The regular season ended with a thud instead of a bang for Creek Wood on Thursday night. The Red Hawks dropped their senior night game 21-7 to the visiting Camden Central Lions on the night before Halloween.
The teams battled through a stalemate in the first half, trading turnovers and defensive stands before Creek Wood looked poised to take the lead with the ball inside the Camden ten. However, everyone knew that Ian Spence was going to fire the short pass to Mathis Duncan in the end zone–including Camden Central defensive end Jake Scott, who put his hands up and picked off the pass, rumbling down the field to set the Lions up in Red Hawk territory. Camden tailback Deshawn Brown would then handle the heavy lifting, scoring from 19 yards out with just 12 seconds left in the half. In the blink of an eye, Camden had turned a defensive stalemate into a 7-0 halftime lead.
A re-energized Red Hawks offense would get the ball first in the second half, and Creek Wood chewed up almost four minutes of the third. Duncan Dylan Huffman ran the ball well on end around and reverse plays, and Kyle Klotz gradually got on track after a slow start. In the end, Klotz rushed for a one yard score, and the Spence extra point would tie the game.
Starting with the kickoff, all of the momentum switched right back to the visitors. A running into the kicker penalty on Spence’s extra point was assessed on the ensuing kickoff, moving Spence up five yards. As a result, he took some off the kickoff effort to avoid the touchback out the endzone, but the kick was returned to the Camden 21 all the same. On the first and only play of that drive, Brown got the football, found space, and outran everyone for a soul-crushing 79 yard touchdown run and a 14-7 Camden lead.
Try as they might, the Red Hawks were unable to get out of their own way all night. Creek Wood lost three fumbles and Spence threw a pick, compared to no fumbles lost and the lone Wes Blow interception by Duncan, and the +3 turnover margin led to a 14-0 edge in points off turnovers for the visitors. Creek Wood’s last fumble came with 9:46 left in the fourth, and set up Camden Central at their own 39 yard line; just over 2 minutes later, the Lions struck one more time, as Brown scored again from 29 yards out to essentially put the game away. Creek Wood had the time left, but with Duncan heavily counted on as a runner and possibly dealing with some in-game injuries, Jonathan McCloud coming off an injury and playing part-time on defense, Wyatt Page still playing offensive and defensive line but not tight end, and Isaac Edmondson still unavailable, the receiving corps was unable to help Spence out in the final minutes. The senior finished the night 4 of 10, connecting on just one of his last five passes for 8 total yards.
Brown led the way for the Lions, carrying the rock 23 times for 216 yards and all three of his team’s touchdowns; with the yardage he topped 2100 yards on the season. Duncan was the do-it-all player for Creek Wood, making 3 catches for 56 yards and rushing 11 times for 94 yards; unfortunately he was kept out of the end zone and fumbled twice. Klotz overcame a very slow start and an apparent injury to get the Red Hawks’ only score, and he would finish with 15 carries for 59 yards.
Creek Wood finishes the regular season 6-4 overall, and will likely make the playoffs as a wild card team. The 1260 Sports Roundtable will not air Saturday morning at 8:30am at Sisters Restaurant; instead it will take place at 11am at the WDKN Studios, as Amp Harrell and Robert Freeman will break down the playoff brackets and talk about Creek Wood’s first round opponent with CWHS head coach Chuck Daniel.