Facing a dynamic quarterback/running back combo for the second straight week, Sandy Creek was more than equal to the task.
Stuffing Monroe Area’s Stanton Truitt and Kwan Brooks all night, the No. 1-ranked Patriots (14-0) won 35-0, earning a shot at its third state championship in four years.
Sandy Creek won its 33rd straight home game, rolling up 331 total yards and posted their third shutout.
While Sandy Creek quarterback Cole Garvin was passing for 207 yards and a touchdown, the Patriot defense was holding Monroe Area to 117 total yards.
“We just got after it,” said Sandy Creek defensive lineman Spencer Roberts. “We had good intensity all week.”
Added fellow defensive lineman Chris Williams, “we did a good job containing their quarterback and reading their blocks well.”
Truitt, who came in with 1,388 rushing yards, and Brooks, who had 1,894 on the ground, had multiple defenders in their faces from the outset. Truitt finished with 32 yards on 20 carries and Brooks had 14 yards on 10 attempts.
“The defense is the heart of our football team,” said Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker. “The reason we are where we are is because of our defense.”
Monroe Area (12-2) missed a chance on its first drive, moving to the Sandy Creek 30 before stalling, and the Hurricanes fumbled in Sandy Creek territory on their second drive.
“We had a good game plan,” said Monroe Area coach Matt Fligg. “We wanted to start fast. If you don’t take advantage of things against Sandy Creek, you’re going to get beat. I think they’re the best team in all classifications. That’s the best talent I’ve ever seen.”
Meanwhile, Sandy Creek’s offense moved almost at will. Monroe Area intercepted Garvin on the game’s opening possession and forced one punt, but otherwise they did not slow down the Patriots.
Demarre Kitt hauled in six passes for 112 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter for the game’s first score.
Sandy Creek sophomore running back Delvin Weems, who surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the season, capped a 10-play, 57-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown run. Fellow tailback Eric Swinney scored on an 11-yard run to complete a 21-point outburst in the second quarter for Sandy Creek.
Khari Lain put the exclamation point on the win with a 24-yard fumble return for a touchdown.