Kenwood’s Antwuan Branch ran all over Creek Wood and put a dent in the Red Hawks possibly securing a spot in the Class 4A state playoffs, as the Knights came away with a 49-27 Friday in Region 6-4A play.
“There’s a reason he’s a Division I player,” said Creek Wood coach Chuck Daniel of Branch.
“He’s probably the best player we’ll play all year, and probably the best player these kids will ever play in their whole lives.”
Here’s three takeaways from the game.
1. Domination in the trenches: Branch ran for 307 yards and six touchdowns to pace the Knights, but it was his offensive line who were just as big of a factor as he was. They didn’t allow any push from the Red Hawk defense, allowing Branch to gash through the line of scrimmage at will.
“Obviously, Antwuan’s a great player, but I think we did a good job up front,” said Kenwood coach Brian Beaubien.
“(Creek Wood) gave us some stuff up front on defense that we hadn’t seen and prepared for, and I think our guys up front did a good job adjusting to that.”
2. Red Hawks find balance: Creek Wood was able to find a good balance in their offense, however, as Devon Higgins passed for 153 yards and two scores to take the burden off Quinton Poole’s shoulders, who also rushed for 126 and a score.
3. Playoff race is on: The win puts Kenwood at 2-2 in the region, while Creek Wood slips to 1-3. The Red Hawks still hold the fourth playoff spot over Hillwood and Montgomery Central due to a better overall record, but will have to win their final game next Friday if they’re to secure that spot.
“We’re still in this thing,” said Daniel.
“We’ve got one more week. We’ll practice hard this week, go to Northwest and see what happens.”
Other scores: Dickson County 38 Clarksville 28
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