50 in 50: Sandy Creek

For the the Sandy Creek Patriots, the only real question in 2013 is motivation.

You can talk about the kicking game – the Patriots just graduated Mitchell McMillin, perhaps the best kicker and punter in school history – or the offensive line, where they sustained the biggest losses of any position group.

But they return the bulk of the skilled players who rolled up 660 points and 6,354 total yards in 2012.

So the question is motivation. For that, head coach Chip Walker is leaning on selective memory. He’d like his players to forget 2012. He’d like them to remember 2011, when they fell to Gainesville in the state quarterfinals.

“A lot of these guys started on that 2011 team,” Walker said. “So they remember what it was like. A bunch of those guys played and played a lot. At the spring game when it was over the other day, I was talking to them about preparing for next season. You don’t want that feeling like we had in 2011 to be the last one you have when you walk off the feel your senior year.”

Everything else looks positive heading into 2013. QB Cole Garvin is back, having passed for 2,740 yards and 21 touchdowns last year.

“He’s the son of a coach and he understands the offense. He really grew and developed into that last year, and I expect more of that this year,” Walker said. “He’s talented first of all. He can make every throw in the book. He’s such a good manager of the game, calm, and he understands what we want to do.”

Junior RBs Eric Swinney (1,414 yards, 23 TDs) and Delvin Weems (1,138, 18) are back, as is WR Demarre Kitt, who compiled 1,236 receiving yards and 11 TDs.

Even with the losses on the line, it could be the biggest the Patriots have had since Walker joined the staff at the Tyrone school.

“Depth along both lines of scrimmage was the big thing we wanted to find out,” Walker said. “We wanted to find some linemen on both sides. Obviously our skilled guys may be as good as they’ve ever been. We just had to make sure we had some guys on both sides of the lines of scrimmage that stepped up a little bit. We think we found that. We may be as big as we’ve ever been been on offensive line. Everybody up front is going to be 6-2 or better, a couple of 270 pounders and a 300-pounder.”

The losses of McMillin and CB Shaq Wiggins may pose the biggest challenges. Walker said the team likely won’t have one player handling both kicking and punting duties.

DL Chris Williams and LB Khari Lain will anchor the defense. Williams, who has offers from mutliple SEC and ACC schools, had more than 80 tackles last year. Lain, who has offers from Tulane and Memphis, finished with more than 100 tackles.

“We’re extremely blessed,” Walker said. “We’re going to go out there next year and every one of our skilled guys that plays is going to have a D-I offer. They’re all great kids, they all work hard. They all bought into the fact that this is an offense, it’s a team, it’s a team game. Everybody’s success helps the other one, and they all understand that.”

Sandy Creek Patriots

2012 record: 15-0, won Class AAAA state championship

Starters returning: 7 offense; 5 defense

Key players lost: WR Kyle Wilson, DB Shaq Wiggins, OL Alan Knott, K Mitchell McMillin

Key players returning: QB Cole Garvin, RB Eric Swinney, RB Delvin Weems, WR Demarre Kitt, DL Chris Williams, LB Khari Lain, WR Justin Sumpter

Schedule: Aug. 30 Banneker, Sept. 6 Newnan, Sept. 13 at East Coweta, Sept. 27 at Fayette County, Oct. 4 Troup County, Oct. 11 at Shaw, Oct. 18 Alexander, Oct. 25 LaGrange, Nov. 1 at Carrollton, Nov. 9 at Columbus.

Outlook: With three state championships in the past four years and most of their skilled players coming back, there’s little to indicate the Patriots will slow down this fall.

47 comments Add your comment

Stone

May 30th, 2013
2:56 pm

Go Creeeeeeeeeek!!

sportsnut

May 30th, 2013
3:03 pm

Good Luck this season Creek.

FayetteCoFan

May 30th, 2013
3:04 pm

The creek will rise again in 2013. See you in the dome

go creek

Creek Rising!!!

May 30th, 2013
3:26 pm

My only concern was the kicking game. If that problem is solved, I’d say it will be another great year. FIRST DOWN CREEEEEEEK!!!!!!

PBJ

May 30th, 2013
3:37 pm

You still have the summer to go so I bet you can recruit a kicker to come to SC,Oops, did I say recruit, I mean they can mysteriously move into your district.

Trojan94

May 30th, 2013
4:20 pm

Sandy creek vs carrollton should be the game of the year.

Trojan94

May 30th, 2013
4:27 pm

Talk about D-1 prospects all over the field for both teams, scouts should be knocking down the gates for this game.

FootballTopFan(c)

May 30th, 2013
4:29 pm

FootballTopFan(c) would like to CONGRATULATE the Sandy Creek Patriots and head coach Chip Walker in winning the 2012 Class AAAA state championship.

The Patriots have a STRONG program.

Football Top Fans supports high school football.

1bighammer

May 30th, 2013
5:11 pm

PBJ…Kickers don’t move in. Then again…What’s it to you if they do?

Trojan '85

May 30th, 2013
5:21 pm

Sandy Creek , you guys have a great program over their in Tyrone. I will give it to you. 3 titles in 4 years says y’all are working on a dynasty. One thing though is all good things will come to an end. We were a little inexperienced last year but the Trojan Nation will rise up this year!

Trojan '85

May 30th, 2013
5:25 pm

PS. I’m not talking about the Trojans from Atlanta!

Lunger

May 30th, 2013
5:32 pm

To Trojan ‘85: Yall too have a GREAT program with the BEST facilities, great coaching staff, and SEVERAL D-1 kids on that Trojan team.
You are correct… all good things do eventually come to an end, but if healthy, it won’t be in the 2013 season. We are looking forward to playing in that college stadium AKA Grisham Stadium. And when that game is over and after you have wiped the tears from your eyes, you will realize that right now, SC is a freaking machine.

Trojan '85

May 30th, 2013
6:58 pm

@ Lunger, the Trojan Nation hears you! It won’t be a rilvary until we win and that time is now!

Trojan94

May 30th, 2013
7:50 pm

Enter your comments here

Trojan94

May 30th, 2013
7:56 pm

Last year none of us in the trojan nation gave us a chance to beat creek. But this year we are loaded and ready for war may the best team win see y’all in carrollton.

Stringer Bell

May 31st, 2013
7:21 am

stephenscountyindianreport

May 31st, 2013
8:43 am

There are 3 AAAA teams that can give Sandy Creek a fight. The problem is, none of those teams are in their regular schedule. Maybe, Sandy Creek plays all three back to back to back in the playoffs.

95BCBear4Lyfe

May 31st, 2013
9:29 am

The Creek will be strong again and I look forward to a rematch with my Burke County Bears. The should be even better this year. Donquell Green with more playmakers alonside him vs that D should be interesting.

WarEagle

May 31st, 2013
9:53 am

Sandy Creek v Carrollton winner should be the favorite for state championship in 4A, assuming no injuries.

1bighammer

May 31st, 2013
9:53 am

@Trojans…ya’ll can sandbag with the best of em! LOL!! We NEVER overlook ya’ll, and we always think you have a shot. I don;t look at it like @Lunger does, but it will be fun to play in Grisham Stadium… We have a score to settle there!

@stephenscountyindianreport…who are the three?

@95BCBear4Lyfe…bring Gator Green and dem county boys on! That was a Great atmosphere last year and one HELLLUVA game.

stephenscountyindianreport

May 31st, 2013
10:56 am

Stockbridge returns 9 from the #1 defense in AAAA last year. Their offense comes with experience & prepared with big time guns.

Monroe Area returns every skill player + and this is a big plus, 4 new senior transfers. One is 6′-5″ QB.

Grady Gray Knights will dominate AAAA football in GA this year. Their 2 transfers from south of Macon will push this team right over the top.

Lunger

May 31st, 2013
1:34 pm

SC had the best D in AAAA for 2012. If you don’t believe me, well just go ask the 15 opponents they whipped last year.
Plus, statistics, AKA “EVIDENCE”, shows that Stockbridge gave up 11.0 ppg in 13 games, and SC gave up 9.0 in 15 games. [NOTE: Kevin Whitley is a GREAT coach for Stockbridge, no knock on him or his program].
But, the facts are the facts.

yawner

May 31st, 2013
2:50 pm

Stockbridge and Monroe Area?!?! LMAO, that’s a good one. Maybe another rap video could help SB’s chances. Both have been and will be handled by the Creek. No contest!

You are right though, I do believe there are 3 teams in 4A that could beat the creek:
1. Carrollton
2. Burke County
3. Sandy Creek themselves.

Trojan '85

May 31st, 2013
6:14 pm

You have got to just love Georgia High School football fans, here it is late May and we are all at mid-season form. @1bighammer we are not the only ones sand bagging. Do not let Marist fool you, trust me they will be their at the end. @stephenscountyindianreport, you must not have made the trip to Carrollton last year. Burke County, Monroe Area and Stockbridge all had good seasons last year and the Trojan Nation respects that and wishes them nothing but the best for the upcoming season. I would love to see a Alabama vs Georgia classic to kick off the season with some of the top teams here playing some of their top teams. they swear the play a better brand than we do.

Trojan '85

May 31st, 2013
6:23 pm

One more thing to all that have posted. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, SANDY CREEK IS THE TEAM TO BEAT AND WE ARE ALL CHASING THE 2012 STATE CHAMPIONS IN AAAA!! To be honest they were probably the best team in any class. Yes and this includes Gainsville.

Trojan94

May 31st, 2013
9:03 pm

Notice Stephenscountyindiansreport didn’t say a thing about Stephens co. Can you say 40-7!

HSFB Follower

May 31st, 2013
9:10 pm

Sandy Creek is a FORCE in the state but NATIONALLY they DO NOT get the credit the warrant! Another deep run is in store for the Pats and make sure you take ya milk jug with ya when you visit The Battlefield!

Creek Rising!!!

May 31st, 2013
11:18 pm

Sandy Creek will be in Rivals top 25 this year, but they will drop because they don’t play out of state games. Unfortunately, no matter how good Carrollton is, they are never recognized by rivals and this year they should be top 100 to start the season. Burke will be good again this year and though Monroe Area does well during the season, they never score against SC. I’d look out for the Monroe Tornadoes and Cairo as well as Marist this season. I’m a fan of Sandy Creek, but I didn’t watch any spring practices so I’m a bit concerned with the defense this year. The front 4 was too much for offenses to handle last year, but all but one has graduated.

badbrad

June 1st, 2013
8:19 am

Don’t you just love guys like PBJ? Your team sucks so the teams that win consistently just have to be recruiting. Couldn’t it just be that Coach Walker and his dad before him use a system that works and that develops talented young players within that system? Many people move into the Fayette County area because the school system is superior to most in Georgia. That said, you don’t see quite the success at the other high schools in Fayette that Creek has, although Whitewater is doing well. Give Coach Walker his due.

I think he is also correct in reminding his team about the Gainesville game a couple of years back. We went up there and their young qb and associates spanked our arses pretty good. A lesson to be learned and remembered.

It’s not our offense that wins our championships; it’s the D. Be interesting to see how that goes. Should get an indication by 2nd game against Newnan. Go Creek. Here’s to 4 out of 5 in 2013.

Truth Hurts

June 1st, 2013
2:55 pm

SC will have a stout defense this year as well. Several studs on that unit. Chris Williams is the BEST defensive lineman in Georgia. Khari Lain could be the Class AAAA Defensive Player of the Year at linebacker. Both of them have multiple offers. The secondary has the best corner tandem in Class AAAA – Ronnie Blackmon Jr and Brian Miller. One of the safeties, Josh (can’t think of his last name) is really good too. And Khari’s cousin, Delonte Lain, is a rising junior who will be a D-1 player at the next level a well. He’ll play LB/DE.

CBell Burke County

June 1st, 2013
3:46 pm

Burke County lost to Creek last year but this year will be different. Got all our players back from last year plus some more talent on both sides of the ball. We will not loose again. we the best team in quad A football very much underrated. I guess that’s a good thing because they will never see us coming. #Bring it to the Bear Den we ready over here!!!!!!

Trojan94

June 1st, 2013
7:35 pm

Sandy creek are the champs until proven other wise but don’t think for a minute that all of there success lately will automatically win them a championship this year games are played on the field. But still much respect to sandy creek I agree with trojan 85 creek looked like the best team in Georgia last year.

That Dude Says...

June 1st, 2013
9:50 pm

I know the games are not played on paper. I also know not even a single down has been played. With that said if you don’t think Sandy Creek ISN’T the odds on hands down without a doubt favorite in AAAA then you are either blindly bias or a straight up fool. It is what is.

badbrad

June 2nd, 2013
7:24 am

If you could win a state championship by talking, Burke County wins every game, every year and nobody scores on them.

Trojan94

June 2nd, 2013
8:47 am

Maybe I am a little bias as I should be and so are you and creek are the hands down favorites to win it all but there has been a lot of great teams that didn’t go back to back to win state. I’m simpling saying don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

Trojan '85

June 2nd, 2013
4:12 pm

@badbrad you’re right, all of the Teams on this 50 in 50 has someone in their area accusing them of recruiting. Good teams win because the community supports the program and thats from the little leagues on up through high school! @Truth Hurts, yeah your defense was pretty good last year but AAAA was not that strong last season we both know our region was a little down. Carrollton only had 3 starters that came back from the ‘11 team and still lost only one game in the region.

89Bears

June 2nd, 2013
7:28 pm

It was a battle when we came to SC. But, thats the kind of I’m games that I like. The standing up, on the edge seat games are the best. It would be a blessing to see SC again. Especially its Green senior class returning plus, most of the offense that put 20pts on SC. Which was the most points from any team that SC last year. Plus, we the only team that held SC to the fewest points all season (31pts). Also, we was the only team that led SC going into the 4th quarter. Bottomline is, if this game happens………this will be the best game of the season, no doubt. Our returning offense against SC rebuilding defense, and SC returning offense against our rebuilding defense. WOW !!!!!

89Bears

June 2nd, 2013
7:48 pm

I know that I should have read that before I submitted, Thats what happens when you’re filing out papers, cooking, got visitors, and talking. Anyway, keep winning SC so yall can play the Bears one more time. BC will be there, this is the team thats gonna rollout on teams. I’m with yall til we meet again. PEACE

FayetteCoFan

June 3rd, 2013
5:59 am

89Bears remeber two of BC touchdowns went through SC defender’s hands and Newnan also SC to 31 points.

FayetteCoFan

June 3rd, 2013
8:43 am

95BCBear4Lyfe

June 3rd, 2013
9:27 am

I’ve been talking with Gator and he will be ready for the season. He wants to show he is the best in the state. Look for a 2000 yard rushing performance and with about 1200 passing. Those County Boys should be a lot more explosive than last years. This year SC should be challenged by Carrollton, BC, Marist and a surprise team. Can’t wait…

FranchiseMe

June 3rd, 2013
3:47 pm

There are a lot of great players on the Creek team not mentioned including Blackmon, Miller who can shut WR’s down, the other Lain who will play LB, Brown who will probably play FB (strong as hell) and the offensive line where you have all guys are stout.

Creek Rising!!!

June 4th, 2013
7:59 am

Bears….Shaw scored 26 points against Creek and our lowest amount of points scored was 30 against Carrollton.
I can’t wait for my first visit to Grisham! That is going to be the game of the year regardless of how the playoffs line up.

MrNobody

June 4th, 2013
1:35 pm

@Truth Hurts…where did you get this? “The secondary has the best corner tandem in Class AAAA – Ronnie Blackmon Jr and Brian Miller.”

Miller proved himself last year and should be a force this year, but Blackmon has yet to prove anything. Not sure where Max Preps got “Super Sophomore” from, but that is yet to be seen. It wouldn’t surprise me to see someone no one has heard of step up and take that vacant spot.

Trojan '85

June 4th, 2013
2:07 pm

@Creek Rising, we in the Trojan nation are awaiting Sandy Creeks visit to Grisham Stadium this year. This will be one of our better teams we field this year. Hopefully we can navigate an early season tough schedule where both teams would be undefeated when we play. If that is the case you might want to arrive two hours early if you want a seat.

Creek Rising!!!

June 4th, 2013
5:12 pm

I’ll be there for sure!!

manblk22

June 6th, 2013
11:54 am

Creek rising, dont waste your money. The Creek will run through Carrollton. It comes down to coaching. Coach Walker runs multi formations. Numb nuts(teague) runs a rec. league wing t. Stack the box, game over. He will not allow the QB to pass the ball. I want to say its going to be a good game. Not this year. 45-17 final score. SC