The Creek Wood Red Hawks have begun the season as almost anyone would have expected.
They sit at 6-0 on the year with victories over many teams they rightfully should have beaten, and maybe even 1 they shouldn’t have.
Outside of the Montgomery Central game 2 weeks ago the Red Hawks have handled business in games they were favored. Those game in order being Dickson, Camden Central, Greenbrier, Harpeth and Sycamore with Mont. Central sandwiched between Harpeth and Sycamore.
Some games have been closer than expected, only a 1 touchdown margin at Dickson and just 13-0 over Greenbrier, but like great teams do Creek Wood found a way to win.
That won’t do going forward though as now the real test begins.
This week Creek Wood has to go on the road to White House Heritage before taking a bye week and finishing the year at home against White House and Portland, then going on the road to Springfield. That is 4 region games in 5 weeks, 2 of which are against 5-1 teams.
All that being said 6-0 is not something you will complain about if you are Coach Houston Thiel, however, you still have a long way to go if you plan on winning the region and getting past round 2 of the playoffs.
Your defense has been causing turnovers at a historic rate, averaging 1.5 interceptions a game. That being said going forward against better competition can you continue the trend?
Creek Wood has given up points and plenty of yards to much inferior opponents and relied on their ability to cause turnovers to shift game momentum.
Creek Wood also cannot become 1 dimensional.
Yes the running game with Elijah Donaldson, Brandon Porter, and Michael Harris is potent and lethal, but if that is all you can do consistently than better teams will stack the box and make you throw.
The passing game at times for the Red Hawks has been spectacular, and with the emergence of freshman Jamison Ford it could progress even further.
Its consistency though must get better. There have been too many drops or errant passes for Creek Wood to feel they can consistently beat better competition like they are set to face over the back half of this season.
This week it is a 1 loss White House-Heritage team on the road at 7 pm. The Red Hawks will have to have their most complete game yet if they hope to defeat a team that boasts a lot of talent and experience and whose only loss is to the defending state runner-up Springfield.
You can hear the game on 101.5 the one with myself and Bo Kennedy starting at 6:40 with pre-game and kickoff at 7 pm.