BY ELIJAH WILSON FOR BOOM SPORTS MEDIA TN
Creek Wood’s rushing attack proved to be too much for Sycamore, and on Senior Night in Pleasant View, the War Eagles came out flat and were never able to recover, losing 32-7 here on Friday (October 5).
“We were very lethargic and dull tonight,” Sycamore head coach Justin Robison said. “It felt like no one really wanted to be here and I don’t know how you can go through a football game with that mindset.”
Creek Wood scored on three drives in the first half, all on the ground, with one of those coming off of a Sycamore fumble. Sycamore started the game strong, forcing the visiting Creek Wood Red Hawks to a 3rd & 15 on their opening drive, only to give up a juking and weaving 48-yard touchdown run that featured Garrett Stansberry switch fields and a find couple key blocks en route to the score, making it 7-0
The War Eagles threw a near interception on their first drive, only to punt back to the Red Hawks. Creek Wood drove 83 yards, capped off an impressive drive by a 50-yard touchdown run for Stansberry once again, picking up a pancake block by teammate and brother, Danny Stansberry. Sycamore blocked the point after and the score would be 13-0.
Sycamore got their chances in the first half, with Creek Wood giving up four fumbles, two on back-to-back possessions. The second fumble by Creek Wood set Sycamore up on Creek Wood’s 42-yard line.
“Well they gift wrapped it for us,” Robison said of the Creek Wood turnovers. “They tried to give us the game and we refused to take it at any point,” Robison said.
After a fourth down conversion, Sycamore was backed up on a crucial holding call, something that plagued them for most of the night.
“We talked pregame about the penalties. You can’t commit the penalties and can’t commit the turnovers.”
Sycamore eventually coughed the ball up on a failed trick play to give Creek Wood the ball inside Sycamore’s 35-yard line. Creek Wood scored a couple plays later, and go up 19-0 after a failed two-point conversion. Late in the half, Sycamore’s quarterback, Trevor Gagnon was running towards the sideline and stepped out, only to be pushed after the whistle by a Creek Wood player. This occurred on Creek Wood’s sideline and the Red Hawk’s bench was flagged for arguing the call. This set Sycamore up on Creek Wood’s 36-yard line, but Gagnon threw an interception, but the drama didn’t end there. Andre Darden tried to run the ball back but fumbled on the return. Sycamore fell on the fumble inside Creek Wood’s red zone, on the 18-yard line. Sycamore, however, went four straight plays for negative yardage and eventually turned the ball over on downs, to go into the half, 19-0.
Coach Robison said about his team’s performance, “We couldn’t have beaten the Pleasant View Junior Pro Eagles tonight with a game like we had tonight.”
Sycamore received the ball in the second half and put together a formidable drive. They converted on a fourth-and-short to keep the drive alive. Shortly after, Gagnon hit Cody Breedlove who made an acrobatic catch near the sideline. Breedlove slipped behind the defense and raced to a 44-yard touchdown and the War Eagles trailed 19-7 with 7:10 in the third quarter.
Coach Robison said of the touchdown catch, “We played bad across the board with the exception of one catch and really didn’t run the route. He got lucky, snagged one and made a heck of a play but you put the ball in the air 30 times and complete it three times, that’s nothing to hang your hat on.”
Creek Wood followed that up with two straight touchdown drives, the second following a fumble recovery, and both ended in three-yard scores. The second point after was missed and Creek Wood led 32-7. The fourth quarter didn’t feature any scores as both teams had backups in the rest of the way to preserve starters.
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