SANDY SPRINGS -- Mason Hicks' four total touchdowns were not enough for Creekview to overcome a large deficit as it lost 35-28 on Friday at Riverwood.
Both teams ended the first quarter tied at 7-all, but Riverwood (6-1, 3-1 Region 7AAAAAA) dominated the second quarter, with quarterback Avery Smith accounting for three touchdowns to send the Raiders into halftime with a 28-14 lead.
Riverwood tacked on another touchdown pass by Smith in the third quarter, with the key play being a fourth-down trick-play by running back Jaden Harris on a punt attempt.
In the fourth quarter, Creekview (5-2, 2-2) mounted a comeback thanks to two touchdown passes from Hicks and a forced fumble that was recovered by the Grizzlies’ defense.
Creekview eventually got the ball back with less than 5 minutes to go in the game and managed to drive the ball down to the Riverwood 40-yard line. However, on fourth down with a minute to go, Hicks threw an incompletion down the field and that was the nail in the coffin for the Grizzlies.
The story of the game for Creekview was missed opportunities, as the Grizzlies twice drove down into Riverwood territory and ended up losing two fumbles. They also allowed a key fourth-down conversion in the third quarter that the Raiders to score another touchdown.
Creekview also failed to convert on a key fourth down in the fourth quarter that would have allowed it to potentially tie or win the game.
“It’s stuff you preach all the time, like take care of the football -- especially against good football teams -- and get off the field on third down, which we weren’t able to do tonight,” Creekview coach Trevor Williams said.
Hicks was the top performer for Creekview as he threw for 135 yards and three touchdowns, while also running for 143 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Running back Tyler Stevens had 19 carries for 84 yards, and AJ Vaccaro had three catches for 55 yards and two touchdowns.
On the other side of the ball, Creekview’s usually stout defense had no answers for Smith, a Toledo commit who threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
“That’s a special young man,” Williams said. “He’s done that to a lot of folks already this year, and he’ll continue to do that.”