Creek Wood Beats Rival Dickson County in Season Opener
Bragging rights and pride were at stake in Charlotte, TN on Friday night as Creek Wood hosted Dickson County in the 13th annual matchup between the cross-county rivals.
Coach Houston Thiel’s Red Hawks came into this game looking for respect after losing a senior class that had accomplished the most wins in school history last season, and most people thinking this would be a rebuilding year for them. The Red Hawks proved that they have built a program and they have the talent to earn that respect not only in the county, but also in their new region 5-4A, as they defeated the Cougars 27-14. Coach Thiel stated after the game, “This game means a lot to us always, but it meant a little bit more this year. I think we’ve done a lot to earn some respect around here, 10 wins last year, 2nd round of the playoffs, and for some reason everyone keeps overlooking us here in this ballgame. And we have proven the last few years that we are going to be in this game and win it.”
The Creek Wood defense led by senior linebackers Michael Harris, Andrew Bruce, and junior linebacker Sam England, and they were able to stifle Dickson County’s up-tempo offense. Creek Wood’s defensive line was able to control the line of scrimmage and give the linebackers time to disrupt the timing of the throws and routes. The Red Hawks limited the Cougars to under 250 yards offensively.
Offensively, the Red Hawks were able to control the line of scrimmage as well. Creek Wood would amass almost 300 yards offensively, with over 200 yards rushing and scored 3 rushing touchdowns against the Dickson County defense. Senior running back Michael Harris led the way with over 100 yards on the ground and one touchdown on the night. Junior running back Eathon Donaldson got the scoring started for Red Hawks as he scored from 4 yards out with 2:28 left in the second quarter. Junior running back Demontae Evans looks to be the bruising back and pick up the tough yards. Evans added a 3-yard touchdown run late in the 3rd quarter.
Senior quarterback Jacob Stephens, who stepped into the starting role as Elijah Donaldson graduated, looked to be in control of the offense as the new starter and showed he can make the occasional throw down the field to help keep defenses honest going forward, as he was able to connect with sophomore wide receiver Jamison Ford for a 35-yard touchdown score in the second quarter.
Thiel came away happy with his team and his team’s effort saying, “These guys did what we thought they would do, they came out and played really good football.”
The Dickson County Cougars came into the game with high expectations, with a up tempo spread offense led by junior quarterback Colbey Lamberth and some talented players in year two of the Coach Greg Burns era. The Cougars were never able to consistently put together drives to show off the new spread offense. Miscues on throws, drops by receivers, and pressure on the quarterback all limited the new offense. Lamberth was able to put up over 100 yards passing and had 2 touchdowns throws. One was a 28-yard to junior wide receiver Ian Bonura right before the first half ended, and gave the Cougars some momentum going into the second half. Lamberth then connected with senior running back Don Dunning for a 35-yard touchdown early in the 4th quarter.
Coach Burns was clearly disappointed in his team’s effort saying, “It feels like we left a lot on the table. Creek Wood is a really good football team, they did a better job playing tonight, and did a better job coaching. We just didn’t take advantage of what was there, and shot ourselves in the foot every chance we had. Burns continued saying “It’s a very disappointing effort, I feel like we had enough to compete with them.”
Creek Wood has now won the last three meetings against the Cougars, and have won five of the last six games in this series.
Creek Wood will look to continue their winning next week as they travel to Fairview. Dickson County will look to put this one behind them and bounce back next week as they host Columbia Central.