Creek Wood Wins Overtime Thriller Over Rival Dickson County
By Eugene Cathey
It took an overtime period to determine the winner for the first time in series history, in what could be called an instant classic, in the Creek Wood–Dickson County Rivalry Friday night. The Creek Wood defense led the way in getting the win, as they defeated the Cougars by a score of 13-7.
The Red Hawks offense, led by senior quarterback Eathon Donaldson, would strike first midway through the first quarter, as Donaldson would find sophomore wide receiver Keon Robertson for a 46-yard touchdown pass to go up 7-0.
Creek Wood’s defense more than held its own all night against a Dickson County offense that is led by Eastern Kentucky quarterback commitment Colbey Lamberth, including forcing two punts to open the game.
Donaldson and the Red Hawks offense were driving midway through the second quarter and were deep in Cougars territory, when Donaldson was intercepted by Dickson County’s Senior linebacker Wyatt Harmon.
Lamberth and the Cougars were able to take advantage, as he found senior wide receiver Ian Bonura near the sideline that he was able to break down the sideline to the end zone to tie the game 7-7 with 5:54 left in the second quarter.
The third quarter brought about turnovers for both offenses as fumbles were lost and both defenses held up and forced punts throughout a scoreless third quarter.
The fourth quarter brought much of the same, as both teams were not able to get much going offensively.
The Red Hawks would have the ball for the last 3:20 of regulation at the 50-yard line. They were able to get the ball down to the Dickson County 20-yard line with thirty-six seconds left on a fourth down conversion.
On the very next play, the Red Hawks fumbled the ball, and Dickson County Freshman Elijah Fernandez ran it all the way for a touchdown. However, it was called back due to a facemask penalty on Dickson County.
Creek Wood would line up for a field goal attempt by Ty Miller, but the Cougars would block it to send the game to overtime.
Dickson County would get the first attempt in overtime and on the first play of overtime, Lamberth looked to find Harmon in the corner of the end zone, but Creek Wood Senior DB Jackson Hamm would step in front of the pass and intercept the ball to stifle the Cougars scoring chance.
Creek Wood wasted no time in getting the ball into Jayden Elliott’s hands, as he would find the end zone on play one of overtime to give the Red Hawks the win, 13-7.
Creek Wood head coach Houston Thiel said after the game, “I’m really excited for our guys, it was a really emotional ball game there, hats off to Dickson County I thought they played a really good ball game.” Theil continued, “Both defenses played really well, both defenses gave up one big pass play, but it was pretty much locked down all night.”
Thiel had high praises for Jayden Elliott “He is a pleasure to coach, since the day he showed up as freshman he has done everything, we have asked him to do and work hard every single day.” Thiel continued, “I’m really excited for him; he played a ton of snaps for us tonight.”
Dickson County head coach Jeff Tomlinson said after the game about his team, “They played and fought until the bitter end. They played with a lot of emotion and gave everything they had, and I can’t ask for more than that.” Tomlinson said. “We had some goods and bads, and we are still learning a new offense. The culture is changing, but we need to get in the weight room and get stronger.”
Creek Wood starts the season 1-0 and will host Fairview Friday night.
Dickson County starts the season 0-1 and will travel to Columbia Thursday night.