After opening the season 1-2, the Grizzlies (4-2, 2-0) have rebounded with three straight wins, including victories over Region 7AAAAA (A) rivals Sequoyah and Northview.
As the lone unbeaten team in its half of the region, Creekview is looking down on its competition, but that isn’t to say it will be taking any of its final three opponents lightly. From this point on, including Friday’s game at Cambridge, Grizzlies coach Terry Crowder hopes to see his players on top of their game.
“We are on a little three-game winning streak,” Crowder said. “Beating Sequoyah and Northview was big, but I feel like we have a tough ballgame ahead with this Cambridge team.”
In its 35-28 victory over Northview a week ago, not everything was rosy for Creekview.
While the Grizzlies didn’t turn the ball over, the offense wasn’t smooth. But quarterback Kyle Wilkie did just enough to keep the team in front, once the defense put Creekview in the position to win. Wilkie was just 8-of-26 for 123 passing yards, and for perhaps the first time all season, he looked like the sophomore he is.
Crowder hopes that won’t be the story Friday against an aggressive Cambridge team. The Bears (2-4, 1-1) are also coming off a win after shutting out Forsyth Central 14-0.
Cambridge is much-improved from its varsity debut of a year ago, when it started a dozen freshmen and finished 1-9.
“They started 12 freshmen last year and they are all back and have got a year under their belts,” Crowder said. “They are a big, physical football team. They are playing a lot better than they were last year.”
Creekview has been doing some new things in Crowder’s first season, but it’s produced results similar to last season, when it finished 9-2 after a first-round state playoff loss against Tucker. The real test will come down the stretch as pressure mounts and the Grizzlies have to maintain focus — which is exactly what Crowder said the problem was against Northview.
“Mentally, we weren’t into it,” he said. “We weren’t concentrating like we should — like we need to. We’ve talked about that a bit this week.”