How do you top a perfect season? How about back-to-back perfect seasons, an endeavor Creekside will strive towards in 2014.
Creekside went 15-0 blowing past some of last year’s top teams including cutting Kell’s dream season short in the semifinals and putting a beating on Tucker, one of the more dominant high school program’s in recent history. Creekside scored more than 50 points against both teams.
Even more impressive, the Seminoles earned their program’s first state title under new head coach Olten Down. Down has only been head coaching for three years.
While it’s no easy task putting together two-consecutive state title seasons, Creekside already has an advantage returning eight of its 11 starters on offense, an offense that averaged 42.5 points per game and only had two games where it did not score at least 30 points.
“We’re talented enough [to repeat],” Downs said according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. All the pieces are there, according to Downs, but he questions whether the desire is there mentally as last year his team was “hungry.”
Nevertheless, the Seminoles have been ranked the AAAAA preseason No. 1 team by numerous media outlets by a significant margin.
Creekside moved out of Division 4 (AAAAA) and into the Division 6 (AAAAA) that features less of the competitive Clayton County opponents and more opponents from Atlanta and DeKalb. These regional opponents could prove to be less of a challenge for Creekside compared to the past.
Creekside will begin its run for yet again another title run Friday against South Cobb at home.
Here’s a look at the Seminoles’ season:
08/22 vs. South Cobb (Austell, GA)
08/29 @ Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA)
09/05 @ Carver (Columbus, GA)
09/12 @ Druid Hills (Atlanta, GA)
09/19 vs. Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA)
10/3 vs. Mays (Atlanta, GA)
10/10 @ Carver (Atlanta, GA)
10/17 @ Tri-Cities (East Point, GA)
10/24 vs. Banneker (College Park, GA)