 yard punt early in the fourth quarter to pin the Knights back at the 20, and Branch fumbled on the first play of the drive. Back in business at the 27 yardline, Gibbs faked a handoff and found the endzone on a 15 yard run. Ptak’s extra point was good, and the game was tied 27-27. Branch broke away for a 76 yard touchdown to open the ensuing Kenwood drive, but the point after was missed again, and the Knights led 33-27 with 10:46 left. Creek Wood ground down the clock on its next possession, and Poole capped the drive with a 2 yard touchdown run. With Ptak’s point-after, the Red Hawks led 34-33 with 6:45 remaining.

Kenwood drove the field methodically on its next drive, and despite the best efforts of the Creek Wood defense Branch found the endzone for a 5 yard score to make it 39-34 with 39.6 seconds left. The two-point try to make it a 7-point game was stopped short, so the quick strike Red Hawks had a chance. Kenwood nearly ended things early, however, as the in-between kickoff hit a few feet in front of a Creek Wood upback, went straight into the air, and was pounced on by multiple eager Knight special teamers. In their haste, however, they were unable to secure the football, and it rolled safely to a Red Hawk return man who covered up at the 37 with 34.6 seconds left. Gibbs looked up the field and connected with McCloud for 29 yards and a first down, but with 10 seconds left Gibbs was picked off. James Williams just took a knee once, and the ballgame was over. Creek Wood again fell just short, while Kenwood was able to hang on to second place by its fingernails.

Creek Wood was only penalized 3 times for 30 yards (not counting offsetting fouls), while Kenwood was penalized 11 times for 100 yards. The Knights lost 2 fumbles while the Red Hawks lost none; Gibbs threw 1 touchdown pass and 2 interceptions on 7 of 12 passing, while Williams was 1 for 4 with no touchdowns nor interceptions. CWHS had 13 first downs, while Kenwood managed 9.

Poole was the Creek Wood player of the game, with 38 yards through the air and 83 yards on the ground, 1 receiving touchdown and 2 rushing. McCloud had 5 catches for 130 yards, and Zach Harris had one catch for 23. Gibbs threw for 191 yards and one score, while rushing for 74 yards, and Matthew Davids had 3 rushes for 24 yards. Branch, a 6-foot-even 200 pound junior, was nearly all of Kenwood’s offense, averaging 11 yards per carry as he rushed 32 times for 358 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Creek Wood returns home for Senior Night this Friday, closing out the season against Clarksville Northwest.

Loretto Washes Out Against CW

The Creek Wood Red Hawks needed something to bounce their way. A soggy field helped trip them up earlier in the year at Cheatham County. Fumbles had been an issue all season long. Special teams issues and a turnover in a rainy game the prior week kept Creek Wood from winning its first region game, a 4-point loss at Hillwood. This Friday night, a 2-hour road trip to nearly the Alabama line and a driving rain through most of the game could have spelled disaster.

Instead, the adversity galvanized the Red Hawks, who played their best game of the season and torched Loretto 60-21 on Senior Night. The Mustangs took the opening kickoff, but fumbled with 9:19 left in the first quarter. Trevor Sinks recovered for Creek Wood, and Quinton Poole found the end zone on a 50 yard run to make it 7-0 Red Hawks with 8:37 left in the opening frame. The Creek Wood defense forced Loretto to punt on their next drive, and the visitors drove 85 yards to score again, this time on a Matthew Davids run from 41 yards out to make it 14-0 with 3:03 left in the opening frame.

Loretto got on the board on the ensuing possession, with quarterback Nicholas Kerstiens scoring from 3 yards out to make it 14-7 with 11:01 left in the second. Peyton Gibbs answered in kind, however, leading his Red Hawks back down the field and scoring on his own 18 yard run less than 2 minutes later to make it 21-7. The CWHS defense held up on Loretto’s next drive, stopping the Mustangs on a fourth-down conversion attempt and getting a turnover on downs at the Creek Wood 36, but the offense would stall. The Red Hawks punted, pinning back Loretto at their own 45, but the Mustang option attack started to click, and a 47 yard touchdown by freshman Lucas Nobles cut the lead to 21-14 with 4:07 left in the first half. Nobles was getting extended carries as a fullback/halfback, as workhorse tailback Ezra Childress was injured in the first half and did not return, reportedly due to a concussion.

Gibbs led the offense down the field again, and in just over 3 minutes found the endzone again on a 9 yard scamper. The extra point from Luke Ptak was no good, but Creek Wood extended the lead to 27-14 with 44 seconds left in the half. The Red Hawks used great defense and their array of time-outs to force Loretto to punt after a 22 second drive. Creek Wood went to the locker room up by 2 scores and dominating on the scoreboard and the stat sheet, but in the second half things got crazy.

Creek Wood took the opening kickoff, and within about a minute found the endzone again on a 37 yard dash by Davids. A penalty on the Mustangs was enforced on the kickoff, so after a blocked extra point, Ptak drilled the kickoff into the endzone for a touchback to start Loretto off at the 20. The Mustangs would lose a fumble to start off the drive, and Creek Wood was in business at the 23 yard line with 10:45 left in the third–ten seconds after Davids found the end zone. Gibbs found Jonathan McCloud through the air for a 23 yard touchdown pass 8 seconds later, and as the Ptak kick was good, Creek Wood was up 40-14 with 10:37 left in the third. Loretto would fumble again on their next drive, setting the Red Hawks up at their own 35, and Gibbs would find McCloud again for 27 yards and another score with under 7 minutes remaining, and the extra point was no good, making it 46-14.

Loretto would punt on their next drive, but Creek Wood turned it over on downs at the 33 yard line, setting up the Mustangs for their only score of the second half, a 57 yard touchdown run by Aaron Presley with 26.5 seconds left in the third to make it 46-21. McCloud would respond by running the kickoff back 65 yards to make it 53-21 with 11 seconds left in the frame.

Loretto would get the ball again with 2 seconds left in the third, but the Mustangs would lose their third fumble in the second half, setting up Creek Wood at the Loretto 35. The Red Hawks would be unable to capitalize, though a punt pinned Loretto back deep at their own three. The Mustangs coughed the ball up for the fifth time on the night as Garrett Stansberry pounced on the football at the 15 yardline as the clock ran for the mercy rule. One play later, Creek Wood rewarded the reserve for his effort, and Stansberry’s 15 yard rush coupled with another Ptak make put the game out of reach at 60-21.

McCloud finished the night with 176 all purpose yards, 2 receiving touchdowns, and the kick return score to lock up player of the game honors. Gibbs threw for 2 touchdowns and rushed for 2, while Davids rushed for 2 as well; Poole and Stansberry had a rushing touchdown each. Loretto lost 5 fumbles, while the Red Hawks did not turn the ball over at all save for two punts and a failed fourth down conversion, and Creek Wood got 4 touchdowns as a result of Loretto turnovers. The defense stood tall for CWHS, as the Mustangs were just 1 of 7 passing for 5 lone yards on the night.

Creek Wood has a bye week, before finishing out the season with back to back Region games after fall break.

Cougars Scare Patriots, Come Up Short

Dickson County struck fear into every Patriots’ heart Friday night before finally succumbing to a 63-27 loss at home. The final score is not indicative of how the night went for either team. Henry County entered the game having not allowed a point in 22 consecutive quarters and no points to any region opponent on the season. The Cougars showed little concern for Henry County’s dominance. After an opening drive score by the Patriots Dickson popped a 70 yard touchdown to Jack Sensing to even the score. After a 23 yard by Brevin Odom, Dickson again tied things up with a 42 yard touchdown pass from Jacob Murphree to Tez Coleman with 8:21 to go in the second quarter. Less than two minutes later, Lukas Reynolds dashed 79 yards for a touchdown to push the lead back to 7 points. Neither team could put together another drive in the first half and the Cougars trailed 21-14 at the break.

Dickson received the second half kick but were forced to punt. Jerry Greer read the punt coverage and scramble nearly 70 yards to the Patriot 31. Unfortunately a penalty brought the ball back onto the Cougar’s side of the field and Dickson stalled and was forced to punt. Quarterback Knox Davis took three zone read runs to get extend the Henry County lead with a 28 yard run with 7:14 to go in the third quarter. Dickson responded with a 17 yard touchdown catch by Trey Grimes cutting the lead to 27-20 with 4:39 left in the third. Henry County the endzone one more time in the third quarter when Caleb McCutcheon plunged in for the scored from 4 yards out.  Dickson responded with a drive that took less than two minutes. Jacob Murphree dove for the score with 10:39 left in the game and again cut the lead to 7, 34-27. From there Henry County poured it on, scoring the final 29 points including a two point conversion while leading 54-27.

Dickson heads to the bye week and then travels to Clarksville on the 23rd. Clarksville was forced this week to vacate all but one of their wins by the TSSAA due to a player zoning issue.