CLARKSVILLE – With a 20-14 win at Montgomery Central on Friday night, Creek Wood kept a potential playoff spot in its crosshairs.
Kyle Klotz put Creek Wood (4-3, 3-2 11-AA) on the scoreboard with all three rushing touchdowns.
Creek Wood’s ability to dominate on defense despite wet conditions and make big passing plays were key to the team’s success against a tough Montgomery Central squad (2-4, 3-5 11-2A).
“We were going to throw the football whether it was raining or not,” Creek Wood coach Chuck Daniels said. “That’s kind of what we do, but we also know we have to run the football, and I thought we ran it effectively tonight.”
After a first quarter that ended in a stalemate, it was Montgomery Central that finally found the end zone early in the second. Jack Hummel capped a hard drive with a 12-yard touchdown run. Mitchell Hosea put up the extra point, and Montgomery Central was up 7-0.
The game bogged back down into a defensive duel with Creek Wood lineman Austin Newsom leading Creek Wood attack with one tackle for a loss. After three first-down plays, Klotz would push his way on a 17-yard scoring run. Ian Spence added the extra point to tie the score.
“When we really needed those pass plays, our receivers came in clutch and caught them, and my line protected me, so I got the ball where it needed to be,” Creek Wood quarterback Ian Spence said. “And our defensive and offensive lines really dominated the game.”
After the half, Creek Wood kept Montgomery Central on its heels through the third quarter. Klotz again made the most of his opportunities after a series of key passing plays from Spence to Mathis Duncan set up a 1-yard touchdown run.
Creek Wood battled its way back down the field before the end of the third, and a 50-yard pass to Jonathan McCloud put Klotz in the end zone. Another 1-yard push across the line and he scored Creek Wood’s third TD. The Red Hawks failed at a 2-point conversion but had the lead, 20-7.
Montgomery Central added one more TD in the fourth as quarterback Peyton Delvendahl connected with Hunter Harris on a 6-yard pass with 6:54 left in the game.