As Creekview tries to get closer to securing a playoff spot, River Ridge will be looking for its the upset Friday at the Grizzly Den.
Creekview (4-2, 2-2 Region 6AAAAAA) is coming off a bye last week, following a 27-14 win over Sequoyah the week before that. The Grizzlies are fourth in the region behind Harrison, Allatoona and Dalton, but the win over Sequoyah put Creekview in good position with four games remaining.
“Obviously, we wish we hadn’t dropped games to Allatoona and Dalton, and for us, every week is a playoff game at this point,” Creekview coach Trevor Williams said. “With how deep this region is, you have look at it like that because every team is capable of beating you.”
Creekview has been balanced offensively, averaging 380 yards and 27 points per game.
Ethan Dirrim continued to look like one of the county's best playmakers against Sequoyah with three touchdowns (two on offense, one on defense), and containing the dynamic senior will likely be a priority for River Ridge. Dirrim leads the county with 11 touchdowns scored and seven receiving touchdowns, and he is second in receiving yards with 519.
Williams said the Creekview offensive line has continued to grow each week, with senior offensive tackle John Williams, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound Clemson commit at the forefront of the unit's overall improvement.
"John has been ‘Mr. Consistency’ for us,” Trevor Williams said. “He’s as technically sound as any offensive lineman I’ve ever been around.”
River Ridge (2-5, 1-4) was shut out last week against Sequoyah, 13-0. The Knights struggled to find consistency and running back Amehre Morrison was held in check with 29 yards on 12 carries.
River Ridge had an opportunity to cut Sequoyah’s lead to one score in the second half, but it came up short on fourth-down play from the 1-yard line.
“I have to do a better job of preparing them for the moment,” River Ridge coach Mike Collins said. “We fought hard and were ready physically, but the psychological part and mental part, I’ve got to do a better job of preparing them for that.”
Slowing down Morrison, who still leads the county with 687 rushing yards, will likely be the priority for Creekview. Senior quarterback Chase Begin is also a threat to run with 174 yards and three touchdowns, and when he does pass, he will likely look for Morrison (25 receptions, 315 yards), Andrew Bingham (19 receptions, 199 yards) and Jackson Head (17 receptions, 167 yards).