The Creek Wood Redhawks collected their first district win of the season Friday night with a 45-7 win against the Greenbrier Bobcats.
“I am really proud of our guys,” said Creek Wood head coach Houston Thiel. “This is a huge region win for us. The second half really showed what kind of football team we are.”
“They have a really good team,” said Greenbrier head coach John Elmore. “They took advantage of some turnovers and short-field situations.”
The first quarter started with Greenbrier capitalizing on a turnover by Creek Wood with 10:10 remaining. The Bobcats powered their way into the end zone on a 46-yard touchdown run from senior running back Reagan Conquest.
“[Conquest] has good vision and speed,” said Elmore. “He was able to find the seam and bounce it outside.”
With 3:13 left in the first quarter, Redhawks’ junior quarterback Elijah Donaldson punched in a 2-yard rushing touchdown. But Creek Wood missed the extra point to keep the lead at 7-6 for the Bobcats.
In the second quarter, the Redhawks completed an 8-yard touchdown pass from Donaldson to running back Danny Stansberry with 10:28 remaining. Creek Wood failed the two-point conversion, taking a 12-7 lead.
With 7:41 left until halftime, Stansberry ran for a 67-yard touchdown to push the Redhawks’ lead to 19-7 at the half.
With a little more than three minutes into the third quarter, Creek Wood’s kicker tacked on a field goal to lengthen the Redhawks’ lead to 22-7.
At the 6:29 mark in the third, Stansberry picked up his third touchdown of the game with a 31-yard run as Creek Wood’s offense pushed its lead to 29-7.
“I was able to have a big night because of my offensive linemen,” said Stansberry. “They have really worked on their blocking schemes.”
“[Stansberry] is a heck of a football player, playing in a cast and is still rocking and rolling,” said Thiel. “I am super proud of his effort and the blocking up front.”
Just before the end of the third quarter, Creek Wood running back Javon Sweat pounded his way into the end zone from the 5-yard line to extend the lead to 36-7.
Creek Wood collected a 35-yard field goal to balloon their lead to 39-7 with 4:40 left in the game.
The Redhawks scored with 2:58 remaining on a 34-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Jacob Stephens to senior Brock Veach to end the game.
Greenbrier will play host to Portland at home on Friday, Sept. 13.
“Portland will be a huge region game for us,” said Elmore. “I told the team that all of us have got to get better.”
Creek Wood will travel to Harpeth High School on Friday.
“We hope to continue to build on this big win,” said Thiel. “Good football teams improve every week, and that is what we are looking to do as a team.”