Creek Wood’s boys basketball team is an interesting story.
Last year they post a 13-1 district record and an overall record of 22-8.
They fail to win their district tourney but make the region tourney, they lose in the championship but qualify for sectionals and lose in round one to Pearl-Cohn.
A very good season, and one that Coach Taylor and the program were set to build on this year returning a lot of talent and experience plus adding a dynamic freshman.
All that being said, the season so far has not quite gone the way the Red Hawks expected.
It starts with the injury to Brandon Porter during the final regular season game for the football team.
Coach Taylor had already informed me Brandon would not be playing basketball this year, forgoing it to make sure he was healthy for baseball season.
The injury however, simply made that a definite decision, no coming back or changing his mind.
Knowing they would not have a piece like Porter returning was already bad enough for Coach Taylor, but then just days before their first game, Taylor finds out he is also going to be without Elijah Donaldson who has chosen to step away from the team.
That is two big time athletes, who also played major minutes last season, that Creek Wood was down before they ever stepped on the court.
Now pair that with having little to no practice time for their incoming freshman sensation Jamison Ford, especially because Ford was a member of the football team that made a second round run into the TSSAA playoffs.
The icing on the cake it seems for the Red Hawks so far this season it seems, is that on top of all of the above, they have been forced to reschedule several games already this year and change out certain opponents.
So, instead of having winnable games like, Montgomery Central and Hillwood, the Red Hawks have had to play Gallatin and Pope John Paul the II. Not to mention Beech who they were scheduled to play anyway.
Sitting at 1-3 on the season with a sole win over Cheatham county and down 2 of last years starters certainly is not where Coach Taylor and this team planned to be at this point in the year.
However, this may come to be a blessing as they develop into more a team not solely reliant on 2-3 guys for their rebounding, scoring, defense, etc.
This also allows them to look back on the early part of the season entering district play and consider how for short stretches they competed with much bigger and better programs/teams like Beech, Gallatin, and PJPII.
Creek Wood will attempt to bounce back and get into the win column once again this year Friday night hosting White House Heritage.
You can hear the game on 101.5 the one, the RFC Sports Network, with Colin Castleberry on the call.