Game: Johns Creek (4-3, 4-1) at Creekview (6-2, 4-1)
Last meeting: Johns Creek won 41-14 (Sept. 23, 2011)
All-time series: Johns Creek leads 2-0
Prediction: Creekview 20, Johns Creek 14
A home playoff game will be on the line this week when Johns Creek (4-3, 4-1) travels to Creekview (6-2, 4-1) for the regular-season finale for both teams.
A win for Creekview would lock up the No. 2-seed and guarantee a home playoff game for the Grizzlies. The playoff scenarios are a bit more complex for Johns Creek but Creekview coach Trevor Williams said he’s grateful for his team’s situation.
“If we win then we’re the No. 2 seed, if we lose we’re the No. 3 seed,” Williams said. “Hosting a playoff game was one of the goals that our seniors and our leadership council came up with way back in December. I know our guys are excited about the opportunity and we’ll be excited for this week.”
Both teams will be coming off unscheduled bye weeks following game cancellations last week. Creekview’s game against Centennial was called off due to COVID-19 concerns as was Johns Creek’s scheduled game against River Ridge.
Creekview’s offense posted a season-high 38 points two weeks ago against Chattahoochee and could be finding its rhythm at just the right time. Running back Tyler Stevens rushed for a season-high 222 yards and it was his fourth game of the season rushing for more than 100. Combined with quarterback Brody Rhodes, Creekview is averaging 168 rushing yards per game.
This game will feature two of the best defenses in the region. Johns Creek’s efensive end Cole Nelson is a Virginia Tech commit and leads the team in tackles (43) and tackles for loss (8). Safety Terrian Williams holds more than 30 college offers including LSU, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and Stanford. Williams is dynamic in the kick return game as well.
Several other players on Johns Creek’s defense have drawn college attention including defensive lineman David Alexander and linebackers Tremonte Barnett and Micah Gay.
“The thing that jumps off the film immediately is their defense,” Williams said. “Three physical defensive linemen and playmakers on both sides of the ball. They’re very complete and a balanced team and won’t be easy to beat.”
Conversely, Creekview’s defense is arguably one of the best in the state. The Grizzlies are allowing 9.6 points per game and in their last game played they recorded six sacks, 10 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one interception. Grant Anderson, Sam Minozzi and Isaac Hubert are the top three sack artists in Cherokee County with a combined 26 this season.
The added motivation to host a playoff game should certainly factor leading into Friday night.
“Having the ability to control your own destiny is always a good thing,” Williams said. “I feel like we’re peaking at the right time and playing our best football. I think this group has made as much improvement as any group I’ve ever had. We just want to continue on that journey.”