It wasn’t perfect for Sandy Creek, but it was close enough.
The No. 1-ranked Patriots moved at will all night and routed visiting Eastside 55-0 Friday night in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
Sandy Creek (11-0) rolled up 669 total yards, including 489 rushing, in a game that finished with a running clock under GHSA mercy rules.
Tailback Delvin Weems led the Sandy Creek offensive parade, rushing for 221 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Fellow runner Eric Swinney finished with 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 13 carries.
“It was all on the line,” said Weems. “The holes were just wide open.”
Eastside (7-4), just one week removed from a 35-0 win over then-unbeaten Monroe Area, finished with 174 total yards and moved inside the Sandy Creek 30-yard line just once.
Sandy Creek wasted two first-half possessions with turnovers but it hardly mattered.
Quarterback Cole Garvin completed 13 of 17 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns, both to senior receiver Demarre Kitt, who caught seven passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
Weems got rolling on the Patriots’ second possession, carrying four times for 83 yards on a five-play, 97-yard drive for the game’s first score, the 21-yard run.
The Patriots, who outgained Eastside 395-103 in the first half, went up 14-0 on a 47-yard pass from Garvin to Kitt, who made a spectacular diving catch at the goal line.
“That catch was unbelievable,” said Garvin. “I actually made a bad throw and Demarre just made a great play.”
Garvin and Kitt connected on a 6-yard touchdown pass in the final minute of the first half on a fourth-down play, giving Sandy Creek a 21-0 lead.
Weems erased any remaining doubt about the outcome on Sandy Creek’s first possession of the second half, carrying four times for 74 more yards, including his second touchdown from nine yards out.
Eastside, which gave Sandy Creek its biggest scare in the 2011 regular season in a 13-10 loss, was never in this one.
“There was no way we thought it would be like this,” Garvin said. “They have a really good defensive line, but our line was outstanding tonight. They really gave the backs a lot of room to run.”