CANTON - Creekview beat Woodstock Wolverines 36-20 on Friday night behind a strong showing from senior Ethan Dirrim.
Dirrim finished with six receptions for 78 yards and two touchdowns. The first touchdown came in the second quarter on a 38-yard pass from Brody Rhodes, while the second came in the third quarter on a 22-yard pass from Rhodes.
On the ground, Dirrim finished with 22 yards and another touchdown on six carries. He also ran the ball into the end zone for a 2-point conversion in the first quarter to give the Grizzlies (2-0) the lead.
“Ethan Dirrim is incredible,” said new Creekview coach Trevor Williams, who won his debut game at the Grizzly Den. “He’s the best athlete on the field most nights, but he’d be the first to tell you that his success comes from the 10 other guys on the field.”
Along with his two touchdowns through the air, Dirrim also intercepted a pass from Woodstock quarterback Walker Ormsby at the goal line before halftime.
Rhodes had a good night throwing the ball. He finished the game with 125 yards on 12 completions out of 28 attempts. He also finished with a touchdown and an interception.
While Rhodes had a good night through the air, it was on the ground that he truly shined. He finished the game with 151 yards on 14 carries and scored a game-sealing 67-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
For Woodstock (0-2), junior running back V’ontae Hampton had a strong second half that saw him rush for 85 yards on eight carries with two fourth-quarter touchdowns that, for a moment, got the Wolverines back into the game.
“He’s one of those kids that’s hard to tackle,” Williams said of Hampton. “He’s explosive and dynamic, and he’s just a special player.”
Penalties and turnovers played pivotal roles in the outcome of the game, with both teams making mistakes in key moments. Both the Grizzlies and Wolverines had numerous personal-foul and unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties throughout the game. Both teams also had costly turnovers that turned the tide of the game.
Williams knows that those types of mistakes, like Rhodes' interception near the red zone, need to be fixed if the Grizzlies want to be able to win week in and week out.
“We’re growing,” Williams said. “We are a young football team, but we know that we need to clean these types of mistakes up if we want to be where we think we can be.”
Creekview will travel to Allatoona next week to open Region 6AAAAAA play, while Woodstock will host Cambridge in a non-region game.