By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
The Sandy Creek defense did more than tug on Superman’s cape. The Patriots yanked it off and stepped on it.
The defending Class AAAA champions dominated Cedartown (9-2) and All State running back Nick Chubb from start to finish in a 63-10 blowout Friday night at the Battlefield in Tyrone.
Sandy Creek (10-0-1) held Chubb out of the end zone for the first time this season, and limited him to just 71 yards on 19 carries. In fact, the Patriots led 21-0 before Chubb even had his first carry of the game, thanks to Javon Jackson’s 82-yard return of the opening kickoff for a touchdown, a 30-yard touchdown run by Delvin Weems on the first play from scrimmage after Cedartown fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and a two-play 81-yard touchdown drive – after holding Cedartown to a three-and-out – that featured a 57-yard pass from quarterback Cole Garvin to receiver Damarre Kitt and a 24-yard touchdown run by Eric Swinney.
Chubb didn’t play in the fourth quarter, which was not unusual for him this season. However, this time his team was on the losing end of things.
Still, Sandy Creek head coach Chip Walker said the game was not all about stopping Nick Chubb, and his players conquered.
“We went in wanting to stop what they do well, and that happens to be running the ball,” Walker said. “They came out and threw a little more than they usually do and they did some good things against us at times, but over all I was pleased with how we played.”
Senior defensive tackle Chris Williams said he knew his unit, which he led along with linebackers Javonte Lain and Khari Lain, and cornerback Brian Miller, would be up to the challenge.
“I knew he was a really good back after playing with him last year in the Rising Senior game,” said Williams, who has committed to Ole Miss. “But I knew if we all played fundamental defense, read our keys and flew to the ball, we would be alright.”
“Any time we play a team with a main guy, we try to stop him because that can break their spirit,” said Khari Lain, who has committed to Arkansas State. “But I think their fullback [Tyrone Schofield] hurt us more than [Chubb] did a couple of times. We just had to focus on stoping their running game as a team.”
On the offensive side of the ball, Weems said he and Swinney, who both rushed for over 100 yards in the contest, were not concerned about out-shining Chubb.
“We follow our offensive linemen, let them do their job like they always do, and then we do our job,” Weems said. “This wasn’t about out-doing anybody. We just wanted to come in and do what we do.”
Sandy Creek will now face the winner of Grady-Chestatee.
Cedartown 0 10. 0 0. 10
Sandy Creek 28 14 21 0 63
SC– Javon Jackson 82 kickoff return (Lorenzo Broadwater kick)
SC – Delvin Weems 30 run (Broadwater kick)
SC – Eric Swinney 24 run (Broadwater kick)
SC – Swinney 15 pass from Cole Garvin (Broadwater kick)
C – Ivan Escutia 23 fg
SC – Weems 2 run (Broadwater kick)
SC – Swinney 61 pass from Garvin (Broadwater kick)
C – Austin Pope 7 pass from Harrison Barnett (Juan Bautista kick)
SC – Swinney 11 run (Broadwater kick)
SC – Weems 70 run (Broadwater kick)
SC – Maceo Brown 66 run (Broadwater kick)