Sandy Creek 35, Monroe Area 0

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.

15 comments Add your comment

PatriotGirl

December 7th, 2012
10:57 pm

How ’bout those Patriots!!!!

First Dooowwwnnn Crreeekkk!

December 7th, 2012
11:08 pm

We looked for that Purple Hurricane that we were told was com ing through Fayette County tonight. It did’t even turn into a small gust of wind. Like the Monroe Coach, Creek has he best talend he has ever seen. One more spanking left to administer. ON A MISSION for 3rd title in 4 years!

Patriot Power

December 7th, 2012
11:54 pm

Tonight was fun, a much needed breather after last week.

First Down Creek!!!!

December 8th, 2012
12:29 am

The hurricane warning got called off around 7:30pm

you crossed the line

December 8th, 2012
5:16 am

Sandy Creek Football team – excellent
Sandy Creek Fanbase – meh (and that’s being real nice)

Jim Davis

December 8th, 2012
8:13 am

I’m thinkin’ how good this SC team will be next year when all these underclassmen grow up…glad Auburn didn’t schedule them next year (Auburn grad, so I’m making a joke). Fun team to watch…no weaknesses I could see. Balanced offense and fast as lightning defense. What else? Good coaching? Probably the best in the state. And great fans. See you in the dome. Let’s hope Ridgeland brings their A game…if not, make room in the trophy case for another one. There are D-1 players at every position.

BigSCFan

December 8th, 2012
8:36 am

I don’t get the hate from other schools fans… though bias, I think the SC fans have always been generous, courteous, and extremely hospital to the challengers that show to cheer on their teams. EXAMPLE: Last night, MA’s marching band was a small unit with not much talent, but the SC fans showed great appreciate for their efforts and strength to go out and perform the best they could. We cheered them on along the ay and even gave them a standing Ovation. Come on haters, just stop already, knock the self-placed chip off your shoulders for being envious and grow up will ya?

BigSCFan

December 8th, 2012
8:38 am

** hospitable

Hurricane plopper

December 8th, 2012
9:02 am

Another Hurricane plopper. Back to the AREA???

Bob

December 8th, 2012
9:06 am

The most talent top to bottom I have ever seen on a single high school football team. Put that with great coaching and you see what you get. What is in the water down there?

We are arrogant

December 8th, 2012
11:29 am

Arrogant & Smartass is what we appear to be. Congratulations to Monroe Area on a good season. Let’s keep in mind Sandy Creek fans, our whole team and school is viewed by your comments. Why do we want to appear to belittle a team we just beat? Congratulate them and move on.

First Down "Creeeekkk"

December 8th, 2012
2:24 pm

@We Are Arrogant” I can appreciate your comment: Class programs win with dignity, respect for the opponent and great sportsmanship. You handle your business on the competitive field, congratulate your challenger for their efforts in competing, and move on to the next challlenge. Let others talk about how Creek is a great champion and program. We will just continue to support our boys’ success with humility.

Patriot Power

December 8th, 2012
2:50 pm

No arrogance intended on my part towards Monroe Area. They have a great program with a lot of promise. We had to deal with having a good football team but always losing in the playoffs a long time (2003-2008) before we had our breakthrough season in 2009. Monroe Area’s time will come.

you crossed the line

December 9th, 2012
3:58 pm

Patriot Power – you are the biggest blowhard on here every week bragging like you have something to do with the team. You would not know sportsmanship if it slapped you in the face. Get over yourself and apologize to all those unfortunate people who are on food stamps. Where will you be when Creek falls on hard times? Back under your rock I surmise.

Patriot Power

December 9th, 2012
5:26 pm

Blowhard? I see your team of writers is back in force. The food stamps comment was not directed at Monroe Area but at some dude who supposedly came to the Burke game, sat on the visitor’s side, and had some repeatedly negative comments about our stadium. I don’t take kindly to that and will always defend my team, my school, and my stadium. I didn’t really think the dude was on food stamps (if he was, how could he afford a computer, an Internet connection, and a ticket to a quarterfinal playoff game).

This forum is not an appropriate one for a political discussion about food stamps, so I will leave it at that.