After finished its last game Monday night, Creekview will continue to trudge through its region schedule Friday when it hosts Chattahoochee.
Following a power outage at the Grizzly Den on Friday night, Creekview played the final 7 minutes of its game against Riverwood this past Monday to secure a 19-7 win. It was a welcomed bounce-back win for the Grizzlies (5-2, 3-1 Region 7AAAAAA) following a last-second loss two weeks ago to River Ridge.
The win also kept Creekview alive for a potential region championship.
Creekview will host Chattahoochee (2-4, 1-3) on Friday on a shortened schedule, and with three regular-season games remaining, the urgency should remain high.
“I’m very fortunate that our staff works extremely hard in preparation, and we were able to hand out scouting reports for Chattahoochee on Monday after the game,” Creekview coach Trevor Williams said. “We had a walkthrough Tuesday morning and were able to get back on schedule pretty quickly.”
Offensively, Creekview has relied heavily this year on its offensive line, led by seniors Anthony Dorr and Sam Hartley, along with junior Brandon Dabrowa. The group has allowed for Tyler Stevens and Brody Rhodes to account for a combined 1,039 yards, with seven rushing scores. Stevens sits fourth in Cherokee County with 571 rushing yards and has added 15 receptions for 190 yards with two scores.
“I think he would be the first to tell you it starts with that offensive line,” Williams said of Stevens. “This is just his second season playing the position, but he runs really hard and behind his pads. He’s very versatile, and he’s got great hands, too.”
The Grizzlies’ defense remains one of the best in the state, allowing eight points per game. Creekview held Riverwood to 27 points below its season average and will face a Chattahoochee team averaging 28 points per game. The Cougars’ defense, however, is allowing 32 points per game, which is second-worst in Region 7AAAAAA.
Chattahoochee can score, though, as quarterback Jaylen Smith leads the region with 1,489 passing yards and 15 touchdowns. Jordan Palmer and Smith’s twin brother, Jahmal, serve as the primary receiving options and have combined for 998 yards with 10 scores. Palmer has multiple Division I offers, and Williams said the Grizzlies are not taking anything for granted against the Cougars’ passing game.
“They have two guys outside that are probably two of the best we’ve seen,” Williams said. “I think Riverwood’s quarterback is really similar, so that does help, but, on the flip side, they’ve seen our film, too, so we’re going to have to show them a few different looks.”