MILTON -- The student wearing the Cambridge Bear mascot was sweating 30 minutes before kickoff, but it was Creekview’s defense that brought the real heat Friday.
The Grizzlies allowed just 22 yards in the first half and gave up four first downs during a dominant 27-3 win Friday.
“Our kids played their guts out,” said Trevor Williams, who earned a victory in his first game as Creekview's coach. “It wasn’t perfect, and we shot ourselves in the foot over and over again, but they found a way.”
The way was built behind a defense that held Cambridge to minus-1 yard rushing on 21 carries.
“We studied their film and accounted for all the trick plays they might pull,” Creekview defensive lineman Nick Weeks said. “We made sure to have blitzes to counter all that”
Weeks picked up two sacks in the first quarter, starting a trend that kept Cambridge quarterback Zach Harris (6-for-17, 52 yards) under pressure all night.
“Their defense got after us tonight. I think the only first downs we got were on penalties,” Cambridge coach Craig Bennett said. “They have some good kids, and they’re tough. That’s why we like to play them.
“They’ve been on the better side of us for the last eight years, and a loss is a loss, but I’m proud of our kids and the way they fought.’
They fought back, taking advantage of Creekview’s mistakes. Junior quarterback Brody Rhodes completed 16 of 24 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns, but he was intercepted twice.
With 4:40 left in the second quarter, Cambridge’s Mike Hudson stepped in front of a Rhodes pass for a pick near midfield. Three plays later, Harris hit a wide-open Evan Kurtz for an 18-yard gain and the Bears' first first down of the day.
But Weeks busted through the line for his fourth sack of the first half, forcing a field goal attempt. The 42-yard kick from Will Petit just got over the crossbar for a 7-3 score before halftime, and the Bears’ lone points.
“We’re a young football team, and we had a lot of guys who tonight was start No. 1,” Williams said. “They’re going to have mistakes, but they found a way to fight through it.
“I think we proved to ourselves that we can overcome some things, but we definitely have a lot of work to do.”