CANTON -- Creekview scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and eased to a 38-21 win over Chattahoochee on Friday.
“It’s kind of been building and we were waiting for it to explode,” Creekview coach Trevor Williams said. “This was definitely our most complete game. I’m really happy for those guys, they’ve been getting better every week and this was the night it kind of popped.”
With the win, the Grizzlies move to 6-2 on the season with a 4-1 region record. They dominated the game along the line of scrimmage, rushing for 327 yards while holding the Cougars to negative-14 yards on the ground.
Creekview's defense controlled the line of scrimmage, getting after Cougars' quarterback Garrett Glass for six sacks and forcing two turnovers.
“Our guys up front really got after the quarterback and shut down the run game. I’m glad we were able to come away with the win,” Williams said.
Glass and the Cougars’ passing game did find some openings in the second half, as the junior connected with Jordan Palmer for a pair of touchdown passes. Palmer finished the game with 173 yards on nine catches.
Quarterback Brody Rhodes kept Creekview’s offense moving throughout the first half. The senior kept the Chattahoochee defense off balance, passing for 119 yards and rushing for 72 yards as the Grizzlies built a 21-point halftime lead.
In the second half, it was running back Tyler Stevens who helped salt the game away. The junior rushed for 145 second-half yards, including a 63-yard touchdown run on the first series in the second half.
The Grizzlies took the first possession of the game for a 13-play, 67-yard drive that ended with a 13-yard touchdown toss from Rhodes to Andrew Cloy, the first of three touchdown passes for Rhodes.
On their next possession, they put together another 13-play scoring drive, finished off by a trick play where Rhodes pitched the ball to Dawson Currie, who flipped the ball to a wide open AJ Vaccaro.
Late in the second quarter, the Cougars pulled to within 21-7 with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Glass to Jahmal Smith.
“Those two receivers (Palmer and Smith) are two of the best in the state, I’d put them against anybody we’ve seen,” Williams said.
The Grizzlies responded with a five-play 75-yard drive that ended with 35-yard strike from Rhodes to Currie to push the lead to 28-7 going into the half.