Little things had plagued the Creek Wood Red Hawks for almost a month. They lost a pair of games by a combined 7 points, then lost by 21 in a game where they didn’t fumble and were plus-one in turnover margin. Special teams, fumbles, and interceptions proved costly in a 3-week stretch that led to a 1-4 start and a 4 game losing streak. However, all of that seemed like ancient history as the Red Hawks hammered the East Hickman Eagles 43-6 on Homecoming Friday however, and Creek Wood looked like a well-oiled machine.
Creek Wood won the opening toss and took the ball first, showing confidence in their offense against a winless team. After a 14 yard run from Quinton Poole on the first play of the game, Devon Higgins completed 3 straight passes to get the ball to the 17 yardline. After a holding call backed up the Red Hawks to the 28, they needed another 5 plays to find the endzone on a 6 yard run from Poole. Luke Ptak hit the extra point to cap a 10 play, 74 yard drive, and with under 9 to play in the first quarter the Red Hawks led 7-0.
East Hickman got good field position to start the drive, and a Red Hawk encroachment call made it first and 5. Junior Tyler Mobley rushed for 3 yards on back to back plays, but the drive stalled and a third down holding call backed up the Eagles and forced a punt. Creek Wood got the ball back at their own 47, and on second down Poole dragged a defender across the ground on a 13 yard rush out to the Eagle 34. Higgins found Tanner Corlew for 14 yards and another first down, then Poole rushed for 4 yards and paid it off with a 16 yard touchdown run. The extra point was no good, but with 2:50 left in the first Creek Wood led 13-0.
A good kick by the Red Hawks and an illegal use of hands call on East Hickman on the kickoff pushed back the Eagles to their own 18 on the ensuing possession. Mobley and quarterback Tony Capps rushed the ball to set up a third and 4, and a Creek Wood encroachment gave them the first down. However, Mobley was stopped for a one yard loss, and Capps completed a pass to Lenny Watts for no gain. A false start backed them up for a third and 16, and a Capps-to-Watts 3 yard completion forced a punt. The snap bounced off the ground, then off the punter’s chest and away from him. He scooped it up and was decked, giving the Red Hawks first and 10 at the 11. Poole only needed one play to hammer in a third score of the day, and with the Ptak point-after it was 20-0 Creek Wood with 11:02 left in the second.
East Hickman’s next drive would fall apart inside the red zone, as Capps nearly through a pick, the Eagles false started, and Kamron Baker picked off Capps on fourth and 15. An Eagle lost his helmet but still tried to get involved in the play, resulting in an illegal participation penalty as well, so the Red Hawks got the ball at their own 24. Poole was featured on the next three plays, rushing for 29 yards, catching a pass for 18, and rushing for 6. Backup quarterback Timmy Randolph made it all count with a 3 yard rushing touchdown, and despite a missed extra point it was 26-0 Red Hawks with 5:42 left before halftime.
The Eagles got the ball across midfield on their next drive but after a 15 yard pass from Capps to Mobley, the junior running back coughed up the football and the Red Hawks recovered. Higgins found Hayden Boone for a 30 yard strike and a first down, but he went back to the air again with a fastball that got tipped up in the air and picked off by Dylan Thomason for East Hickman. Set up at the Creek Wood 34, Capps found Adonnis Simon for 24 yards, and with a taunting call against Creek Wood got a first and goal from the 4. Mobley got the call and was up for the task on the ground, putting East on the board. The Eagles tried to pass for the two point conversion and missed, as Capps couldn’t hook up with Simon in the endzone, and the lead stayed at 26-6 with 2:34 left before half.
The Red Hawks got the ball at their own 47, and Higgins rushed for 3 and then 4 yards. He found Zeke Lecomte through the air on third down, he was stopped for a loss of 4. Facing fourth and 6 from their own 48 and with a punter playing in his first game back from a leg injury, Coach Chuck Daniel elected to go for it instead. Higgins found Brent Harris through the air for a 23 yard completion and a fresh set of downs out at the 29, then found Lecomte for 13 more, all while running the 2-minute offense. Poole got a try on the ground but it was called back on a hold, so Higgins went back to the air and found Lecomte for a 19 yard touchdown with 12 seconds left in the half. The extra point was good and the Eagles just got one play off before heading to the locker room with the score 33-6 Red Hawks.
East went 3-and-out to start the second half, and Creek Wood got the ball back at the Eagle 44. Higgins was 4-of-5 on the 10-play, 44-yard scoring drive, and despite a sack and two negative-yardage rushing plays from Poole, the Red Hawks found the endzone, lining up Sam Askins in the backfield and giving him the rock for a 15 yard score on fourth down. The extra point was good, and with 4:14 left in the third it was 40-6 Creek Wood. The 34-point margin wasn’t enough to trigger the mercy rule and a running clock, but the Red Hawks quickly fixed that problem. Capps went to the air on the first play of the ensuing drive, and Baker snagged his second pick of the game. Things were not as crisp on the drive that followed as the reserves were filtering in, but Randolph and Dillan McNeil got the Red Hawks in position and Ptak canned a 26 yard field goal to give the game its final margin of 43-6.
As the game clock wound down, the second and third teams checked in, but neither side was able to do much overall. J. R. Rubio picked off freshman quarterback Codey Truman, giving Creek Wood’s third quarterback Blaine Allsbrooks some time with McNeil and company, but on first and goal from the 8 Allsbrooks lost the ball and East Hickman took over. Mobley got some more work in the late stages, but Truman was not able to get in rhythm otherwise, and the clock ran out giving Creek Wood a blowout win on homecoming night.
The stats told an interesting story, as Creek Wood did not punt even with their punter back, though the Red Hawks committed 10 penalties, lost a fumble, and threw a pick. The Red Hawk defense had 2 interceptions by Baker, the game MVP, and took away a fumble as well. Higgins was 14 of 17 passing for 193 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while connecting with 7 different receivers. Randolph was 1 for 2, finding Poole for 18 yards, and Allsbrooks was 0 for 1. Capps was surprisingly accurate, going 8 for 13 but for just 90 yards and two interceptions. Mobley was 0 for 1 passing on a trick play, and Truman was 0 for 6 with a pick.
Brent Harris was Creek Wood’s leading receiver, catching 2 passes for 41 yards, while Corlew had 4 catches for 28 and Lecomte had 3 for 28 yards and a score. East was led by Devontae Springer who had 2 catches for 31 yards, while Mobley and Simon each had 2 for 28. As a team, Creek Wood out rushed the Eagles 204 to 106, with Poole leading the way on homecoming with 105 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 12 carries. McNeil carried the ball 5 times for 68 yards. Mobley had 15 carries for 71 yards and a score, while Capps had 6 carries for just 15 yards.
Poole was the offensive juggernaut on the day, with 131 of Creek Wood’s 397 all purpose yards; this means that 1/3 of the Red Hawks’ yards came through #29.
Creek Wood stays at home this week, as Hillwood comes to town. The Hilltoppers escaped with a 4-point win in Nashville last year, but the Red Hawks will need every Region win they can get if they want a shot at the playoffs. Hillwood suffered a tough loss Friday night 29-14 at Whites Creek. Kickoff is set for 7:30 on WDKN 1260 AM.