Donaldson leads Creek Wood to victory over Camden Central

Creek Wood receiver Mitch Duke on the run from a Camden defender

By Casey Patrick

cpatrick@mainstreetmediatn.com

CAMDEN, TN – Creek Wood traveled to Camden Central Friday night and not only won against a big time foe but dominated for a 41-27 victory.

Junior quarterback Elijah Donaldson led the Red Hawk offense with four touchdowns, including the opening score of the game.

After Donaldson’s initial score, Creek Wood took a 7-0 lead with 3:34 in the first quarter and then extended that lead with a touchdown pass to Will Secker with 1:04 left in the first quarter.

Just two minutes later, Donaldson added another touchdown through the air as he found Sam Batey five minutes into the second quarter. Mitch Duke, who ended up with 120 carries and two touchdowns, ran for another Creek Wood score just before half to give the Red Hawks a 28-14 advantage.

“Offensively, we executed really well,” Creek Wood coach Houston Thiel said. “We had lots of different guys contributing to the cause.”

The Creek Wood defense was able to force a few turnovers, including a fumble recovery by Jair Rubio, who finished with 10 total tackles. Drake Griffin, last week’s Dickson Post Defensive Player of the Week for Creek Wood, delivered another strong performance with 11 tackles and a sack.

“Our defense managed the game very well,” Thiel added. “We were able to get some timely turnovers.”

The second half brought more of the same, as Donaldson scored his final touchdown of the evening on a 42-yard touchdown run to give Creek Wood the 34-14 lead at the beginning of the third quarter. Duke added the final Creek Wood score by racing an 89-yard touchdown run with 5:05 left in the third quarter.

Camden Central added two more touchdowns, but Creek Wood was able to hold on to its two-score lead.

“Camden is a very physical, hard-nosed team,” Thiel stated. “It was a battle in the trenches all night long. I’m really impressed with how we matched their physicality.”

Creek Wood moved to 2-0 on the season and host Greenbrier, which the Red Hawks beat 36-35 in overtime last season. The game is set for Friday at 7 pm in Charlotte.

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