PORTLAND- It was a rainy night in Middle Tennessee, but that suited Creek Wood just fine as they ran their way to a 46-0 win over Portland.
“I thought from the moment that we got here tonight, (we) were ready to play,” Creek Wood coach Houston Thiel said. “I thought the weather was never an issue. The weather actually gave us an opportunity to highlight our strengths, which are our offensive line and running game. Those guys really produced tonight.”
Creek Wood (8-1, 4-1) controlled things from the start, scoring on every drive of the first half to build a 36-0 lead behind four scores from Danny Stansberry. The Red Hawks also scored through the air as Elijah Donaldson connected with Same Batey for a touchdown.
Stansberry finished the night with 224 rushing yards on 18 carries.
“I’ve never seen a kid that just refuses to go down,” Thiel said. “He always seems to pick up extra yards. He’s a really impressive player. I think he’s the best in the region, personally.”
The Red Hawks added two more scores in the second half. Gerardo Velasco kicked a field goal and Jevon Sweatt scored a touchdown to make it 46-0 Creek Wood.
Portland (4-6, 3-3) couldn’t muster anything offensively in its regular season finale. The Panthers finished with just 36 yards of total offense.
“They have a good team,” Portland coach Greg Cavanah said. “They’re very physical. The last three weeks we’ve been whipped physically, and that’s totally different from what we saw the first half of the season.”
The Red Hawks finished with 400 yards of total offense, 371 of which came on the ground.
All eyes will be on Creek Wood when it hosts Springfield on Friday. The winner will clinch the Region 5-4A championship. Springfield has won the matchup the previous two years, but Thiel said he feels confident that his seniors will come out determined in their final home regular season game.
“Springfield’s a team that’s (had) our number the last two years,” Thiel said. “I think our seniors will be ready to rock and roll. They know what’s on the line.”