June 8, 2023

When we talk about a get-right game, it cannot get more right than a 69-12 victory for Creek Wood.

The Red Hawks scored a touchdown in all three phases, thanks in large part to Alex Bradshaw who took full advantage of his opportunities and set the single-game scoring record for the school.

The previous record was in the high 50’s from 2016.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though.

It started in the first quarter and came on double-digit yard runs early and often.

Michael Harris started the scoring off with a 38-yard touchdown trot untouched, Isiah Kimbro would have his lone mistake of the night missing the extra point, 6-0 Red Hawks.

Fellow senior Andrew Bruce would one up Harris with a 48-yard burst to the endzone also untouched to make it 13-0.

After a game to remember against Hillwood, Porter Matlock wanted to make sure people remembered him so he got in on the action next with a 13-yard touchdown also on the ground.

That made it 20-0 Creek Wood.

Before the first quarter had ended one more young man had something to prove.

Eathon Donaldson had to remind everyone why he began this season running the football with an 11-yard scamper to the endzone making a few Glencliff Colts miss, and making it 27-0 at the end of the first.

Creek Wood was obviously far from done scoring and early in the second something special happened.

After breaking his hand against Montgomery Central, Jacob Stephens has played strictly on the defensive side.

However, after seeing the other three seniors pop off for scores, he wanted to get on the board himself.

Stephens entered the game, took a few handoffs for short gains to get into a rhythm, and then exploded for a 29-yard sprint to the endzone.

After a successful two-point conversion, the Red Hawks would make it 35-0 and begin substituted midway through the second quarter.

The subs would decide to get involved, pretty quickly, as on the ensuing possession backup DB Alex Bradshaw would get his first of two non-traditional TD’s.

Bradshaw pick sixed Glencliff QB Marquibe Smith to make it 42-0.

Before the first half could come to a close, two more scores occurred.

Demontae Evans gave everyone notice that his strained muscle was healed up as he carried the Red Hawks a full drive down the field.

With runs of 12, 6, 11, 6, and 7 before punching it in from the two-yard line to put Creek Wood up 49-0.

Near the end of the half, the Red Hawks would show that they aren’t all ground game, however, Eathon Donaldson would air one out and find Andrew Bruce for a 37 yard TD pass.

That put Creek Wood up 56-0 at the half and we would roll quickly from there.

It was decided we would have ten instead of the standard twelve-minute quarters going forward and the running clock would only be stopped by timeouts and the end of the quarter break.

That being said, we still had four more scores, two apiece in this game.

Glencliff would finally get on the board in the third with a three-yard TD pass from Smith after a nice drive down the field.

They failed on the two-point conversion making it 56-6 at the end of the third.

Somehow, with a running clock. we would see three more scores in ten minutes of play.

Red Hawk backup running back, but a household name, Dada Swett would take his turn on the ground with a scamper to the endzone putting Creek Wood up 63-6.

The Colts would answer with a Smith pass to Elijah Jackson but once again failed on the two-point conversion meaning it was 63-12.

With time expiring all the Colts had to do was kick off and all Creek Wood had to do was possess the kickoff and lay down for the game to end.

The Red Hawks did not have a special team’s score, however, and Alex Bradshaw wanted to see the endzone again.

So on the final play of the game, Bradshaw made the catch and proceeded to fly up the right sideline for a 50+ yard kick return score and gave us a final of 69-12.

Look, clearly Glencliff was outmatched in every facet of the game.

Creek Wood was bigger, stronger, faster, and had double or triple the depth of the Colts.

The biggest story coming out of this game, however, will be and should be, the amount of experience gained by the younger players for Creek Wood.

Invaluable Varsity reps for a team that clearly struggled coming into this year with experienced and capable depth.

Well after Hillwood last week, Glencliff this week, and Lawrence County coming up next week, the Red Hawks look to end the year building well for next season.

Up next the Wildcats come to town for Senior night and Homecoming as Creek Wood kicks off at 7 pm in their final game of the year.

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