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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.

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.

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.

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.

DC Breaks CW’s Hearts On Final Drive

The pundits didn’t think Creek Wood had a chance. Those pundits were wrong, as the smaller Red Hawks under first-year head coach Justin Palmer dominated the season opening showdown against the established Dickson County squad on Friday night.

Unfortunately for the home side, the final score did not reflect the tone of the game as the Cougars mounted an impressive comeback and stole the win 21-15 in Charlotte.

The two sides traded punts in the opening quarter, and the Red Hawks got the raw end of the field position battle in the process. However, two big plays from running back Ethan Griffin sparked Creek Wood on a late drive–the latter being a 30 yard touchdown run with 59 seconds left in the opening stanza. The snap on the extra point try was wide and bounced off holder Luke Street’s hand, but he chased it down and somehow found the endzone on the left side of the field, giving CWHS an 8-0 lead.

Creek Wood shocked the visiting Cougars with an onside kick and drove the ball deep into Dickson County’s end, but the drive stalled. The Red Hawks had multiple trips into the red zone in the first half, but were unable to cash in, with a missed field goal and a turnover on downs at the two. Dickson County also had miscues in the opening stanzas, including a costly clipping penalty that negated a touchdown that could have led to the tie. When the first half came to a close, Creek Wood still held on to the 8-0 lead.

Almost five minutes into the third, Dickson County finally found an answer, as Collier Wolcott banged his way into the endzone from seven yards out, but the two-point conversion was no good and the Red Hawks still led 8-6. Creek Wood answered back quickly with a 9 yard Griffin touchdown with 3:26 left in the third, and the Coulter Dotson extra point made it 15-6 Red Hawks.

Just 30 seconds into the fourth quarter, the Cougars answered right back with a 90 yard touchdown run from Tez Coleman, and the Chase Rampaul extra point made it 15-13 CWHS. Neither side could find the knockout punch right away in a tight fourth quarter, but fate began to intervene in the final minutes.

Creek Wood was trying to run the clock down, but the clock malfunctioned and referees had to keep the time on the field. The Red Hawks were unable to pick up the first down and had to punt the ball back to DCHS with mere minutes left and a field goal lead.

Jacob Murfree and the Dickson County offense responded by going to work. Unfazed by the unique clock situation, the visitors marched down the field and took the 21-15 lead off a Darian Burns 11 yard touchdown run and two-point conversion with around 20 seconds left.

Rampaul drove the kick down against the Red Hawk return game, and Creek Wood was unable to answer the DCHS score especially with no clear indicator of time remaining. The officials’ clocks ran out, and a 194 yard quarter by the Cougar offense shocked the home fans with a 21-15 walkoff win to make it 2 in a row for the Navy and Orange.

Creek Wood cycled quarterbacks Peyton Gibbs and Devan Higgins with solid results, a combined 16 of 24 for 162 and an interception, while the Cougars found less success through the air, punted 7 times, and were called for 12 penalties resulting in 90 yards. While both sides excelled in the run game, however, Dickson County made its hay on the ground. CWHS rushed 41 times for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns, but Dickson County only rushed 14 times but amassed 260 yards and 3 scores. Griffin finished with both scores for the Red Hawks, but Dickson County had a pair of 100 yard rushers: Coleman with 117 yards and a touchdown, and Burns with 108 and a score.

Dickson County hosts Columbia on Friday night, in a game that can be heard on WDKN 1260 AM and 101.5 The One FM. Creek Wood looks to rebound with a road trip to Fairview, a game that can be heard right here on by clicking on the Listen Live button.

Blue Devils Singe Creek Wood in Playoffs

The Creek Wood Red Hawks got what many believed was a favorable matchup for the first round of the TSSAA Class 4A State Playoffs, travelling to White House to clash against the Blue Devils. The teams sported identical 6-4 records and similar rosters of big, physical kids. White House backed into the playoffs after a slow start, while Creek Wood ended the year on a 4-1 run, and many thought the well-established White House faithful would overlook the relative newcomers from Charlotte and White Bluff.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go as the Red Hawks had planned, and the host Blue Devils throttled the Red Hawks 35-0, ending Creek Wood’s football season with a disappointing loss.

The Red Hawk defense started strong, forcing a three and out, but the ensuing punt pinned them back deep in their own end. Creek Wood failed to convert on a third and one, and Ian Spence’s punt was blocked and recovered by White House at the 15. Two plays later, talented running back Trey Hyde punched it in from 5 yards out, and the Blue Devils took a 7-0 lead with about 9 minutes left in the first.

A couple of 7 yard rushes from Mathis Duncan and Derek Sutton gave Creek Wood its first first down of the game on the next drive, but the drive would then stall and the Red Hawks would have to punt. The Blue Devils used up just over 4 minutes to drive the ball 75 yards to make it 14-0 with just 31 seconds left in the first, capping it off with a 10 yard run by Hyde for the score. The Creek Wood defense would bend but not break in the second quarter, and White House would take a 14-0 lead into the locker room.

Both teams would trade three-and-out possessions to start the second half, but Spence was intercepted on a third and five in his own end. White House took over at the Creek Wood 40, and needed just nine seconds to pad their lead. Steven Rankin found Caleb Huffines for a 40 yard passing touchdown to make it 21-0. On Creek Wood’s next offensive play after the kickoff, the Red Hawks would fumble the football away, and the Blue Devils took over at the Creek Wood 21. Four plays later, quarterback Rankin called his own number from a yard out, and rushed for the score to put it away 28-0, with more than 6 minutes left in the third.

Tempers would flare throughout the second half, and penalties hampered both offenses in the final 18 minutes, but with about 8 minutes to go sophomore Ronald Honeycutt would rub salt in the Red Hawks’ wounds with a 23 yard touchdown run to make it 35-0 White House, and trigger the running clock under the mercy rule.

Creek Wood finished the year 6-5, while White House advanced to take on Giles County. The 8-seed Giles County will travel to White House on Friday, after the Bobcats upset #1 seed Marshall County 38-35.