Creekview coach Trevor Williams said he has dealt with a few alternative schedules in his career, but he said this week will be a first for him as a coach.
After beating Osborne on Monday, the Grizzlies face a short turnaround to prepare for a far tougher challenge against Region 6AAAAAA contender Dalton on Friday at the Grizzly Den.
“I can’t recall having two games in one week,” Williams said. “We’re excited about this week, though. It’s going to challenge our preparation and challenge our kids as we get ready for really good opponent.”
Creekview (3-1, 1-1 Region 6AAAAAA) beat Osborne 46-21 on the road Monday after the game's Friday night kickoff was postponed due to weather.
Williams said he was able to give reps to a lot of his younger players Monday, but the Grizzlies still only had three days to prepare for Dalton’s Jahmyr Gibbs, one of the best running backs in the state.
“I don’t know that you can slow him down. No one has really been able to yet,” Williams said. “He’s incredible and their offensive line does a great job blocking for him. It’ll definitely be a challenge.”
Gibbs, who has 806 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns in three games, is coming off a five touchdown-performance last week against Sequoyah. Containing the Georgia Tech commit has been difficult for Dalton’s opponents, and Friday will likely be the first time several young of the young starters on Creekview’s defense will have lined up against a player like Gibbs.
Williams said the team adjusted its practice schedule only slightly this week.
“We’ll go shells on Tuesday and Wednesday, and walk-through on Thursday like normal. It’s really gonna test our mental preparation more than anything,” Williams said.
Even with Gibbs on the field, Creekview has a few potent offensive weapons of its own.
Ethan Dirrim leads the county with five receiving touchdowns, while Brody Rhodes has looked like the best dual-threat quarterback in the area, passing for 641 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing for 253 yards and one score.
Williams said he has also been pleased with running backs Tyler Stevens and Cole Hasty and receiver Andrew Cloy, but he emphasized the offense still has room for improvement.
“We’re still making so many mistakes,” Williams said. “We’re committing a lot of penalties, and if we want to beat good football teams, we've got to start cleaning that up.”
This matchup came down to the final play last year as Creekview won 21-17 after batting down a final heave into the end zone from Dalton quarterback Landon Allen.
Allen may be limited this week due to an injury suffered last week against Sequoyah, and if Creekview can force Dalton to pass, the Grizzlies’ pass-rush could become a difference-maker. Creekview is averaging 5.5 sacks per game, with Isaac Hubert and Nicks Weeks tied for the team lead with 4.5 sacks apiece.