Creekview comes into Friday off one of its most impressive games of the season, a 21-14 win over Cherokee.
The Grizzlies (3-0) held what had been an explosive offense in check as it held the Warriors to their second-lowest point total of the season. It was a difficult task, but one the defense was clearly up for.
“Our defensive staff put together a great plan, and we were able to get some pressure on the quarterback,” Creekview coach Trevor Williams said. “We definitely had our hands full. They were able to get some explosive plays, but, for the most part, we were able to contain it.”
With that undefeated start comes a renewed confidence. Last week’s matchup was the first one-score game Creekview had had to this point.
The Grizzlies’ schedule is filled with region opponents for the rest of the season, so that confidence now must translate to success in Region 7AAAAAA.
“When you beat a school like Cherokee, a county rival like that, the confidence goes up,” Williams said. “I think they have done a good job so far this week of putting that in the rear-view mirror and understanding we are headed into region play.”
As for Friday’s game against Cambridge at the Grizzly Den, Williams knows his team will get everything the Bears have. Cambridge sports an efficient offensive attack spearheaded by quarterback Zach Harris, who has completed nearly 70% of his passes this season.
“They play really hard, and their quarterback is really good in the pocket,” Williams said. “They have some really good players on the outside, and they have been able to put together a running game. We are definitely going to have our hands full.”
Creekview’s offense will continue its show of dominance through running back Tyler Stevens. He was a significant factor in last week’s win over Cherokee, carrying the ball 15 times for 48 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 31 yards and another score.
Stevens figures to be a featured player against Cambridge, especially because of his leadership and appreciation he gets from his coach.
“His leadership and what he brings outside of just his football ability to this team can not be overstated,” Williams said. “I am just so proud of him and the growth he has made in the last three years. You are seeing his hard work pay off so far this year.”
The Creekview defense was especially effective last week, pressuring Cherokee quarterback AJ Swann. It recorded 6.5 sacks and 24 quarterback hurries, but Williams thinks his team can play even better.
“We want to create turnovers defensively and limit turnovers on offense,” he said. “The kicking game is always a big factor, but it just comes down to, can we be a little better than we were last time out?”