The Creek Wood Red Hawks were hoping to extend their season for another week.
Instead, they’ll be sitting at home this postseason, as their playoff aspirations were cut short in a 33-24 loss to Northwest Friday. The victory put the Vikings at 4-1 in Region 6-4A play (6-4 overall), while Creek Wood finishes the season on the outside looking in.
“We were definitely short-handed tonight,” said Creek Wood coach Chuck Daniel.
“We got short-handed as the game went on. The kids kept getting hurt, but we battled.”
Here’s three takeaways from the game:
Ground and pound: The Vikings did the majority of their damage on the ground, running for 326 yards as a team, as well as hitting pay dirt three times rushing. Quinton Poole once again put in a solid effort for his curtain call, running for 142 yards and a score.
Big potential on special teams: The score could have been a lot worse in favor of Northwest if not for a couple of mistimed penalties. Shatar McClay took two punt returns to the house for a pair of touchdowns. However, both were called back because there was a block in the back on both plays.
Injury bug bites hard: For Creek Wood, it was tough going into the game as they were already missing Timmy Randolph. As the game went on, the injuries on the sidelines began to pile up, and the banged up Red Hawks just could not hang for the rest of the game.
The Vikings now await whoever comes out of Region 5-4A and will play the third-place team next Friday. The Red Hawks season comes to a close at 4-6.
Other scores: Dickson County 31 West Creek 0
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