Red Hawk Rally Just Short at Hillwood

The Creek Wood Red Hawks had every reason to go through the motions against Hillwood on Friday night. The Hilltoppers were celebrating homecoming, held a 28-6 lead in the third, and had a personnel advantage as everyday starting punter and noseguard Garrett Dolinich was out with a sickness and starting linebacker Stetson Spicer (who was punting in Dolinich’s absence) was injured during the game and did not return. Creek Wood’s special teams struggled on the night, with a blocked punt and a blocked extra point in the game. And a driving rain throughout the game led to 5 lost fumbles, 3 lost by the visiting Creek Wood side.

The Red Hawks did not care about the odds, however. A solid effort with 18 unanswered second half points pulled CWHS within 4 late in the game, but as Creek Wood made its final drive and looked for its first lead in the game, Hillwood picked off Peyton Gibbs for the only pick on the night, and the Toppers salted away a 28-24 Region win.

Eli McCorkle was a workhorse for the Hilltoppers, ramming the rock 11 times on the opening drive for 47 yards and a touchdown. That drive took 4:44 off the first quarter clock and covered 65 yards to put the hometown Toppers up 7-0. Creek Wood’s ensuing drive would start with good field positioning but the offense quickly stalled, and with the punt blocked Hillwood got the ball on the Red Hawk 22 and quickly cashed in to make it a 14-0 lead off McCorkle’s second touchdown run of the night.

Creek Wood answered back on the next drive, chewing up just over 3 minutes before Quinton Poole found the endzone from a yard out. His extra point try was blocked, and with 40 seconds left in the first it was 14-6 Hillwood. The Toppers drove the ball well on the ensuing drive, but fumbled the ball away in the rain at the Red Hawks’ 14. Creek Wood returned the favor with a one-play drive ending with a fumble at the 10, and the Toppers made it 21-6 in the first half with a Deshawn Kinzer rushing score. Kinzer rushed 6 times in the first half for 27 yards and a score for Hillwood; McCorkle had 21 first half carries for 86 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Creek Wood looked to establish itself in the third, but Jordan King recovered a Red Hawk fumble and scored to seemingly ice the game 28-6, but Creek Wood didn’t go away. Poole had a 21 yard rush for a first down, then rushed from 12 out to score on the very next play. Poole was stopped on the 2-point try, but the Red Hawks cut the lead back to 28-12 with 3:55 left in the third. A 13 yard option keeper for Gibbs opened the fourth for Creek Wood, then Poole struck again from 54 yards away. A penalty pushed back the 2-point try, and Gibbs was dropped on the attempt, but the Red Hawks trimmed the lead down to 28-18 with 11:23 left in regulation.

A solid drive by the Toppers ended abruptly with another fumble, and after some big running plays Creek Wood cashed in as Gibbs found his returning tight end Hayden Boone on the hot pass for a 45 yard touchdown pass. Gibbs was sacked on the 2 point try, but the score was 28-24 with 4:40 left. The Red Hawk defense stepped up on a third and four, sacking Terron Smith for a 1 yard loss and forcing a punt that went into the endzone for a touchback. A big 17 yard rush by Gibbs helped key the offense, but on a third and six, Gibbs floated the ball over the middle and it was picked off by Smith to set the Toppers up. A third down scramble by Smith picked up 37 yards and let the mobile quarterback kneel on the ball and run out the clock, as the Hilltoppers escaped with a 4 point win.

Poole earned MVP honors, scoring 3 touchdowns for the Red Hawks in the comeback effort. Creek Wood finished with 291 total yards–63 through the air and 228 on the ground, with Poole earning 109 rushing yards himself.

Creek Wood travels to Loretto for a final non-region game, then after the bye week finishes with two critical region contests if the Red Hawks want to try to make the postseason.

Rain Drowns Cougars

Dickson dropped their third Region 7AAAAA contest Friday as they fell to Rossview 12-7 in the pouring rain. Dickson County struggled throughout the first half to deal with the field conditions as much as the Hawks defense. The Cougars first scoring chance came on a fumble return by Devontae Sanders from deep in Dickson territory. It was returned for a touchdown but a personal foul, 15 yards behind Sanders, brought the ball back to the Cougar 40 yard line. Later, in the second quarter, a Jacob Murphree interception was returned for a touchdown but was also called back due to a penalty. With neither team able to sustain a drive in the first half and penalties preventing big plays, the teams went to the half scoreless as he rain ended. The first half saw a total of 8 mishandled balls, including a dropped punt by both punters, and multiple fumbles for each team. With the rain stopped the second half presented the best opportunity for the offenses to get moving. Dickson made an adjustment to contend with the conditions, switching to a two tight end set but struggled two move the ball. Nearing the end of the third quarter Rossview finally broke into the scoring column with an 11 yard touchdown run by the quarterback Justice. The Hawks kicker missed the PAT short and the Cougars trailed 6-0 with 35 seconds left in the third quarter. Moments later Dickson drove deep into Rossview territory but came up empty following a fourth Murphree interception. Rossview marched downfield on a drive aided by two personal foul penalties and scored on a 23 Cardavius Davis touchdown run making it 12-0 after another missed PAT. Dickson quickly responded with a five yard Murphree touchdown run and PAT to cut the lead to 12-7 with 1:14 to go in the game. The Cougars couldn’t recover the Chase Rampaul onside kick. After picking up a first down the Hawks kneeled to run the clock out and send the Dickson home with another loss.

Murphree finished 13 of 25 for 111 yards and 4 interceptions plus a rushing touchdown. The Cougars were held to just 150 yards of total offense on the night. This weeks matchup with Northeast is also homecoming night. Coverage begins at 6:30 on WDKN and 101.5 The One FM.

CW Outlasts Gunslinging East 24-20 on Homecoming

The Creek Wood Red Hawks welcomed a dangerous East Hickman squad to Charlotte for homecoming on Friday night. The Eagles were winless on the season, and their defense had not held an opponent under 35 points all season, but East Hickman had a passing attack that was impressive even in tricky field conditions.

The Red Hawks took the lead early, retook the lead in the middle of the contest, and held off a late rally to keep the visitors winless and make the home folks happy 24-20.

While East Hickman had to turn to the running game more than usual in a persistent rain storm, the Red Hawks found just enough success through the air, including a 159 yard performance from game-MVP Jonathan McCloud, who had a 75-yard touchdown catch on Creek Wood’s first offensive play from scrimmage. The extra point was missed, so CW led 6-0; East answered back with a quick score to make it 7-6, but Ethan Griffin responded with a 5 yard touchdown run and quarterback Peyton Gibs scored with his legs from 1 yard out. With a second extra point miss and a failed 2-point try, Creek Wood led 18-7.

Bolstered by a nearly 100 yard passing performance in the first half alone, Jacob Stone led the Eagles back down the field and cut the lead to 18-14; East Hickman had first half touchdowns on the ground and through the air–Tyler Mobley on a 3 yard rush and Devonte Springer on a 29 yard pass play from Stone. The Red Hawks would not be denied, however, as Griffin found the endzone on a 3 yard rush to cap another first-half scoring drive, and Creek Wood took a 24-14 lead into the locker room.

The second half was largely a defensive battle, as the Creek Wood secondary employed a bend-but-don’t-break mentality against the East Hickman passing attack. Penalties against the Eagles, along with two second-half sacks of Stone after three in the first half, kept the visitors mostly in check. East Hickman did score on a 1 yard pass to Lenny Watts to make it 24-20, but Bailey Krebs missed the extra point. Creek Wood’s offense struggled in the second half and the Red Hawks couldn’t find another score to answer, but the offensive line only allowed a single one-yard sack all game, and Gibbs found McCloud for a big 13 yard completion to help the Red Hawks keep the clock moving and escape with a homecoming win.

The Red Hawks return to Region play on Friday, travelling to Hillwood. Creek Wood is the only winless team in Region 6-4A, but as there are only 6 teams in the Region and the top 4 make the playoffs, an 0-2 start just means that the Red Hawks will need to win and keep winning if they want to make a run at a playoff berth.

Mistakes Cost Cougars Chance to Upset Bruins

For the second week in a row the Cougars played in someone else’s Homecoming game but this week they were unable to rain on Brentwood’s parade falling 27-21 to the Bruins on the road.

Dickson took the opening drive all the way down to the Brentwood 23 yard line but a missed 40 yard field goal by Chase Rampaul set the tone for a rough night on special teams. After the opening drive the two teams traded possessions but neither could get much going through the first 12 minutes.

In the waning seconds of the first quarter the Bruins put together a drive that culminated in a three yard touchdown run for quarterback Carson Croy putting Brentwood up 7-0. Dickson got on the board with 5:08 left in the half, when Darian Burns capped a methodical drive by the Cougars with a 7 yard touchdown plunge. Less than a minute later, Croy drove his offense to the 35 yard line and appeared ready to attempted a fourth and long. After a timeout, the Bruins instead sent out kicker Tucker Day to attempt a 52 yard field goal that was good, putting the Bruins up 10-7 with 4:13 left in the second quarter. On the second play of the next drive, Jacob Murphree threw his first interception of the day. Spencer Schwartz returned the pick 20 yards for a touchdown to extend the Brentwood lead to 17-7 with 4:00 to go. Dickson responded and again moved the ball deep into Brentwood territory. After a pair of incomplete passes from the 6 yard line, the Cougars elected to kick a field goal with :03 remaining in the half. Rampaul missed that one from 23 yards out, leaving Dickson behind by ten at the intermission.

Both teams were sluggish to start the second half until the Cougars mounted a drive that ended with a 7 yard touchdown pass, from Murphree to Sensing, on fourth and goal. The score trimmed Brentwood’s lead to 17-14 with 1:07 left in the third quarter. On the ensuing kickoff Schwartz ran through the Dickson ‘Special Forces’ and scored on a 97 yard kick return.

With 9:54 to go in the game Murphree again found Sensing on fourth down for another touchdown, this time from 32 yards out. Sensing caught the ball in the middle of the field and juked the safety to clear a lane down the right hash for his second score of the game. Now trailing by only three, the Cougars’ defense held Brentwood to a 24 yard field goal with 5:29 left in the game. After a Dickson punt, Brentwood missed a 42 yard field goal and left the door open for Murphree’s offense. After a quick first down, Murphree threw his third interception of the game that sealed the win for the Bruins 27-21.

Murphree finished the night 24 of 49 for 261 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. The Cougars ran for 119 and a touchdown on 24 carries.

The loss pushes the Cougars to 2-3 (0-2) on the season. They have another Region 7AAAAA game this week at Rossview.



Lipscomb Academy Too Much as CW Returns Home

The last time that the Creek Wood Red Hawks played in Charlotte was Week 1, the Creek Wood/Dickson County game to open the season. The Red Hawks seemed re-energized by finally getting to play at home, and Coach Justin Palmer let his team dress for the occasion with brand-new charcoal uniforms for the Region 6-4A contest.

Unfortunately, the Lipscomb Academy Mustangs weren’t interested in giving the home side a happy memory. The Mustangs had their bye week to start the season, and won two games before getting rocked the week prior…by 6A Overton. Lipscomb Academy used a senior-heavy lineup, physical size across the board, and a passing attack that defied any logical gameplan, to upend Creek Wood 35-7.

John Matt Merritt, the senior quarterback for the Mustangs, was primarily a game manager for the first two Lipscomb Academy games, handing off to the myriad backs behind a huge offensive line. While Merritt did pass against the Overton Bobcats, it was primarily because Lipscomb Academy was trailing against a school two classifications higher; the Mustangs averaged under 7 passes per game, counting the blowout.

That was why the passing attack was such a surprise. Merritt found Chad Newby for a 39 yard touchdown strike on his first pass of the game to put Lipscomb Academy up 7-0, and three passes later hooked up with Hampton Francis for the second time, a 19 yard touchdown strike to make it 14-0.  A couple of rushing scores for the Mustangs–a 40 yard run from John Thomas Paul and a 2 yard scamper for Grant Mitchell–gave Lipscomb Academy a 28-7 lead at the half.

Creek Wood was playing without its top wide receiver again in Jonathan McCloud, along with its backup quarterback Devon Higgins and a versatile two-way player Dylan Huffman. Despite being shorthanded and fumbling twice in the first half, the Red Hawks found the endzone as Peyton Gibbs connected with the returning standout Wyatt Page for a 4 yard first half touchdown strike. While Page was a reliable tight end last year, he’d been counted on more as a lineman in 2015; with tight end Hayden Boone also out for the game, Page filled in as he himself came back from an injury, and in that regard the Red Hawks didn’t miss a step.

Unfortunately, the size and physicality of Lipscomb Academy, the injury report for the Red Hawks–which grew as right tackle Cole Lewis also exited with an injury–and the deficit on the scoreboard all proved too much Creek Wood. Gibbs had been sacked three times in the first half, then a fourth time in the second half. Two offensive penalties and five incomplete passes in the final 24 minutes helped keep CWHS without a first down in the second half, and only one play after halftime went for double digit yardage–an 11 yard completion from Gibbs to Page.

Lipscomb Academy was not as crisp in the second half, but the big play helped the Mustangs ice the game 35-7 off a 12 yard run by Carson Meador. Lipscomb Academy rushed the ball for positive yardage with 10 different players on the night, and ran out the clock to escape Creek Wood with a 28-point win, improving to 3-1 overall, 2-0 in Region 6-4A play.

Creek Wood had several standouts despite the disappointing result.  Quinton Poole rushed 13 times for 64 yards, Johnny Lehto had 4 catches for 22 yards, Dakota Smith had 3 catches for 34 yards, and Page had 3 for 19 yards and the only touchdown for CWHS on the day. However, Gibbs earned MVP honors, going 11 for 17 passing for 72 yards and a touchdown, while rushing officially 10 times for only 13 yards, but the rushing stats were diminished by 4 sacks for -23 yards.

Creek Wood stays at home next week, as the Red Hawks have homecoming against former district foe East Hickman, for a non-Region tune-up. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm on the RFC Sports Network.

Cougars Survive Wild Night, Win in OT

Dickson County found a way to survive a roller coaster on Friday, picking up their second win of the season with a 49-42 overtime win at Spring Hill.

Playing the role of homecoming spoiler, the Cougars scored the games first points by way of a Tez Coleman 62 yard reception. The play was a game specific screen pass Dickson felt could be used to exploit the Raiders defense and worked to perfection putting Dickson up 7-0. It was the first time this season the Cougars scored first in a game. Spring Hill responded quickly with a six yard Tylin Oden touchdown pass to Zack Frye that tied things up with 5:11 remaining in the first quarter.

Dickson regained the lead on a 15 yard scramble by Jacob Murphree. Murphree rolled to his right and then cut back up the middle for the score with 8:17 left in the half. Just over two minutes later Dickson extended their lead with a four yard touchdown run for Coleman to make it 21-7 with 6:12 left in the half. That drive was setup when the Spring Hill punter dropped the snap and the Cougars recovered on the Raider 18 yard line. Spring Hill refused to go away. They got a 20 yard touchdown pass from Oden to Austin Williams with just over three minutes in the first half. The Raiders would get the ball back before halftime and the final play of the half saw Oden get his receiver to the Dickson ten yard line as time expired.

In the second half, Spring Hill continued the comeback. Just over three minutes into the half Dontae Smith plunged into the endzone from 18 yards out to cut the lead to 21-20 but the extra missed and Dickson clung to the one point lead. Dickson responded with a five yard Andrew Stanford touchdown run. With :45 left in the third quarter Oden connected with Frye again and the Raiders converted the two point conversion to tie the game at 28 a piece. Twenty seconds later the Cougars jumped backs in front in a 70 yard Jack Sensing touchdown receptions.

Spring Hill knotted things back up at 35 on a five yard Smith touchdown reception with 9:26 left in the game. Dickson failed to answer and the Raiders took their first lead with 5:01 remaining. After a key defensive stand the Cougars got the ball back with 1:28 left to play trailing 42-35. A masterful execution of the two minute drill by Murphree advanced the team to the eleven yard line where Murphree connected with Grimes with three seconds to go in the fourth quarter. The extra point tied things once again at 42.

In the overtime period Dickson scored in their second play with a ten yard fade to Coleman. The touchdown was Murphree’s fourth of the day and Colemans’s third (two receiving, one rushing.) With the 49-42 lead the Cougars D had to stand up and did. After a penalty on third down, Oden rolled right on fourth down then flushed back left and was sacked by Jerry Greer to end the game.

Murphree finished the day 21-36 with 295 yards and four TDs. Coleman had seven receptions for 92 yards and three touchdowns. 

Dickson preps for Brentwood Friday night at 7 on WDKN and 101.5 The One.

Shorthanded Red Hawks Fall in OT on Road

The Creek Wood Red Hawks were short-handed going into their fourth game of the season, a road game at the winless Cheatham County Central Cubs. Starting cornerback and versatile running back/receiver Dylan Huffman was out with an ACL injury, and returning wideout Jonathan McCloud wore Huffman’s #23 jersey to show support for his teammate. Running back Quinton Poole took over kicking duties in this non-region game. Backup quarterback Devon Higgins was also injured, meaning that Coach Justin Palmer couldn’t rotate Higgins with starter Peyton Gibbs, who had been getting extended time on defense with Higgins taking over more of the QB duties.

As thin as the Red Hawks were, they had their hands full with the old-school Cubs and former Creek Wood defensive coordinator Eric Hatley, and the boys from Ashland City had just enough to turn away CWHS in overtime 20-14.

Cheatham County had received a much heaver dose of rain on Friday, meaning that parts of the field were a muddy bog. That seemed to suit the I-backfield, traditional attack of the Cubs just fine. Creek Wood got the ball first, and Gibbs welcomed his wide receiver Gibbs back with a 12 yard pass for a first down on the second play of the game. Poole was counted on heavily out of the backfield, and he picked up another first down on a 14 yard run on their fifth play of the game. That drive would stall, however, and when Gibbs was sacked the Red Hawks had to punt the ball to Coach Hatley and the Cubs.

They were without their starting quarterback, Landon Barnes, and wideout-turned-quarterback J. D. Lovell was not called on to try the passing attack much in the sloppy conditions. Lovell handed the ball off 3 straight times, for gains of 11, 8, and 38 yards, with the last run a touchdown for freshman Walker Bonce. The extra point was no good, but Cheatham County led 6-0.

At that point, the game just got sloppy. Gibbs was intercepted on the second play of the series, but after the Cubs got the ball down to the CWHS 16, Matt Horton fumbled the ball and Luke Street recovered for the Red Hawks at their own 25. After an Ethan Griffin 13 yard run for a first down, Creek Wood again stalled and Garrett Dolinich had to punt. However, Cheatham County would fumble, and the Red Hawks were in business at the Cub 21. Poole rushed for a yard, then was called on again…fumbling the ball into the endzone, then recovering for a touchdown before the ball could roll out of bounds. Poole’s extra point try hit the left upright and bounced off, but the game was somehow tied 6-6 in the first half.

Poole’s kickoff rolled out of bounds in front of a Cheatham County returner, putting them at the 35, but after picking up a first down the Cubs were unable to convert. The Red Hawk defense forced a turnover on downs, but on a McCloud end around the ball came loose again and Cheatham recovered at their own 39. The Cubs would punt, and Creek Wood fed the defense a steady diet of Poole rushing the ball. Unfortunately for the Red Hawks, Poole tried to stretch a 12 yard run even longer, and the wet ball came out to Cheatham County.

The home team was set up at the 22, and took advantage of the miscue. Horton scored from 14 yards out, and added a rush for the 2 point conversion, to put Cheatham up 14-6. Both sides traded punts, and Creek Wood was unable to get anything else going before the end of the half.

In the second half, the sloppy field continued to cause sloppy play. Cheatham County picked up a first down, then Lovell was sacked, and one play later fumbled the football. Dakota Smith recovered to set up the Red Hawks at the Cub 37, but after a big run deep into the red zone Gibbs lost the ball to Cheatham County. Neither side could get much traction in the third, but early in the fourth quarter Gibbs led an effective drive, capped by a quarterback rush into the endzone for a score. Cheatham County was called for a penalty on the two-point try, moving the ball to the 1-and-a-half yard line, and Griffin plunged into the end zone for the tying two pointer. With 9:38 left in regulation, the game was tied 14-14.

Both teams showed signs of life in the final minutes, but neither side was able to score. In overtime, both teams get four downs to score from the 10 yard line, and as Cheatham won the toss the Red Hawks had to get the ball first. Creek Wood tried Griffin on a rush for 1 yard, and Gibbs passed to Griffin who was stopped short. Matthew Davids banged ahead for 3 yards on third and goal, but CWHS was still out of the endzone. Faced with a tough call–try a short field goal with a backup kicker in the mud, knowing a touchdown still beats you, or go for the touchdown on fourth down knowing that if you miss, any score ends the game–Creek Wood tried to rush the ball, and the Cub defense held the line. On Cheatham County’s first play of overtime, they went to a power I with three in the backfield, and powerful running back Marco Morrow hammered in from 10 yards out for a statement score that ended the game, 20-14 Cheatham in overtime.

The Creek Wood player of the game was Peyton Gibbs. Gibbs is used to rotating with Higgins, giving the Red Hawks a different look and letting Gibbs play more snaps on defense. With Higgins unavailable, Gibbs went the distance at QB, and gave the Red Hawks a chance to win, scoring a touchdown and getting the game to overtime. Cheatham improves to 1-3 on the season, while the Red Hawks fall to 1-3, having lost 2 in a row. Creek Wood hosts Lipscomb Academy on Friday night right here on, as the Red Hawks look to improve to 1-1 in Region 6-4A.

Cougars Fall Short in Comeback

Dickson County fell behind for the third straight week and wasn’t able to complete the comeback, falling 35-23 to Centennial in their first Region 7AAAAA matchup.

The Cougars fell behind early. Following a Jacob Murphree interception, Centennial seemed to flounder but a 41 yard touchdown pass to AJ Morreale got the visiting Cougars on the board 7-0 with 8:51 remaining in the first quarter. Dickson exchanged possessions and had the ball backed up in their own territory nearing the end of the first quarter. Murphree was picked off again and this time defensive back Warren Jones took it into the end zone for a pick six, putting Centennial up 14-0 with just 2:20 to go inthe opening period.

Dickson was not done yet. Just four seconds into the second quarter, Cody Rampaul connect with a 35 yard field goal to muster some positive momentum for the Cougars. Centennial responded quickly, extending their lead to 21-3 on an 8 yard touchdown run by Mondu Sawyers with 10:15 left in the half. Less than two minutes later, Jack Sensing caught a slant and raced 85 yards down the right sideline for Dickson’s first touchdown of the evening. The two point conversion failed, leaving Dickson behind 21-9. Centennial crossed the plain one more time in the first half. After a long punt return Centennial took over at the Dickson 14 yard line and wasted no time scoring. Texas A&M commit Tyrel Dodson handled the “Wildcat” snap and rumbled to the goal line making it 28-9 with 3:29 remaining in the second quarter. Dickson used another long run to score with just 15 ticks left in the half. For the second time in the quarter Sensing caught a simple slant and turned it into six points with his second 85 yard touchdown reception of the day. 

Now trailing 28-16, Dickson got the ball to start the second half. Neither team managed much offense in the third quarter. Midway through the quarter, a violent collision between starting quarterback Blake Lovell and Cougar safety Devontae Sanders resulted in a broke collarbone for Lovell and a backup quarterback into the game for Centennial. Senturian DuReaux moved from tailback to quarterback after the injury and in his first drive, scrambled 33 yards for another Centennial score. 

Now leading 35-16, Centennial had a comfortable lead with 12 minutes to play. Dickson closed the gap with a one yard Darian Burns touchdown plunge capping a physical drive but the Cougars would get no closer. 

Murphree finished 15-34 for 274 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 interceptions. Sensing had 6 catches for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Dickson travels to Spring Hill in a non-region game Friday at 7pm. That game can be heard here on With coverage starting at 6:30 with the RFC Sport Pregame Show presented by A-1 Signs.

Montgomery Central Blanks Red Hawks

The Creek Wood Red Hawks traveled up Highway 48 on Friday night, looking to win their second straight game, second straight road game, and first Region 6-4A  chance all in a single game. The homestanding Indians had other ideas.

Montgomery Central won the coin toss and elected to take the opening kickoff. Other than having to convert an early fourth down, they had few problems on that drive, chewing up almost 9 of the 12 minutes in the first quarter and capping the drive with a 6 yard touchdown run by QB Peyton Delvendahl to make it 7-0.

The Red Hawks got the ball back, but the 9 seniors on the Montgomery Central defense made it tough sledding all night for the Creek Wood offense. Central got the ball back as Dequimothy Northington intercepted a pass from Peyton Gibbs, and Delvendahl scored again soon after, this time from 3 yards out early in the second quarter. The extra point was no good, but MCHS led 13-0.

The experienced, unbeaten Indians were able to build momentum, keeping their offense on the field for long stretches to wear down the Red Hawk defense, while the MCHS defense kept Creek Wood out of the red zone most of the night. The Red Hawks got a solid drive going to start the second half, riding the fresh legs of Quinton Poole, but the drive stalled, and Coulter Dotson missed a field goal, so the Indians defense held.

Central continued to dominate the time of possession battle, and opened the fourth quarter with a 21 yard field goal by Mitchell Hosea to make it 16-0, and in the final 11 minutes of the contest tempers began to flare for the weary Red Hawks. That led to frustration and at least one personal foul penalty as Montgomery Central pulled away, and after another steady diet of running plays, the Indians scored again off a 1 yard run to give Delvendahl his third score of the night, and to put the game away 23-0. Gibbs and Devon Higgins made it interesting in the final minutes, but Higgins was picked off by Dillon Cooley, and one kneeldown ended the game at 23-0.

Despite the loss, several Red Hawks had solid performances. Gibbs had one of the Red Hawks’ two interceptions of the lightly-utilized Indians passing attack, while Johnny Lehto had a big 33 yard reception late and Poole rushed for over 50 yards. However, the clear player of the game for the Red Hawks was Hayden Boone, who had some big catches early, was targeted often, and almost certainly had double-digit tackles by halftime. Wherever the ball was, Boone was in the area all game, making him a worthy MVP.

While Central moves to 3-0 on the season, the Red Hawks (1-2, 0-1) travel to Cheatham County Central High School next Friday night for a non-region game. Kickoff from Ashland City is set for 7pm, and the game will again be heard on 101.5 The One FM and WDKN 1260 AM.

CW Overcomes Fumbles, Scores 17 Straight at FHS

The Creek Wood Red Hawks were all set to take down Fairview on the road and improve to 1-1 on the year. They just had to take care of some early jitters first.

Fairview recovered the opening kickoff, a Creek Wood onside kick attempt, but the Red Hawk defense stopped the drive around midfield and forced the Yellow Jackets to punt. On their first offensive play, CWHS quarterback Peyton Gibbs handed the ball off to Ethan Griffin around the goal line, but after a gain of about six yards, Griffin fumbled. Tony Torres recovered for Fairview and ran into the endzone for a touchdown. Just like that, Creek Wood was down 7-0, after a defensive stand and one offensive play.

The Jackets kicked off, and again Creek Wood was trapped in its own end. On the second play of that drive, Gibbs fumbled on a running play, and Fairview recovered in the end zone, scoring soon after to make it 14-0. The Red Hawks seemed snake-bitten: two drives, three plays, two fumbles, and two defensive touchdowns.

Fortunately for Creek Wood, the fumble bug was contagious, as both sides combined for more than a half-dozen fumbles in the game, and Fairview committed a large number of penalties that helped keep the Red Hawks in the game.

Creek Wood drove down the field late in the second quarter but was unable to find the end zone. Coach Justin Palmer elected to take the points, and Coulter Dotson booted a chip-shot field goal to trim the lead to 14-3 at the half. The Red Hawks took the opening kickoff of the second half, and marched the ball down the field, capping the drive with a Griffin touchdown run to make it 14-10 Fairview.

Hunter Zimmerman and his stable of running backs and wide receivers tried to make a charge of their own, but the Red Hawk defense and the Yellow Jackets’ own penalty troubles kept them from answering. Instead, Creek Wood took its first lead of the night off back to back fourth quarter plays from Quinton Poole to make it 17-14 CWHS.

Much like in week one, at home against Dickson County, the Red Hawks had to hold off a challenge in the final minutes with the lead. This time, however, the defense held, and forced a game tying field goal attempt. Freshman Jeff Perez attempted the 33 yarder, but pushed it left, and the Red Hawks took over at the 16 yard line with a minute and change left in regulation. Fairview used its time-outs wisely, but the clock was on Creek Wood’s side, and the Red Hawks were just barely able to run out the clock, and escape with the 17-14 win.

While Griffin made a nice recovery and Poole had a sensational second half, the MVP was punter Garrett Dolinich. In a game of field position, the former Charlotte Tiger showcased a golden toe, booming kicks over return-men’s heads all night. Without his ability to flip the field in the second half, the Red Hawks may have had a very different game on their hands.

The 1-1 Red Hawks continue their 3-game road trip Friday with a trek up Highway 48 to visit local rivals Montgomery Central. The game will be heard on 101.5 The One FM and WDKN 1260 AM, as the Red Hawks look to gain their first win in Region play this year.