Seeking its seventh playoff appearance in nine years, Creekside put together its one of its best overall performances of the year.
Chris Sanders McCullum caught three touchdown passes and the Seminoles converted three turnovers into touchdowns in a 42-0 win over Drew in a Region 4-AAAAA play-in game that finished with a running clock under mercy rules.
“I challenged them right before we went out on the field,” said Creekside coach Aaron Whittington. “We hadn’t had a game all year where we put it all together. They responded well to the challenge.”
The win was the sixth in the last seven games for Creekside.
Evan Berry ran for one touchdown and threw for two others, and Elliott Berry rushed for 96 yards and another score for the Seminoles.
Evan Berry completed just 4 of 12 passes, but finished with 112 passing yards and two touchdowns. McCullum finished with five catches for 142 yards.
The Seminole defense held Drew (6-4) to 75 total yards, just 18 of which came in the first half. Creekside intercepted three passes and recovered two fumbles, including one Cliff Moultin returned 24 yards for the final touchdown, a rumbling, stop-and-start return.
“I’m a lineman, so I don’t really do all that wide receiver stuff,” said Moultin. “I had to fight for it. We knew we had a chance to have a good game, and we just wanted it more.”
The Seminoles (7-3) were at their best in unfavorable situations. On their opening drive they converted two third downs on the way to the game’s first score, which came on a 30-yard pass from Evan Berry to McCullum on fourth-and-9. The drive also included a 38-yard pass from Berry to McCullum on third down and 15 for a first down that set up the score.
Elliott Berry bolted for a 65-yard touchdown run from second and 20 to give Creekside a 14-0 lead. The touchdown came just two plays after a roughing the kicker penalty against Drew allowed the Seminoles to retain possession.
Creekside put the game out of reach with a pair of touchdowns in the final two minutes of the first half. Evan Berry’s 12-yard run at the 1:55 mark made it 21-0, and his 39-yard pass to Sanders McCullum with 16 seconds left made it 28-0.
McCullum’s third touchdown reception and Moultin’s return in the third quarter capped the scoring.