A fourth quarter comeback came up short as the Creek Wood RedHawks fell to Montgomery Central 31-28 on homecoming night. The loss drops Creek Wood to 3-2 on the season, ending their three-game win streak, while the Indians improve to 5-0.
Montgomery Central scored on their opening possession, driving down the field with the help of a strong running game. Lakendriez Sanders scored from 13 yards out to give the Indians an early 7-0 lead. The Red Hawks answered with a 46-yard touchdown run from quarterback Mitch Duke. Sanders scored again for the Indians from six-yards out to give Montgomery Central a 14-7 lead
The Indians would close out the half with a 26-yard field goal to give themselves a ten-point lead at halftime, at 17-7.
After taking the second half kickoff, Montgomery Central used a nearly eight-minute drive to score again, getting a two-yard touchdown from Devonta Skelton. With the extra point, the Indians were cruising at 24-7 with less than a quarter and a half to play.
The RedHawks started to mount a comeback. Garrett Stansberry scored from one yard out to cut the Indians lead to 24-13.
On their next possession, Sam Askins burst down the sideline for a 23-yard score. Duke ran it in on the two-point conversion and the Indians lead was cut to three at 24-21.
Montgomery Central responded when Skelton scored from 17 yards out on third down, increasing the lead to ten.
Creek Wood went to the passing game on their next drive. Three straight incompletions forced a fourth down play that paid off when Duke hit Danny Stanberry for a short completion that turned into a long run to the Montgomery Central 42-yard line. One play later, Duke hit J.J. Higgins for a touchdown to cut the lead to three. Mitch Duke was the Manhattan Trophies Player of the Game, rushing for 91 yards and a touchdown, as well as 68 yards and a touchdown in the air.
The Red Hawks went for the onside kick but it was recovered by Noah Aldrich and the Indians ran out the clock to secure the 31-28 victory..