That would change quickly as the Grizzlies scored 27 unanswered points in the second quarter, on their way to a 54-13 victory against the visiting Cardinals.
“I think that we’re getting better every week,” Creekview coach Terry Crowder said. “I’m just excited about this football team.”
After an opening period that saw both Creekview (2-2) and Osborne (2-3) fail to score, the Grizzlies struck for 21 points between the 11:04 and 6:14 marks of the second quarter.
“We finally just calmed down, started executing,” Crowder said. “We’ve done that early in all the games. It takes us a little while to figure out what they’re doing differently. Then, we start playing better. We adjusted a lot faster (Friday).”
Creekview’s scoring outburst was aided by the play of sophomore quarterback Kyle Wilkie, who was 16-of-25 for 195 yards and three touchdowns during a first half in which he connected with seven different receivers. Wilkie would finish the day with 257 yards, in addition to the three touchdowns.
After an 18-yard touchdown pass from Wilkie to Isaiah Rodgers to open up the scoring, the Grizzlies’ Connor Dulmage intercepted Osborne’s Craig Robinson and returned the ball to the Cardinals’ 29-yard line. After Wilkie found Dawson Ewers for 24 yards down to the 5, Rodgers soon capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run that pushed the Creekview lead to 13 points and put the Grizzlies up double digits for the rest of the game.
Osborne’s scoring was headed by Robinson’s 79-yard touchdown carry with 2:50 left in the second quarter, which cut the Creekview lead to 27-6.
The Cardinals had success running the ball throughout the game, especially Robinson, who finished with 152 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Jamari Miles had their other score on a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter.
The Cardinals briefly cut the Creekview lead to 27-13 after the Miles touchdown, but the Grizzlies answered right back when Ewers returned the following kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, pushing their lead to 34-13.
The Cardinals did not enjoy as much success through the air as they did rushing the ball, combining to finish 6-of-20 for 18 yards and three interceptions.
“We probably should have started coming out running the ball,” Osborne coach Xarvia Smith said. “We did run the ball very well in the second half. We just got to keep working at it, keep getting better and hopefully get a couple of kids healthy and get ready and try to compete against Pope next week.”