Montgomery Central and Creek Wood line up before a snap in Friday night’s Region 5-4A matchup
By Casey Patrick
CUNNINGHAM, TN – Montgomery Central, down 14 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter, came back to defeat Creek Wood 22-21 on Friday night. The Red Hawks led 14-0 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Indians scored two big touchdowns to tie the game with only two minutes remaining. Creek Wood took its final possession of regulation, making its way down the field with ease, giving the Red Hawks a chance at a 37-yard field goal. The ball slid just past the upright and overtime was needed.
Creek Wood took its first possession of overtime and scored on the second play as Danny Stansberry scored his second touchdown on the evening. Stansberry would end up with 161 yards rushing on the night as well. The Red Hawks kicked the extra point and Montgomery Central trotted out onto the field.
The Indians from Montgomery Central had a special play up their sleeve. LaKendriez Sanders had been the work horse all evening, so when he started running out wide from his tailback position, the defense followed, leaving a fairly large portion of the middle of the field open. Kaleb Lane, the Montgomery Central fullback, saw this crease and glided to the end zone almost untouched.
Instead of kicking the extra point, Montgomery Central head coach Jeffrey Tomlinson decided he wanted to go home. The Indians went for two and won the game behind the big running back LaKendriez Sanders. Sanders met an initial wall of Creek Wood defenders, but he received an extra push from his Montgomery Central teammates and was able to find the end zone.
“I love these kids, what else can you say, I love them,” Tomlinson said. “They work their tail off; they fight hard for this school, for this community and left everything out here on the field. They were resilient; we were down 14 points in the fourth quarter and they came back to tie it up.”
Creek Wood looked to have a hold on this game early as the Red Hawk offense was running up and down the field, while the defense held Montgomery Central quiet for the first 36 minutes of the game, but two early fumbles and an interception on a tipped pass led to three total turnovers that killed Creek Wood’s drives.
Penalties did nothing to help Creek Wood either, as they piled up holding calls and a few personal fouls throughout the evening. Montgomery Central was penalized once for a false start.
“It was just a really tough game, but that’s what Friday nights are about,” Creek Wood coach Houston Thiel. “It was a fun atmosphere and both teams played super hard; hats off to Coach T (Tomlinson) and them, they played a really good ball game.
“We had plenty of opportunities, we just didn’t take advantage.”
Moving forward, Montgomery Central will travel to Kingston Springs to take on the 1-4 Harpeth Indians in what will be the battle of the Indians, while Creek Wood will look to come back home and get back on track with a home game against Sycamore, who’s coming off a 34-14 loss vs. Fairview.