The White House Heritage Patriots came into Charlotte as heavy underdogs Friday night. After all, they came in 0-6, and Creek Wood was celebrating homecoming. The Pats gave the home side all it could handle, however, as the Red Hawk defense forced an end-zone incompletion with no time on the clock to salt away a 21-14 victory.
The Red Hawks started the game with a dominant first quarter, shutting down the Heritage offense and running the ball well, but the home side only mustered a single score. The Patriots tied the score at 7-7 off a breakout rush, but Creek Wood answered back for a 14-7 lead. The Red Hawks got the ball to open the second half, but couldn’t string together scores as penalties marred the showing all night. White House Heritage tied the game again at 14-14, and Creek Wood was again in a tight ballgame with a winless team for the second straight game.
The Red Hawks were able to find the endzone one more time for a 21-14 lead, but the Patriots went to a 2-minute offense with great success. White House Heritage had multiple cracks at the endzone in the final moments, but the final play of the game was a pass over the head of a covered wideout in the endzone, allowing CWHS to breathe a sigh of relief and escape with a one-score win in front of the homecoming crowd.
Despite the dominant rushing performance, Creek Wood’s Clay Ruf was named Player of the Game, for breaking up several passes and nearly intercepting the Heritage quarterback more than once.
The Red Hawks get one more non-region tuneup Friday night against Sycamore, before three straight region games to close out the regular season. Friday night’s game will be on both 101.5 The One FM and WDKN 1260 AM, because Dickson County is on the bye week.