Sandy Creek 24, Carrollton 7

Carrollton – It was worth wondering whether Sandy Creek’s defense was as good as it had been over the past four years, but Friday night against Carrollton, the Patriot defenders did virtually everything they wanted.

Sandy Creek, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA, beat No. 2 Carrollton 24-7 before a packed Grisham Stadium in large part because over the last 3 ½ quarters, the Patriot defenders yielded virtually nothing.

Sandy Creek (8-0-1, 6-0 Region 5-AAAA) extended its regular-season unbeaten streak to 48 gasmes and clinched its sixth straight region title.

After yielding a touchdown drive on the first possession, the Sandy Creek defense did not allow another first down in the next five Carrollton possessions.

“Everybody doubted us. We’ve been injured all year, but we got all our starters back and we just had to play,” said Sandy Creek defensive back Brian Miller, who contributed two interceptions to the defensive effort.

Patriot quarterback Cole Garvin passed for 184 yards and added a rushing touchdown, while Eric Swinney rushed for 71 yards and two TDs and Delvin Weems added 97 rushing yards as Sandy Creek outgained Carrollton 366-88.

“We played like the defense we thought we’d have,” said Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker. “

Carrollton (8-1, 5-1) started fast, getting a 53-yard return by Jarvis Terrell on the opening kickoff. The Trojans then drove to the game’s initial score, with quarterback Will Garrett pushing into the end zone from a yard out. The drive was only 40 yards but took 11 plays and consumed 5:31 off the clock.

The Trojan drive stalled inside the Sandy Creek 5-yard line and after an illegal procedure penalty, Tyler Newsome kicked a 23-yard field goal, but the Patriots were flagged for roughing the kicker. Carrollton coach Rayvan Teague opted to take the points off the board and go for a touchdown.

Sandy Creek answered, driving 80 yards on 12 plays. The big sequence in the drive took place on fourth down at the Carrollton 34-yard line. The Patriots ran a play and were apparently stopped short, but Carrollton called a timeout just before the snap. Given a second chance, Sandy Creek’s Delvin Weems bolted 10 yards for a first down, and two plays later Swinney sprinted in from 16 yards out to tie the game.

Sandy Creek took the lead following a turnover. Patriot defensive back Brian Miller stepped in front of a Garrett pass at the Carrollton 20 and returned the pick to the Trojan 8-yard line.

Cole Garvin snuck in from less than a yard out to put Sandy Creek up 14-7.

Swinney added a 6-yard run in the third period and Lorenzo Broadwater’s 22-yard field goal made it 24-7.

Sandy Creek 7 7 7 3 – 24

Carrollton 7 0 0 0 – 7

C – Will Garrett 1 run (Tyler Newsome kick)

SC – Eric Swinney 16 run (Lorenzo Broadwater kick)

SC – Cole Garvin 1 run (Broadwater kick)

SC – Swinney 6 run (Broadwater kick)

SC – Broadwater 22 field goal

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Creek1

November 1st, 2013
10:07 pm

I never thought we could win this game with all the talk Carrollton and the media were putting out. Way to go SC.

That Dude Says...

November 1st, 2013
10:16 pm

The carrollton posters on here had been so thirsty all season long for Sandy Creek. Tonight some of those LOUD MOUTHS in carrollton are dehydrated.

ken

November 1st, 2013
10:40 pm

I am in awe of Sandy Creek’s coaching staff. There is no way
a team can be assured of securing top talent every year, but
with great coaching……basic fundamentals…poise…team play…
of such things dynasty are made…it reminds me of the glory
days of Valdosta. Many more coaches could take a lesson from the Creek.

Sportsnut

November 1st, 2013
10:40 pm

Congrats Creek. I knew you would maintain order.

Bear Nation

November 1st, 2013
10:43 pm

Congrats on the win Creek. Now put Griffin on your calender, because we’re coming for you!!

Patriot Power

November 1st, 2013
10:46 pm

Much respect to the Trojan Nation. Great stadium, Great hosts. Great football atmosphere. We hope to see you again in the Dome.

THEHILLISREAL

November 1st, 2013
11:26 pm

WOW! Teenagers never know how they will react to Big light and camera. I was sure Carrollton would hang 30+ on the Creek, Carrollton was my pick for state. Funny everyone in Carrollton thinking Griffin was the only threat. I wonder Cedartown & Nick Chubb up to.

TROJAN FAN

November 1st, 2013
11:28 pm

@ken Totally agree. That was the difference. Just want to say Carrollton’s defense played great! If you had told me SC scores 24, I’d have said we win by 10. Did Carrollton have 12 offensive plays in the second half?? First drive Carrollton knew SC was going to take away our speed on the edges, so QB keep worked great. SC made adjustments .. we never did. I posted earlier in the week that I feared their passing game. SC ran just to set up the pass. Carrollton never did anything to make SC do anything but crowd the box. It seemed to me, we stopped doing what we do best. WE took the ball out of the hands of our “athletes”

FirstDownCreeekkk!!!

November 1st, 2013
11:39 pm

The SC kids practiced with a chip on their shoulders all week. They knew what they had but all of the conversation had been about Carrollton, Griffin, etc. Coach Walker used that to get their attention. He brought last yea’s state championship trophy to practice and sat it at midfield each practice as a reminder of what the program is about. The kids go the message and took it to the field Friday night.

TROJAN FAN

November 1st, 2013
11:42 pm

Just a side. If you are a school administrator and CSS wants to broadcast your game say NO! TV time outs sucked all the rhythm out of the game. They even stopped the game a couple of times, when there was no time out, score, or change of procession. ?????? I attend NFL and College games every year and never seen anything like it. A 30 second time out would take 3 minutes. Even in the NFL, you sometimes come back from commercial and miss a play. Thought it was sad.

Bear_Backer

November 1st, 2013
11:42 pm

Wow. All I can say is wow. I made the trip from “the Grip” to Carrollton, and what a facility. I sat on the home side first, and had some good conversations with some of the Trojan faithful. Everyone was very nice, and at first talked like they were going to walk all over the Creek. I warned them the Patriots were not going to roll over, and I was right. At half-time I mozied around and talked to a few Creek fans. They are not at all fazed that they won so handily. I mean they flat out-played the trojans in every facet of the game. I love Griffin with all my heart and soul and left blood on the field for them during my playing days. I am also a realist, and it does not look good for any team that faces them the rest of the way. They are that good. Good luck to my alma mater Bears, but if past playoff history for them is any indication, it saddens me to predict they have a season ending hibernation coming when they face Sandy Creek.

Bear_Backer

November 1st, 2013
11:49 pm

Clarification: I meant to say It does not look good for any team that Faces Sandy Creek the rest of the way. The bad sentence made it sound like I meant facing Griffin. Good luck Bears.

FirstDownCreeekkk!!!

November 1st, 2013
11:56 pm

@Bear_Backer, your honest assessment is refreshing. SC defense has its swagger back. They know the offense can move the ball on any defense, so their goal is to get off of the field without giving up points. Never thought they would dominate Carrollton like they did. This win just fuels their confidence going into the state playoffs to defend their title. November should be fun to watch.

HSFB Follower

November 1st, 2013
11:57 pm

I just do not know why everyone is so surprised. Sandy Creek is and has been better all season. Carrollton has never seen anything like Sandy Creek all season including Oxford, AL. Sandy Creek sent a message and those that doubted them and fell in love with Carrollton were shown that tonight. Griffin my be the next best thin in 4A to Sandy Creek period!

Jim

November 2nd, 2013
12:21 am

Alexander almost beat both of them, Watch out for coach Combs and the Alexander Cougars next year!!

Patriot Power

November 2nd, 2013
12:34 am

Alexander almost beat Sandy Creek (52-42). They did not almost beat Carrollton (63-21).

OldManfromHwy16

November 2nd, 2013
12:37 am

I can hear the “let’s hire Walker” chants now in C’ton.
Alexander? Fluke vs SC, and DID NOT come close to “almost beating” Carrollton. That guy has done a good job this year, but these two teams are in a league of their own.

Yawner

November 2nd, 2013
12:47 am

The wing-t will never work against SC. Keep trying though. That offense is whack.

Son Of Waco

November 2nd, 2013
12:57 am

@Yawner yeah I agree with you the wing-t offense time has expired for sure.. I know fans of those teams who still run wing-t as their offense want to jump on the spread offense bus after a loss like this one..

BEARMAN

November 2nd, 2013
1:33 am

I’M NOT THE ONE TO COME ON HERE TO PREDICT ANYTHING…I WILL SAY SANDY CREEK DESERVES TO BE #1 AND WISH THEM LUCK. BUT I WILL SAY I THINK WE ARE BETTER THAN CARROLLTON AND WE HAVE THE TEAM TO WIN THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AND WE HAVE THE TEAM TO BEAT SANDY CREEK. IF WE PLAY LIKE WE HAVE ALL YEAR…THAT GRIFFIN AND SANDY CREEK PLAYOFF COULD BE A BARN BURNER. AS I SAID ON GAVSV…GRIFFIN HAS THE BEST TEAM THIS YEAR SINCE 1978!

Old Bear

November 2nd, 2013
1:42 am

Carrollton was never the #2 in all classifications. Region 5 AAAA is weak except for Sandy Creek and Carrollton. That happens often – Region 4 is close to the same situation. Sandy Creek is good, but they aren’t head and shoulders above the rest of AAAA.

socraticpavement

November 2nd, 2013
2:14 am

SC was very good, very poised, and very well coached. The TV coverage was whack but, both teams suffered from it so it was not a factor.

They were the best team I have seen play in years and reminded me of the 1994 Washington County team with Takeo Spikes who was unstoppable.

x-factor

November 2nd, 2013
5:37 am

Carrolton talked a lot of smack leading up this game and all I can say they’re eating a lot of crow this morning. I watched this game on CSS, and after that 1st drive Sandy Creek took away your speed to the outside forcing your QB to keep the ball. Sandy Creek ran a balanced attack on offense, taking what the defense gave them and moved the chains. Carrolton runs a spread offense but more of a run based spread than pass. Once your run option was nullified it was over from that point. HOPING for that big play against a fundamentally sound defense is not going to happen. Its all about matchups and teams that rely heavily on run versus pass will make an early exit from the state playoffs.

Carrollton fan NOT

November 2nd, 2013
6:21 am

I love to see Carrollton lose. They have always looked down of all the other schools in the area thinking they are better than anyone else.

Cdtown

November 2nd, 2013
7:01 am

Carrollton was clearly outmatched in both speed and power, however, I am not sure I see a state champion in SC either. Can think of a few triple A schools with more depth of both speed and power.

Trojan94

November 2nd, 2013
7:17 am

Congrats to sandy creek region 5AAAA champs well played and coached game. Well let me go ahead and put it out hear we have a coaching problem, Offensive play calling was horriable There is not a talent gap between the two schools defense played well considering the fact they was on the field the whole game. why in the hell did we abandon the run after the first drive? SC clearly challenged us with there front seven and not giving up anything deep I know a lot of you guys hate the wing -t but last night we should have kept running until they stopped us because once Teague got behine he didn’t know what in the hell to do he was CEARLY OUT COACHED BY A BETTER COACHED

manblk22

November 2nd, 2013
7:32 am

Hats off to SC coaching staff. They came in and made an statement last night. Well coached and balanced team. I can’t predict the future. But , in order for Carrollton to advance to the next level. They have to consider coaching change. I’m not saying Teague is a bad coach. It’s sure talent that gets Carrollton deep in the playoffs not coaching. Again. I can’t predict the future. SC looked good with their balanced attack. We will go lick our wounds and get ready for next week. Go Trojans.

Go Trojans!

November 2nd, 2013
7:33 am

Congratulations to the Creek. 100% completely outplayed us last night. I’m not sure who the #2 team is but clearly it isn’t Carrollton.

I think the Carrollton faithful were cautiously confident that they would play the Creek in a good game. I personally thought the team had a different vibe this year.

End of the day, Creek wins big games.

It was a great night and great atmosphere.

FirstDownCreeekkk!!!

November 2nd, 2013
7:41 am

@BEARMAN and Old Bear, first it was we had no chance against Carrollton and now it’s we have no chance against Griffin. Be careful what you asked for. Carrollton wanted us and they got it – in their own back yard. While a game against Griffin will be competitive, you don’t win 3 of the last 4 state titles because you play weak competition. Creek is built to play this time of year – on the road or at home. We look forward to meeting up with the best Griffin team since 1978. That was the same conversation last week about Carrollton – the best Carrollton team since….

FirstDownCreeekkk!!!

November 2nd, 2013
7:46 am

@Trojan94, the plan all week was to make your QB beat us and use offensive balance to control the clock. Turnovers were the concern and we did not have any. Teague should have stayed in the shotgun spread as he did on the opening scoring drive and kept us spread out. However, when you have not had tough games and have not had to adjust to a defense stopping your wing-T, you have BRAINLOCK as a coaching staff.

Football Coach

November 2nd, 2013
7:48 am

Carrollton is the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the 70’s and 80’s. They beat up on physically mis-matched opponents, then get hit in the mouth against opponents who can match them physically and athletically. Coach Teague has got to stop being so stubborn in his schemes and the way he deploys personnel. HS football has evolved beyond the wing T offense and the Bear Bryant 50 defense. Chip Walker and his staff outcoached Carrollton AGAIN… and I think Carrollton has better athletes.. I will say this… The next coach at Carrollton will win a state championship…

the instagatter

November 2nd, 2013
8:47 am

as long as teague is the coach carrollton will always be second best he coaches scared want let his coaches coach that offense is a one way just run the kids are not prepared in the passing game to run underneath routes this dinosour offense does not get the skilled players college ready and that’s the fact’s the kids where great for carrollton the low grade coaching staff that teaches no skills the running backs can’t see the field they are always runnig east/ west on takeoff the highest paid coach with a minimum wage coaching style.

Creek Rising!!!

November 2nd, 2013
9:00 am

Name your AAA teams that can beat Sandy Creek Cdtown. You should say AAAAAA. We are talking about a school that is 75-3-1 since 2008 and please don’t look at Buford as your answer because they are much the same as Carrollton being that they are always bigger and faster than any team they face people get caught up in the delusion that no team can stop them.
The best Griffin team since 1978 will play the best Sandy Creek team since 2012. I guess you all totally disowned the number one ranked team you had a few years ago that SC beat on your home field. Can’t wait to play you all again. I loved it down there and I love your marching band.

the instagatter

November 2nd, 2013
9:07 am

where is black man 22 today with that big mouth you put the cart before the horse you sounded like a trumpet to start the week but now your sounding like a flute

Creek Rising!!!

November 2nd, 2013
9:30 am

Looks like Griffin may have to play Statesboro so I wouldn’t be pushing a match up against Creek until after that game

hollywoodraiders

November 2nd, 2013
9:31 am

what i saw lastnight in carrollton made me sick to my stomach it was aweful.sorry to all the trojan nation that had to watch their coach laydown on them and the community.i dnt mind losing cause its about the kids first.but give the kids a chance to win i have seen li league games with better offense play calling than this.if u can make six figures for that im in the wrong business.they coach walker them showed u why a base defensive look with no design and an offense with no real purpose will ever beat him…

the instagatter

November 2nd, 2013
9:44 am

the dinosour offense that carrollton runs is not fit for the future tailback terrell the offense has taken away his vision to see the whole field so he can make explosive plays that he can produce when you take away the second nature of a runner the GOD given talent and put it in a box he is just another back thats controled by the low grade offense that will kill his potential greatness. this kid needs to be in a I- formation so he can shine that’s the facts.

Grip

November 2nd, 2013
10:09 am

Griffin is only taking it one game at time…. When the 3rd round of the state playoffs come and a potential Sandy Creek – Griffin matchup happens we will be ready.

FirstDownCreeekkk!!!

November 2nd, 2013
12:06 pm

Coach Walker is old school when it comes to the ground game and overall offensive strategy. As has been mentioned, his RBs will ALWAYS be in the I or lined up behind the QB so they can SEE the holes, plant the foot in the ground and get downhill or use their speed on the toss sweep. And his QB will be under center 90% of the offensive snaps. Strategically, his QBs will ALWAYS be able to throw. Coach Walker was a QB is college, so he understands balance and what the challenges it creates for a defense. He also understands that if a team can’t throw on his defense, they in effect are 1-dimensional. If Griffin cannot throw the ball and control the line of scrimmage with their defensive front 7 so we cannot run AND pass protect , it will be Carrollton all over again.

FirstDownCreeekkk!!!

November 2nd, 2013
12:23 pm

@Creek Rising !!, got some stats for you “compatriot” that the coaches provided last BEFORE the Carrollton game:

Garvin (QB): 1357 yds passing; 62% completion; 12 TDs: 2 INTs
Swinney (RB; #24): 858 yds on 108 carries (7.3 yds / carry); 14 TDs
Weems (RB; #27): 860 yds on 90 carries (9.6 yds / carry ) 14 TDs
Kitt (WR; #8): 650 receiving; 37 receptions; 5 TDs

We should have two 1,000 yd rushers after the Columbus game, Kitt should have 800+ yds receiving and Cole should have close to 1800 yds passing and maybe 15 -16 TDs.

BALANCE!

Cdtown

November 2nd, 2013
12:36 pm

Ask your AD to play Buford buddy. And Cartersville is the other team I speak of. They have beaten creek before.

rural boy

November 2nd, 2013
12:42 pm

If Coach Walker is for sale,big money Carrollton will buy,regardless of price.Right now Teague is the THIRD best coach in the county.May be the same thing that happened when Coach Grisham stayed longer than he perhaps should have,and the good athletes went to Central and won back to back state titles

FirstDownCreeekkk!!!

November 2nd, 2013
12:48 pm

@rural boy, the talent pipeline at SC is overflowing! Walker’s best work is yet to come with what we have on the JV and the feeder middle schools. He has put the work in to build the foundation. All he is doing now is just stacking bricks, i.e STATE TITLES!!

Patriot Power

November 2nd, 2013
1:01 pm

Cartersville? When is the last time they won anything? We tried to schedule Buford two years ago. They wouldn’t bite.

Cdtown

November 2nd, 2013
1:23 pm

Like I said, C’ville beat creek.

Cdtown

November 2nd, 2013
1:38 pm

Oh, I am sorry, you asked when had Cartersville won anything. Let’s see,
2007 CArtersville 17 – Sandy Creek 16
2006 Cartersville 31 – Sandy Creek 0

2008 baseball- Cartersville 5 Sandy Creek 2

Speaks for itself c rising.

Board_Ref

November 2nd, 2013
2:06 pm

FLAG on BEARMAN… exessive use of capital letters. 15 minute posting delay and loss of caps lock key. (We can all read, please lower the caps)

FirstDownCrreeekkk!!!

November 2nd, 2013
2:07 pm

@Cdtown, you are indeed correct, SC is 0-2 versus Cartersville in footbal. However, between 1991 – 2013, Creek is 2 – 0 versus Cedartown!

Grip

November 2nd, 2013
2:10 pm

Griffin is not one dimensional like Carrolton, so lets be clear about that upfront. If you think y’all will see what you saw in that run first spread offense of Carrolton that only passed out of desperation it will be a long night for y’all. I give credit to Sandy Creek staff they’re a well coached football team, but Griffin has y’all on its radar. Now the question about a pipe line to y’all program that’s a stretch at best. I know that area my wife graduated from Fayette County High school and her sister from Sandy Creek a few years after it opened so slow your roll with that pipeline talk . No program stays loaded so stop kidding yourself. Back to the state playoffs Griffin will be ready.

FayettecountyFan

November 2nd, 2013
2:17 pm

As I stated in a previous blog this game would come down to coaching and who could make the biggest adjustment. My hats off to Carrollton they have just as much talent if not more than SC. Not to toot my own horn I don’t SC played their best game (offensely) they just took what Carrollton gave them but, on the other hand their defense played lights out probably the best defensive I’ve seen them play all year. If this defense is what we are going see in the playoff it is going to be a long second half of the season for the rest of the 4A community.