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AJ Vaccaro tip-toes up the sideline during Friday’s game against Chattahoochee. Creekview goes for its fourth straight win Friday against Centennial.

Game: Creekview (6-2, 4-1) at Centennial (0-7, 0-5), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: First meeting

All-time series: First meeting

Prediction: Creekview 31, Centennial 7

The best defense in Cherokee County saw its offense come to life last week, possibly just in time for a deep postseason run.

Creekview (6-2, 4-1) earned a 38-21 win over Chattahoochee, and this Friday, it will travel to Centennial (0-7, 0-5) in search of its third consecutive win. The 38 points were the most scored all season for the Grizzlies and could be a positive sign entering the final weeks of the regular season.

“It was one of those things where we had a number of games where we were really close and Friday it kind of all came together,” Creekview coach Trevor Williams said. “All year long, we’ve been talking about the journey and getting better every week. Hopefully down the stretch and into the playoffs we’ll be playing our best football.”

Creekview scored touchdowns on its first five possessions against Chattahoochee and were led offensively by senior quarterback Brody Rhodes who finished the game with 240 total yards — 157 passing and 87 rushing — with three touchdown passes. The reemergence of senior wide receiver Andrew Cloy could be significant. Cloy missed five games this season with injury but came back healthy last week to haul in three catches for 55 yards with two scores.

If the passing game can come to life and complement its running attack, led by Tyler Stevens, the Grizzlies could have the balance needed to challenge for a region title should the opportunity present itself. They need Johns Creek to knock off River Ridge this week to remain in contention for a region championship.

The 21 points allowed last week were the most surrendered by the Grizzlies’ defense this season. Regardless, it still was able to record six sacks, 10 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one interception. Defensive lineman Sam Minozzi’s three sacks vaulted him to the team lead. Creekview held Chattahoochee to negative rushing yards and should continue to use its front seven to dictate the terms to the opposition.

Centennial has trudged through a season of misfortune with quarantine and injury issues. The Knights have surrendered the most points (245) and scored the fewest (74) of any team in Region 7AAAAAA.

Centennial fell 35-10 last week at home to Johns Creek. Knights’ wide receiver Julius Nixon (Tennessee commit) is their best offensive threat while a large number of their other key pieces are underclassmen. Wide receiver Drake Mason is a capable option opposite of Nixon and quarterback Jett Miller has shown the ability to find both when given time. Centennial’s main rushing option this season has been freshman Nathan Webster and its best offensive lineman is freshman Daniel Calhoun, who already holds offers from Georgia and Tennessee.

“They’re much better than their record and all you have to do is turn on the tape to see that,” Williams said. “They’ve had the ball bounce against them a few times this year but our message doesn’t change and it’s just about us.”

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