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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 RFCsports.com 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.

Camden Clips Creek Wood

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.

CW De-Claws Panthers

The Creek Wood Red Hawks dominated the Lewis County Panthers 35-0 on Friday night in Hohenwald. The Red Hawks used a stout, opportunistic defense and an efficient offense to ruin homecoming for Lewis County and earn the shutout. Creek Wood’s defense forced a three and out, then the offense marched down the field and scored the eventual game winner with a 20 yard Dylan Huffman run on fourth down.

The Panthers came into the game banged up, as they had been for several weeks. Lewis County shuffled Brennan Holt and Dresden Barnes in and out at the quarterback spot, but neither player could find a rhythm. Every time the Panthers would pick up a few first downs in the game, the Creek Wood defense would stiffen and force a turnover, including Ian Spence intercepting a pass inside the five and returning it for another of the Red Hawks’ five scores–his second interception for a touchdown in as many games.

While running backs Daven Odom and Cade Brewer were among the few bright spots for the Panthers, the Red Hawks had a variety of weapons shine in the game. Kyle Klotz had another solid performance, running the ball well and getting a rushing touchdown while anchoring the linebacking corps, but Mathis Duncan had a spectacular game rushing the ball, catching in Creek Wood’s impressive passing performance, and playing defense in a defensive backfield that was without Peyton Gibbs. Duncan would finish with two touchdowns, as the Red Hawks held a dominant 35-0 lead at the half.

By rule, the 35-point margin in the second half meant that the clock ran continuously after Creek Wood took the opening kickoff. While the Red Hawks were unable to score again, their deliberate, methodical offense chewed up clock from the first drive, and the furious defense led by Austin Newsom, Wyatt Page, and Hayden Boone kept the Panthers from getting close to the endzone again. When the Lewis County offense broke some big plays in the fourth quarter and it looked like they might avoid the shutout, the Red Hawk defense stiffened, and Lewis County was unable to convert on a fourth down in Creek Wood territory. With around six minutes left in the game, Creek Wood took over again, and between Spence and Klotz at quarterback the Red Hawks bled off every second they could to escape with the 35-0 win.

As Waverly beat Hickman County on Friday night to improve to 6-1 in the District, Thursday night’s action is not as clean cut for the Red Hawks. If Creek Wood beats Camden and Waverly beats Fairview, the Waverly Central Tigers would win District 11-AA, while the Lions and Red Hawks would be tied for the second spot in the district and its automatic playoff berth. If Creek Wood and Fairview both pull the upset this week there would be a three way tie between Camden, Creek Wood, and Waverly for the district championship, meaning that tiebreaker rules would decide the top two spots and the third place team would go in as a wild card team. The Red Hawks host Camden Central Thursday night at 7:30 in Charlotte.

Players of the Week presented by First Bank – Week 7

Week 7

Creek Wood 20 Montgomery Central 14

Kyle Klotz

Dickson 0 Ravenwood 34

Calarence Fossie provided a defensive spark on a night when positives were hard to come by. The senior continues to provide defensive leadership from his linebacker spot and shines when his number is called offensively.

Clarence Fossie accepts his First Bank Player of the Week gameball
Clarence Fossie accepts his First Bank Player of the Week gameball

CW Grounds Eagles in Blowout at Home

The East Hickman Eagles won their first game of the season over district rival Stewart County the week before, but that didn’t help East as it traveled north to Charlotte. The Creek Wood Red Hawks blasted the Eagles 48-24 in a lopsided contest on Friday, one that saw much of the second half played with the mercy rule before East Hickman was able to cut the Red Hawks’ lead below 35 against the home side’s reserves.

East Hickman got the ball first, and after Jacob Stone completed a pass to Trent Harrington for a first down the Creek Wood defense put a stop to the drive and forced a punt. The Red Hawks had the ball on their own 40, then a false start pushed them back to the 35. Ian Spence found Mathis Duncan for a 65 yard passing touchdown, and with 10:19 left in the first quarter Creek Wood was up 7-0. East moved the ball well on its second drive, showing signs of the offense that put up over 50 points in a win the week before. However, Duncan ripped the ball out of a receiver’s hands inside the 20 yardline, forcing a fumble and getting the recovery without the ball hitting the ground, and the Red Hawks never looked back. Kyle Klotz capped off a drive of around 6 plays with a 2 yard touchdown run, and it was 14-0 with 7:24 left in the first.

East Hickman moved the ball well again on drive number three, picking up a couple of first downs before a Creek Wood interception returned for a touchdown was negated by a penalty. The Eagles converted on fourth down twice on the drive, including a 12 yard touchdown pass from Stone to Cody Thomason, and East Hickman had cut the lead to 14-7 with 4:19 to go in the first. Less than a minute later, the Red Hawks would answer; Spence threw an incomplete pass on first down, then ran the ball himself on second down for a 72 yard rushing touchdown to make it 21-7. The Creek Wood defense would force a three and out, and the Red Hawks would get the ball back as the first quarter expired.

Two minutes into the second, Klotz would score his second touchdown of the day on a 4 yard scamper. Less than four minutes later, Spence would sell the entire stadium on a fake, then keep it himself for a 23 yard touchdown run, an before the half drew to a close Spence would score again, this time getting an approximately 70-yard interception for a score that wouldn’t get called back. Both sides would trade fumbles, but the half would end 42-7 Creek Wood, and the dominant defense feeding efficient offense meant the mercy rule would be in effect to start the second half.

Klotz would be in as the squad’s quarterback in the third, and with 1:30 left in the period he would keep it himself on a designed “wildcat” quarterback run, scoring from 5 yards out to make it 48-7. The Eagles would sell out to block Spence’s extra point, and their successful effort would make a difference in the fourth quarter. Austin Sheperd would score from 2 yards out with 8:35 left in regulation, and the successful extra point from Taylor Eubanks made it 48-14. The missed extra point on Creek Wood’s last touchdown meant the lead was only 34 points, not the 35 required by the mercy rule, so the clock no longer ran continuously.

Stone found Harrington for a 14 yard score through the air, and Stone–the team’s running back last season–took in the two point conversion himself to make it 48-22 with 2:48 left. While a comeback seemed unlikely, the Eagles played with fire, and pinned Creek Wood back near the goal line on its ensuing possession. Wingback James Hammock had already taken over as Creek Wood’s third quarterback, and he was sacked trying to get out of the endzone by Daniel Myers. The safety, just 25 seconds after the last East Hickman score, cut the lead to 48-24, and a defensive pass interference call with 59 seconds left kept the Eagles moving down the field. However, East would get no closer as Creek Wood put its starters back in on defense. The Eagles seemed to accept their fate after that, and the Red Hawks held on for a 48-24 district victory.

The race to the postseason has gotten murky over the last two weeks. After East Hickman beat Stewart County to leave the Rebels the only winless team in District 11-AA, Stewart County upended Lewis County 26-15. The Panthers, Creek Wood’s opponent next week in Hohenwald, were on cloud nine after handing Waverly its first district loss last week; the Tigers gave Camden Central ITS first district loss 34-31 this week, leaving every team in the District with at least one win and at least one loss. Fairview also shocked the world with a 41-28 win at home against Hickman County this week, giving the Bulldogs two losses in the district and the same district record as Creek Wood. If Hickman County beats Waverly, Camden beats Stewart County, and Creek Wood wins at Lewis County next week, the Halloween-week regular season finales would be very important. Camden would come in 6-1 in the district and would travel to 5-2 Creek Wood, while 5-2 Waverly would play at home against Fairview. A Fairview upset would then put Creek Wood and Camden in the playoffs as the top two teams in the district, with the CW/Camden game deciding the district championship as well. A Waverly win might give them an automatic playoff spot at 6-2, ahead of Creek Wood with a Red Hawk loss or in a three way tie atop the district with a win.

In short, Creek Wood needs a win Friday night at Lewis County to keep not only its playoff hopes alive, but its shot at a district championship.

Creek Wood Overcomes Penalties to win at Mont. Central

The Creek Wood Red Hawks had a tougher opponent to overcome on Friday night than their opponents, the Montgomery Central Indians. Creek Wood had to overcome itself in a hard-fought battle in the rain, as the Red Hawks committed several costly penalties in a soggy district game on the road against a talented rival team. Somehow the Red Hawks pulled it all together, scoring 20 straight points to turn a 7-0 deficit into a 20-7 lead, and Creek Wood’s defense salted away a 20-14 win in Cunningham.

Jack Hummel put the Indians on top at home with a big rushing touchdown on the first play of the second quarter, and the rain-and-mud-soaked Red Hawks were staring down a 7-0 score. Late in the half, Ian Spence handed the ball to workhorse Kyle Klotz, who scored from 17 yards out, and with Spence’s extra point the game was tied. The Creek Wood defense held, and the two teams went to the locker room even at 7-7.

Creek Wood dominated much of the second half, with Austin Newsom and Wyatt Page wreaking havoc in the Montgomery Central backfield (much like they did in the first half), Devon Higgins and Peyton Gibbs keeping receivers out of the end zone, and the tandem of Mathis Duncan and Jonathan McCloud catching Spence’s passes. Lost in the box score, however, was the second half rushing prowess of Dylan Huffman. The junior receiver ran the end around with great success, and set up both of the Red Hawks’ second half scores. Both times came in the third quarter, both times Huffman was forced out at the 1 yard line, an both times Klotz punched in the score soon after. Spence made the extra point on the first touchdown of the second half to make it 14-7 and cement the Red Hawks’ first lead of the game, but he didn’t get a chance on the second; whether the snap was bad, the hold was bad, or the play was a fake, Klotz tried for a two point conversion following his third score of the day, but the try was no good. Creek Wood led 20-7 and was solidly in front, but the game was far from over.

In the fourth quarter, Montgomery Central found new life, and despite injuries and wet conditions the Indians mixed the pass and the run to engineer a scoring drive. Peyton Delvendahl coordinated an efficient attack, passing to Dequimothy Northington, rushing in the veer with backfield mates T. J. Sauers and Brady Maynard, and using hobbled dual-threat Tyler Snead on the ground and through the air. Ultimately it was Hunter Harris who caught the only passing touchdown of the night from Delvendahl, but the squib kickoff did not bounce to an Indian for a lucky onside kick. Creek Wood could not successfully kill the clock, so the teams traded possessions late in a six point game. Inside of a minute, Montgomery Central had its second and final chance to win the game but Northington was unable to tip a fourth down pass back to himself enough to secure the catch that would have kept the game alive. The ball went over on downs, Spence got to take a knee, and the Red Hawks escaped with a hard fought district win, 20-14.

Creek Wood improves to 4-3 overall, 3-2 in District 11-AA, with a home game Friday against eighth-place East Hickman (1-6, 1-5). The Eagles got their win this past Friday night as well, thumping Stewart County 55-47. The fourth-place Red Hawks sit just behind third place Waverly Central, who allowed a late rally by Lewis County and lost 46-41. Creek Wood travels to Lewis County next week, before finishing at home against Camden (6-1, 5-0).