CHARLOTTE – Danny Stansberry ran for two touchdowns as the Creek Wood defense shutout the Dickson County for a 17-0 win. 

The Red Hawks took the ball to begin the game and cruised their way down the field to a touchdown, and that would be all they needed, but not all that they would score.

Gerardo Velasco added a 43-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to take a 10-0 advantage. Stansberry later ran for his second touchdown of the night to give Creek Wood a 17-0 lead. 

A lackluster offense plagued Dickson during the preseason, and that bled into the season opener.  The Cougars had a lot of trouble moving the ball, and despite only committing one turnover, Dickson couldn’t muster anything in the passing game and became one-dimensional. On the ground, Gavin Meadows led the way for Dickson, but the Cougars never got into the end zone. 

“We didn’t drop our heads when they scored that first touchdown,” Meadows said. “On defense we got a few stops, but offensively we’ve got to be better.”

Dickson coach Randy Murphree said his offense is still “young” and learning the ropes. 

“We trust our quarterback (Jacob Dooley), but he’s young and so is the rest of our team,” Murphree said. “That’s not an excuse, but we do have a bunch of sophomores and they are learning.”

The Creek Wood offense made a concerted effort to run left all night - away from Kentucky commit Tre’vonn Rybka - and it worked. Stansberry led the Creek Wood offense with 145 rushing yards. Mitch Duke, Elijah Donaldson and Will Secker all contributed on the ground as well. Duke and Secker were also a part of the Red Hawk defense that held Dickson scoreless.

“I have to give a lot of credit to my offensive line,” Stansberry said. “Without them I couldn’t do what I do on offense. I really appreciate my offensive line, and I always tell them I love them.”

Secker said he was thrilled to open the season with a win over Dickson. The game was televised by WUXP’s MyTV30 as part of its Friday Night Rivals series.

“I feel like we played well tonight as a team,” Secker said. “We had a few penalties tonight that killed us, but we got the win. This game is a big deal and winning it on this field is great. I don’t really have the words to describe it.”

Creek Wood moved to 1-0 with the season-opening win and will play Camden Central Friday, Aug. 30. Dickson fell to 0-1 and will host Columbia Central.

“I’m proud of these guys,” Creek Wood coach Houston Thiel said. “They’ve waited since last season to get their redemption and tonight they got it. All week we talked about wanting the ball first and going down and scoring a touchdown on our first drive, and that’s exactly what we did. 

“That gave us an upper hand. It’s Week 1  of high school football, so of course there were some mistakes and we will work on those. It was a great night to showcase the counties and these two teams.”

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