Grizzlies worn down by ’Horns
by Zac Diodati
Tribune Sports Correspondent
September 21, 2013 02:34 AM | 1464 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Creekview’s Trey Peppers tries to get past Kell’s Bryson Armstrong (7) and Dyllen Reed on Friday. The Grizzlies didn’t have an answer for the powerful Longhorns and lost the Region 7AAAAA crossover.
<BR>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Creekview’s Trey Peppers tries to get past Kell’s Bryson Armstrong (7) and Dyllen Reed on Friday. The Grizzlies didn’t have an answer for the powerful Longhorns and lost the Region 7AAAAA crossover.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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MARIETTA — After a few tough first-quarter possessions, Kell cruised to a 32-7 victory over Creekview on Friday’s homecoming night.

Longhorns quarterback Matthew McGuigan threw for three touchdowns in the Region 7AAAAA crossover, part of a 193-yard performance in under three quarters.

“Kell is so talented. They just kind of wore us down” Creekview coach Terry Crowder said. “They’ve got so many kids who can make plays.”

Creekview’s Chandler Wold intercepted McGuigan on the third play of the game, but fourth-ranked Kell (4-0) came up with a pick of its own on the next possession, cutting short a nine-play drive by the Grizzlies (1-2).

Later in the first quarter, McGuigan connected with receiver Bryson Armstrong for the first big play of the game, an 81-yard touchdown that put the Longhorns ahead 6-0. Armstrong again got open on the ensuing 2-point conversion, when he caught a Cameron Rosendahl pass for an 8-0 lead.

After forcing a three-and-out on Creekview’s following drive, Kell found its offensive rhythm, getting first downs on five consecutive plays before McGuigan found Jay Moxey in the side of the end zone, extending the Longhorns’ lead to 15-0. Moxey also added six carries on the ground for 33 yards.

Kicker Cameron Massung added an 18-yard field goal as time expired to send the home team into the locker room with an 18-0 lead.

“We were adjusting to a lot of things they were doing on defense,” Kell coach Derek Cook said. “It took us a few possessions to make sure they were doing what it looked like they were doing. After that, we did what we needed to do. Anytime you can put the ball in the hands of guys like Julian Burris, Jay Moxey and Errol Breaux, good things are going to happen.”

Breaux found his way to the end zone twice in the third quarter, first on a 35-yard pass from McGuigan, and then again later with backup quarterback Rosendahl in the game.

Rosendahl scrambled to the left, evaded a flailing Creekview linebacker and found Breaux for Kell’s final score of the night, putting the Longhorns ahead 32-0.

“I don’t even think of Rosendahl as a backup,” Cook said. “He’s just as talented as Matt, just with less experience. It was good to get him into the game, because I don’t want him coming in next year with no experience, or even later this season. No one ever knows what is going to happen.”

Creekview spoiled the shutout late in the game, when quarterback Kyle Wilkie led a 12-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a 1-yard touchdown dive by Wold.

“What I really liked is that our guys never gave up and they kept battling” Crowder said. “I’m really proud of them for that.”

Despite the large margin of victory, Cook saw some areas that need to improve.

“We’re a disciplined team, and I pride myself on preaching discipline, but we had too many penalties out here (Friday), and that’s not something we like to see.”
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