Grizzlies’ defense steps up
by Scott Horton
Tribune Sports Correspondent
October 20, 2012 02:33 AM | 2423 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cambridge at Creekview

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CANTON — With its 41-0 win over Cambridge on Friday at the Grizzly Den, Creekview notched at least a spot in the season-ending region play-in game, and it inched closer to a state playoff berth.

The Grizzlies also guaranteed their fifth winning season in seven years, improving to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in Region 7AAAAA (A) play. They hold first place alone in the subregion, after Forsyth Central’s loss Friday at Sequoyah.

Creekview’s stifling defense kept Cambridge (0-7, 0-3) flustered most of the night. The Grizzlies forced one fumble and grabbed two interceptions — the three turnovers leading to 21 points.

The Bears offense managed only 52 yards of total offense, including 13 plays for a loss.

It was a far cry from last week, when Creekview allowed 42 points and more than 500 yards of offense to Northview — a game the Grizzlies still managed to win 56-42.

“Great job by the defense,” Creekview coach Al Morrell said. “It was our second shutout of the year. I was real proud of them.

“Offensively, we played well enough to get a comfortable lead at halftime.

Two of the turnovers helped propel the Grizzlies to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

A Cambridge fumble gave Creekview the ball inside the Bears’ 25-yard line. Two plays later, Isaiah Rodgers darted up the middle 24 yards for a touchdown and an early 7-0 lead.

On the Bears’ next possession, Grizzlies defensive back Dylan Harrison intercepted a pass from quarterback Kevin Little inside the Cambridge 20. A few plays later, Creekview quarterback Hayden Hall hit Connor Dulmage with a 7-yard pass for the touchdown.

The Grizzlies added two scores in the second quarter. Chandler Wold broke free and ran 60 yards for one touchdown, while Will Kirby added a touchdown run on Creekview’s next possession, staking the team a 28-0 lead at halftime.

It was more of the same in the second half. The Grizzlies continued to slowly move the ball offensively and stop the Bears defensively.

With its first possession of the second half, Creekview needed only seven plays to score. A 5-yard run by Wold — who finished with 103 on the day — extended the lead to 34-0.

With a large lead, the game went to a running clock that moved the game along at a quick pace in the second half, but the Grizzlies put a final exclamation point on the game with another turnover. Harrison grabbed his second interception of the game and returned it 61 yards for the touchdown to cap off the 41-0 win.

“I thought we did fairly well in every aspect of the game,” Morrell said. “Offense, defense and kicking game were all pretty sound.”

The momentum comes at a good time for Creekview, which has two games remaining before the Nov. 9 play-in. The Grizzlies’ opponents — Forsyth Central and North Springs — are a combined 2-12.
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