“It’s been a little better on their side than our side,” Teter said.
The schools have met five times since 2008. After losing the first contest 35-34 in double overtime — the only game in the series coached by Teter’s predecessor, Sid Maxwell — Creekview won the next four, including last season’s 21-6 margin.
Creekview, which opened in 2005 and played its first varsity football game the following year, drew a great deal of students who previously would have attended Sequoyah. Add in the fact that the schools are both a part of Region 7AAAAA and are located just a few miles apart, and it makes for a natural rivalry.
Creekview coach Terry Crowder, in his first year after following Al Morrell at the Grizzlies’ reins, admits that he has had to learn about the rivalry this week.
“I haven’t been ingrained in this rivalry yet,” he said. “I understand that it’s a huge rivalry. I’ve been at a school that broke off from another school and then had to play them, so I kind of understand that sense of it. But I can certainly see the rivalry in the kids, and I know they want to win this game.”
Both coaches say it isn’t hard to get the players fired up for Friday’s game, the first of subregion play in 7AAAAA. Teter said many of the players know each other outside of school, yet the game is bigger than the rivalry. It’s the region implications that really matter.
Sequoyah (3-1) appears to be the favorite in the subregion this season, but a win Friday by Creekview (2-2) could go a long way toward changing that.
Crowder said that’s the bigger of the two aspects in his mind.
“If we could knock (Sequoyah) off, it would put us in a really good spot going into the (play-in) game,” he said. “That is what we are trying to do.”
The way Crowder sees it, his team is the underdog.
“Creekview has just had a little better football team the last few years,” Crowder said. “Certainly, Sequoyah has played better early (this season) than we have, so going into this game, I would certainly say that they are the pick for the game and we would be the underdog.”
For the third time this season, the Chiefs will be lining up against a spread offense. While no two teams run it the same way, Teter said this week’s practices have given his players time to learn a few things.
“It’s the normal challenge for us,” Teter said. “We just have to get better at we are doing. It’s kind of the other way for them. They don’t see what we do very often. We are getting better at handling the spread.”
Crowder just hopes that his Grizzlies are getting better.
“We have definitely gotten better every week,” he said. “But whether we have gotten good enough to beat Sequoyah this week, I don’t know. Regardless, I just want to be better than we were last week.
“It’s just the same old story at Creekview. We go out and try to get better than the day before.”