Plant (Fla.) 27, Sandy Creek 27

The Sandy Creek Patriots’ 39-game regular-season winning streak came to an end Thursday night in an interstate matchup with Plant High School from Tampa, Fla.

Their unbeaten streak, though, extended to 40.

The two teams played to a 27-27 tie in a game that was called at 11:30 p.m. with 1:50 left in regulation because of school-nigh curfew rules.

Delvin Weems carried nine times for 181 yards and three touchdowns for Sandy Creek (0-0-1), which ralled from a 12-0 first-half deficit.

It came after an extremely sloppy start for Sandy Creek.

In perhaps the worst quarter they’ve played under Chip Walker, the Patriots gained no first

downs, committed two turnovers, added three penalties for 21 yards, completed no passes and had 7 yards of total offense in the first period.

Plant scored first on a 12-yard pass from Colby Brown to Clarke Miller after a roughing the punter penalty against Sandy Creek wiped out a missed Plant field goal.

Brown and Austin Hudson connected on a 20-yard pass to go up 12-0 at the 5:28 mark in the second period.

The Patriots gained their first first down with 5:24 left in the first half, and four plays later scored on Delvin Weems’ 42-yard run.

On the first play of Plant’s ensuing possession, Sandy Creek’s Brian Miller stepped in front of a Brown pass for an interception at the Plant 45. Miller returned the inteception to the 30, and the Patriots cashed it in for points on Eric Swinney’s 6-yard run with 45 seconds left in the half.

Jordan Reed returned the second-half kickoff 98 yards to give the lead back to Plant.

Weems scored his second touchdown on a 6-yard run, capping a 7-play, 75-yard drive.

A Plant fumble led to Weems’ last touchdown, a 71-yard jaunt on which he stiff-armed three different Plant players.

Brown tossed his third touchdown pass on the last play of the third period, a 4-yard pass to Fletcher Barnes, and Alexander Jackson’s 2-point run knotted the game at 27.

Plant 6 615 0 – 27

Sandy Creek 0 13 14 0 – 27

P – Clarke Miller 12 pass from Colby Brown (kick failed)

P – Austin Hudson 20 pass from Brown (run failed)

SC – Delvin Weems 42 run (Matthew Davenport kick)

SC – Eric Swinney 6 run (kick failed)

P – Jordan Reed 98 kickoff return (Miller kick)

SC – Weems 6 run (Davenport kick)

SC – Weems 71 run (Davenport kick)

P – Fletcher Barnes 4 pass from Brown (Alexander Jackson run)

33 comments Add your comment


August 30th, 2013
12:12 am

Unbelievable. Why was this game was called a tie with 1 minute 50 seconds left to play with Plant 1st and 10 and 42 yards to go !!??

Region 7-AAA

August 30th, 2013
1:06 am

Justindawg… the answer you’re looking for lies in the 3rd sentence of the article. Maybe if you tried reading it.

HSFB Follower

August 30th, 2013
2:07 am

There are times when curfew must be broken this would have been one of those times! Man what a game it was although I was a little disappointed in the Sandy Creek crowd they were more passive and sitting on their hands than other trips I’ve made there. Say what ya want but that Delvin Weems is that dude. Goodness his 71yd TD run. Plant is better than many gave them credit for, they were game all night. For Plant though all the cramping of players they gotta fix. Sandy Creek still sound in GA and in the Nation. It was a well-contested football game for sure right up to the end


August 30th, 2013
4:36 am

Old Man Peabody

August 30th, 2013
6:59 am

So a team traveled 400 miles and has the ball with 1:50 left and driving only to be told you can’t finish because it’s 11:30. What a JOKE.


August 30th, 2013
7:32 am

Plant didnt have the ball with 1:50 left; SC did. SC had just blocked Plant’s FG attempt to win. I think the lethargic crowd was due to all the play stoppages. Never seen such strange officiating plus all the conferences to determine a call. The first and third quarters in particular had the clock stopping on every play. You could tell that both teams had first game jitters; also could see that Plant was a fundamentally sound team…they were solid in their defensive coverages and special teams play. Better test for SC to open the season with than rolling over Banneker.

Sandy Creek needs to find someone that can punt more than 15 yds although that might not happen soon as punter is Coach Walker’s son.


August 30th, 2013
7:34 am

Also wanted to add that through the years, I have attended most all of the SC games and the 71 yd run by Weems was the best I remember seeing. He broke several tackles and then stiff armed two different players to the ground to finish it off.


August 30th, 2013
7:52 am

Badbrad…….great updates. I completely forgot this game was going on last night.

Creek Rising!!!

August 30th, 2013
8:12 am

Plant was not driving with 1:50 left. We punted and they got the ball at THEIR 42 and the game was stopped. I doubt if they would have done much from there anyway and the game would have gone to overtime which would have had the kids out past midnight. Sandy Creek lost two D linemen in the first half and eventually, had O-linemen playing on defense. Anyone who was there could tell you that Plant was much bigger, but the Creek kids held their ground holding Plant to about 220 total yards. Delvin Weems was a monster! He rushed for 181 yards and the two stiff arms were the best I’ve ever seen in a high school game.


August 30th, 2013
8:28 am

None of the SC fans thought it was weird the game was called as soon as the ball was back in the hands of Plant? I am not a fan of either team but just went to see some good football. It was one of the strangest things I have ever seen. Seemed a little fishy right after it happened…


August 30th, 2013
8:36 am

Region 7-AAA I saw the game in person and didn’t feel the need to read the article. I saw how hard both teams fought the entire game, and know exactly why it ended. Very dissapointing decision.


August 30th, 2013
8:45 am

No overtime would have been played in Interstate games. Almost positive!


August 30th, 2013
8:51 am

If you were at the game, you would have noticed the head referee looking at his watch constantly between plays once it got around 11:20 pm. This was not a “Sandy Creek rule” but a GHSA rule…. that simply states on a school night in which school is in session the next day, all activities must be concluded by the mandated GHSA 11:30 pm curfew rule.
Yes, it sucked that it ended the way it did, but to think it was ‘weird’ and possibly benefitted SC is flat wrong.
Props to Plant though. Well-coached, their players played their dang tails off.

Old Man Peabody

August 30th, 2013
9:38 am


I hear you and I understand the rule, but there should be exceptions for a game that had state bragging rights on the line. In FL, as long as the 4th qtr starts before 11:00 the game has to be finished. Who wants to travel 400 miles to go home with a tie, just seems strange, thats all.


August 30th, 2013
9:49 am

badbrad: Creek has some outstanding athletes. Weems was unstoppable and also that #8 receiver. Plant also, you can tell they are well coached and have tremendous talent…Brown had a great game, their running game was also great last night…they came out right at the half with a punt return for a TD. It wasn’t Creeks ball at the end,I have a picture of the scoreboard at 1:50 with Plant possession with ball on 42.


August 30th, 2013
9:51 am

They should have started earlier. The first game did not start until 7, right? A regular game starting at 7:30 will last until 9:30 or so. They were not thinking from the time they set the schedule or this would have been taken into account.


August 30th, 2013
10:10 am

OldManPeabody & Sportsnut: I understand your frustration, as we SC fans wanted to finish it as well. There were MULTIPLE stoppages in both games from the referees, which made both games seem forever. The original start time was 5:25 for game 1, but refs didn’t start until 5:40. T
hey also waited to do the running clock for the game once the Maryland team got up on Banneker.

Then game 2, the original start time was supposed to be 8, but started later. The game was a “Brothers in Arms” classic, sponsored by Under Armour and the Marines, and they did a special tribute and coin toss before the game, which took a little time as well.

Once the Creek/Plant game started, the refs had several conferences regarding penalties, ball placements, etc. which also delayed the game. Couple that with both teams throwing over 20 times each, makes for a long game.

In the future, it probably should be on a Friday or Saturday for 2 games.


August 30th, 2013
10:12 am

Average Joe:

Thanks for the clarification. Was not aware of that rule. Nobody on the Plant side knew that rule. Which caused a lot of confusion and disappointment.

It’s unfortunate that the refs took so long deliberating throughout the game. Seemed like 7 or 8 times. That was the difference between seeing 1:50 on the clock and 0:00.


August 30th, 2013
10:36 am

Was this a Regional televised game? There was so much football on last night, I completely forgot about the SC, Plant match up……. :-)


August 30th, 2013
10:41 am

Objective & Joe:
Agreed. Why was there no running clock on the previous game which had a 35 point differential ?The officials spent an ABSURD amount of time discussing penalties that were confusing – questionable offensive holding call on Plant that brought the ball way back and late calls on SC. I was embarrassed as a Georgia resident to see how unprofessional the officiating and time management was overall. GHSA ought to be ashamed.


August 30th, 2013
11:56 am

Is Plant really that good?? Should Lowndes be worried?? Doesn’t matter, we will be ready!!


August 30th, 2013
12:14 pm

Plant was solid on both sides of the line; Running back Jackson, #4, was a beast, hard to stop once he got in space,
Justindawg, I think i lost track with all the ref conferences. I know we blocked their FG att with 230 left and thought we had only run two plays after that. Way too many stoppages. Lot of wasted time with Plant players cramping up. You would think they would be used to the heat.


August 30th, 2013
1:15 pm

Creek players cramped as well. They sent one in 3rd q to hospital for IV fluids


August 30th, 2013
1:24 pm

Fishy, fish, fishy ! Sumpin stinks to high heaven here! There’s no ties in football anymore, just like there’s no cryin’ in baseball. That is a “mortal sin” and those who allowed it to happen to be locked up! LOL, JK Can you imagine how the team from FL feels after driving all those miles and going back with a tie? Somebody’s sister just got kissed!


August 30th, 2013
1:48 pm

I’m just glad they stopped the game before the swat teams were deployed. Can you imagine what might have happened if they’d played the final minute? haha


August 30th, 2013
2:58 pm

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August 30th, 2013
3:00 pm

This was in this mornings Atlanta electronic news.

Had a great time visiting with you family.



Texas Pete

August 30th, 2013
5:35 pm

What geniuses from Georgia and Florida agreed to play this game on a Thursday night? Are they related to Bud Selig?

Patriot Power

August 30th, 2013
8:53 pm

A tie feels like a loss when you were the one in the lead. We gave them at least two of their touchdowns on bad special teams play.

Jay Stone

August 31st, 2013
9:18 am

Here’s my take: Virtually all of Sandy Creek’s shortcomings in this game were things that are correctable. You don’t have all the success they’e had the past several years without being able to fix those problems. They missed Mitchell McMillin in the kicking game and suffered in the battle for field position as a result, but there are things that can be done to overcome that. On the other hand, the defense recorded seven plays for negative yardage and if not for a roughing the kicker penalty would have held Plant to two offensive touchdowns. Sandy Creek’s gonna be fine.


August 31st, 2013
9:27 am

If GA football powers to be going to schedule a game at 9p they need to wave the curfew


August 31st, 2013
4:34 pm

I have been watching high school football for over
60 years and I have never witnessed such a well
coached game from both teams. I am a neutral fan
and I believe that this is the only way an excellent display
of football both offensively and defensively could end.
Winning is important but, if football on the high school level
should teach anything is that pure love of game should
be the overriding factor. If winning is the only reason then
we are teaching that only one team is worthy of praise, maybe
only one player is worthy of praise. For me, everyone won in Thursday
night’s Plant versus Sandy Creek including this writer.


September 1st, 2013
8:39 am

To Ronnie: The game was scheduled to start at 8 pm! NOT 9! And is actually started right around 8:30.
For whatever reason, the ref’s had a difficult time making sure the penalties were correct, had several long conferences, etc. That took at LEAST 20 minutes. If not for that, the game would have been completed prior to the GHSA curfew time.