Creek Wood running back Danny Stansberry runs into the end zone for the opening score
By Casey Patrick
CHARLOTTE, TN – Danny Stansberry ran for two touchdowns as the Creek Wood Red Hawks shut out the Dickson County offense to win 17-0. The Red Hawks took the ball to begin the game and walked their way down the field for a touchdown to begin the game. That would be all they needed, but not all that they would score as Gerardo Velasco added a 43 yard field goal halfway through the third quarter to take a 10-0 advantage, and Stansberry added his second touchdown of the night from 22 yards out to go up 17-0.
A lackluster offense that has plagued Dickson County all offseason bled into the first game as the Cougars had a lot of trouble moving the ball. The Cougars only turned the ball over once, as did the Red Hawks, but the absence of any type of passing game made Dicsosn County one dimensional. On the ground Gavin Meadows led the way for Dickson County, but the Cougars never got into the end zone.
“We didn’t drop our heads when they scored that first touchdown,” Meadows said. “On defense we got a few stops, but offensively we’ve got to be better.”
“We trust our quarterback (Jacob Dooley), but he’s young and so is the rest of our team,” Dickson County Coach Randy Murphree said. “That’s not an excuse but we do have a bunch of sophomores and they are learning.”
The Creek Wood offense made a conscience effort to run left all night (away from Tre’vonn Rybka) and it worked. Stansberry led the Creek Wood offense with 145 yards two touchdowns. Mitch Duke, Elijah Donaldson and Will Secker all contributed on the ground as well. Duke and Secker were also a part of the Red Hawk defense that held Dickson County scoreless.
“I have to give a lot of credit to my offensive line,” Stansberry said. “Without them I couldn’t do what I do on offense. I really appreciate my offensive line and I always tell them I love them.”
“I feel like we played well tonight as a team,” Secker said. “We had a few penalties tonight that killed us, but we got the win. This game is a big deal and winning it on this field is great, I don’t really have the words to describe it.”
Creek Wood moves to 1-0 with the season opening win and will play Camden Central next week. Dickson County starts off the season 0-1 and Dickson will host Columbia Central next week. Both of those games will be Friday, August 30.
“I’m proud of these guys,” Creek Wood coach Houston Thiel said. “They’ve waited since last season to get their redemption and tonight they got it. All week we talked about wanting the ball first and going down and scoring a touchdown on our first drive and that’s exactly what we did. That gave us an upper hand.
“It’s week one of high school football so of course there were some mistakes and we will work on those, but overall it cooled down and made for a great night. It was a great night to showcase the counties and these two teams.”