A 21-point surge in the opening quarter Friday night created all the cushion the Creek Wood High football team needed to blast past Cheatham County at home, 34-14.
The Red Hawks improve to 1-1 while the Cubs slip to 0-2.
Kyle Klotz steamrolled his way down the field for Creek Wood all night.
The running back cranked out 149 yards rushing, including a one-yard romp into the end zone. He also scooped up a Cheatham fumble forced by teammate Wyatt Page and ran it back for a 67-yard TD.
“We had a bunch of guys at the football. It came out. I saw a chance and because they got it out for me…I picked it up,” Klotz said after the game. “They blew the whistle. I didn’t know if it was over and they ran behind me and we went all the way into the end zone…we pounded the rock all night long.”
The Red Hawks clearly were focused on controlling the momentum. In the first quarter, quarter back Ian Spence capped a solid drive with a 4-yard TD run.
He added the PAT and CW was up 7-0. The team wasn’t done though. Spence connected with Isaac Edmondson on a 27-yard scoring pass play while Dalton Pentecost scrambled in for a 17-yard rushing touchdown. With PAT’s by Spence, the Red Hawks went up 21-0 before the second quarter.
Cheatham County wasn’t looking to go away quietly. In the second, quarterback Ryan Christmas dumps off a short pass to Willie Presley who goes in for an 11-yard scoring play. Presley added the PAT and the Cubs were on the scoreboard as the teams headed into halftime.
Klotz hammered out his two touchdowns in the third to help his team keep control of the momentum, but Cheatham was still swinging.
With 2:52 left in the quarter, Christmas again found an open man, this time Maxwell Lynch who scored on a 40-yard pass play. Christmas would come close a couple more times with big passes to LaMarco Johnson – 35 and 46 yards, but Creek Wood’s defense just never went away as the home team held on for the win.
“We played with passion tonight. We didn’t play with passion last week,” Creek Wood High head coach Chuck Daniel said after the game. “We played hard. We turned it over two or three times on offense and gave (Cheatham) chances to score but I pretty much felt like we controlled the game…the guys worked hard and the coaches put a great game-plan together.”