CANTON - Creekview earned a huge Region 6AAAAAA win Friday in front of a raucous crowd, defeating rival Sequoyah 27-14.
The Grizzlies (4-2, 2-2) got off to a fast start, with quarterback Brody Rhodes carrying the ball three times for 71 yards. He then connected with wide receiver Brennen Kolb for a 7-yard touchdown to put the Grizzlies up 7-0.
The Chiefs (2-3, 1-2) responded by converting a fourth down to keep the drive alive at midfield. Quarterback Colin Koprowski capped the drive from 1-yard out to tie the game.
From this point, the Grizzlies took over. In the second quarter, wide receiver Ethan Dirrim caught a 63-yard touchdown from Rhodes, giving the Grizzlies a 13-7 lead.
On the Chiefs next drive, Dirrim recovered a fumble after a bad snap and ran it back 64 yards for a touchdown. The Chiefs were never able to recover.
Dirrim caught another touchdown pass from Rhodes in the third quarter to put the game away.
“The first thing that sticks out about Ethan is his character and work ethic,” Grizzlies coach Trevor Williams said. “He works extremely hard in the weight room and makes everyone around him better. He just has fun paying the game and it shows out on the field every week.”
Defensively, the Grizzlies held the Chiefs to only 106 yards on the ground, forcing them out of their comfort zone for the remainder of the second half as they tried to trim the 27-7 lead. Koprowski connected with wide receiver Myles McGee on a 62-yard touchdown, but it wasn’t enough to get the Chiefs back into the game due to the constant pressure from the Grizzlies defense.
“We executed very well, played hard and physical and just played assignment football,” Williams said. “They got a few big plays on us that we have to limit, but I am so proud of their effort on defense.”
Turnovers were also an issue for the Chiefs. They fumbled the ball four times, with three coming in Grizzlies' territory.
Williams said he knows how important this win was for the team as they look forward to next week and beyond.
“This was a big region game, so winning this game was huge given the playoff implications and region implications,” Williams said.
Creekview will have a bye next week, while Sequoyah will travel to River Ridge.