Creek Wood takes down Sycamore at home

Senior receiver Will Secker runs in Creek Wood’s opening touchdown on a pass thrown by Elijah Donaldson

Photo: Howard Abell/MidTennSports

By Casey Patrick

CHARLOTTE, TN – Creek Wood defeated Sycamore 42-14 on Friday evening. Senior running back Danny Stansberry led the Creek Wood offense with touchdown runs of 49 yards and 56 yards, but that was only after Elijah Donaldson threw two touchdowns within the first three minutes of the game, with the first going to Will Secker for a 26 yard touchdown pass and the second going to Sam Batey from 11 yards out.

Sycamore scored two touchdowns on the night, both on the ground, as Grady McPherson scored on a quarterback sneak in the second quarter, after a scramble and long run got the War Eagles in the red zone on a fourth down. Tyler Niebel scored on a 70 yard scamper in the fourth quarter to make the game 42-14, which would end up being the final score.

For Creek Wood, this was a good opportunity to get back in the win column after a tough loss last week against Montgomery Central, but for Sycamore, this game was almost an after-thought after what had been a tough week off the field for the War Eagles.

“We fought like hell,” Sycamore coach Justin Robison said. “It’s been a rough one. They (the Sycamore football team) were at the funeral home before this game. We’ve got other families in our football family hurting right now.

“We’ve got injuries, we had two freshmen starting, and that’s not to say that they’re not good, it’s just sometimes they may not be completely ready. We fought hard tonight against a really good Creek Wood team.”

Creek Wood coach Houston Thiel appreciated his team’s hard work and execution. With the sizable lead that the Red Hawks were able to attain, it allowed Thiel to use some of his younger guys later in the game and get them valuable reps.

“I thought we came out and played well,” Creek Wood coach Houston Thiel said. “We came out and cut the penalties down, we did still have a turnover so there’s always something to work on, but we executed early. Our offense came out and executed well, defense caused turnovers and we took advantage of them.

“We’re really pleased with the overall performance and we got a lot of younger guys reps too. It’s good for those younger kids to get in there and see that speed and physicality against another team’s starters.”

U next Creek Wood will turn its attention to White House Heritage, who was able to get a big win in an upset victory over Portland a week ago. That game will take place at Creek Wood High School. For Sycamore, the War Eagles will look to get back into the win column with homecoming next week as they host cross-town rival Harpeth who is coming off a tough loss to a very strong Montgomery Central team.

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