June 4, 2023

Nothing takes the taste of a six-game losing streak out of your mouth like a big win.

More specifically a 40-6 domination of an inferior opponent.

Creek Wood looked like a college team using a cupcake game to get back on track Friday night their win over Hillwood.

Due to inclement weather, the game was moved to 6:15, though I do not know if it changed anything.

It ended up being a beautiful night for football, and an even more beautiful night for the Red Hawks to soar once again.

It all began with a long opening drive capped off by a seven-yard touchdown run by Michael Harris.

Harris would score twice more in the first half with runs of four and seven yards to make it 19-0 at halftime.

In fact, the only negatives in the first half, as evidenced by the score, were a few failed conversions.

Isiah Kimbro failed to convert the extra point after the first TD and Creek Wood failed on the two-point conversion following the second.

After that though, for the remainder of the game, the offense was immaculate.

Eathon Donaldson, who already had 97 yards through the air in the first half, decided to get in on the scoring action.

He dropped a dime in the hands of Jayden Elliot for a 21 yard TD.

That score was sandwiched between two Porter Matlock rushing TDs of five and one yards.

Matlock was the player of the game with 90 yards on the ground and those two TDs.

He also helped set up all three of Michael Harris TDs with rushes of 15 plus yards.

On the other side, the defense proved why they were the strength of this team coming into the year.

Fundamentally sound all night, the defense allowed yards to the Hilltoppers but never let me come away with points until the final eight seconds.

When they needed a negative play, they created it and played aggressively from start to finish.

While the defense did not force a turnover, they contained Hillwood and put the Hilltoppers in tough situations.

Their only blemish was a blown coverage late.

The Hilltoppers struck on a post route where a young safety was out of position and missed their extra point.

Next week Creek Wood goes on the road to Glencliff.

It should be another big win for the Red Hawks.

Glencliff had been held scoreless five times this season and is 0-7 on the season.

It will be another get-right game for the Red Hawks on the road.

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