Sandy Creek 63, Cedartown 10

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)

18 comments Add your comment

Creek Rising!!!

November 16th, 2013
12:28 am

Overmatched.

Eagle 1

November 16th, 2013
1:11 am

Chris Williams is a Beast!!!! Ole Miss has a very talented defensive lineman!! Congrats Sandy Creek!! NEXT??

HSFB Follower

November 16th, 2013
3:03 am

Sandy Creek rounding into form…. Pats most solid football team in Georgia, their balance is why.

HSFB Follower

November 16th, 2013
3:04 am

@Eagle1 and to think he’ll be joined by Pittman (Colquitt County) on the DL at Ole Miss.

Creek Rising!!!

November 16th, 2013
6:11 am

Creek plays Chestatee next week. Defense including Chris have been banged up since the Plant game. They have only been playing healthy for 4 weeks now

Patriot Power

November 16th, 2013
6:45 am

Congrats to Cedartown and Nick Chubb on their good season. You guys had a good crowd drive a long way in the cold rain to support you. Hopefully the Big Red, White, and Blue machine is peaking at just the right time.

BEARMAN

November 16th, 2013
8:21 am

Congrats Sandy Creek on your big win last night…a possible #1 vs #2 on Nov.29th!

FirstDownCreek!

November 16th, 2013
8:47 am

Chubb clearly is going to get on the field at Georgia. The game versus Ceek was an example of a “1-man” team without the surrouding talent to compete against an 11-man D-squad with talent comparable to Chubb.

Region 5-AAAA showed up last night with SC, Carrollton AND Alexander all movig on. Ironically enough, all 3 Region 5AAAA teams play against Region 8AAAA teams next week, i.e. Chestatee, Monroe Area and Lanier. This should lead to some good chatter this week about which of these region plays “BIG BOY FOOTBALL”!

COngrats to Griffin. They showed up like a #2 should vs Rutland. Statesboro will be a good test.

Johnny Ringo

November 16th, 2013
8:57 am

To the Cedartown fans… Thanks for the support you showed your team at the Battlefield… It was not a great weather night but you guys hung in.. For the Bulldogs, great season , be proud of what you guys accomplished this season.. For my Creek fans and team , we are coming together at the right time… Go Creek

dawgs01

November 16th, 2013
9:07 am

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dawgs01

November 16th, 2013
9:09 am

Chris Williams is a great d linemen and I think he has the athletic ability to be moved to inside backer. a very talented big man just depends on if he wants to gain wt or take a little off. what a great athlete.

Eagle 1

November 16th, 2013
9:29 am

@dawgs 01 I actually think Chris Williams should play inside linebacker because of his athletic ability. He sure has the motor and physicality.

Patriot Dad

November 16th, 2013
10:19 am

@Eagle 1 – Chris has the athletic ability to play linebacker but he won’t in college. He is 270-280 lbs which is a little heavy for linebacker. Ole Miss will do what Miami did for warren Sapp. When you get a big physical, athletic & fast D-lineman, he causes problems for opposing offenses. Warren Sapp was Chris’ size his freshman year at Miami got him bigger & stronger. When you get that coupled with his speed & athleticism, you have one special player. Chris will be one of the best D-lineman in the country before he leaves Ole Miss.

S. Thomas Coleman

November 16th, 2013
11:01 am

Patriot Dad:

I agree. I have the distinction of being Chris’ first football coach, when he was 5. He was mad at me because he wanted to play QB but we needed him to play center so we could run a play! The thing is, he actually could have played QB. Great kid. Great mom (Good job, Lisa!). And he still calls me “Coach.”

And I probably shouldn’t say this, but it’s true: UGA told him he was too short/small for them to offer him. That’s life in the 3-4 defense, I guess.

STC

Eagle 1

November 16th, 2013
11:31 am

@Patriot Dad u are absolutely rite. I forgot about the undersize The HOFer Sapp he should do just fine. GO Pats!! @STC good job Coach on the early development of YC(YoungChris)!

Eagle 1

November 16th, 2013
11:39 am

UGA lose is Ole Miss gain.Im willing to bet he would have loved to be in Black & Red on Sat Between the Hedges. I guess I will follow more of Ole Miss with all of the talent they’ve gotten out of Ga the Past couple of years.

FirstDoowwnnCreeekkk!!!

November 16th, 2013
5:34 pm

Patriot supporters, don’t forget former SC RB/DB, Mike Hilton (Class of 2011), is at Ole Miss starting at DB. And Ole Miss has the inside track right now to SC RB, Eric Swinney (#24). Somebody over there in Mississippi has figured out that SC has some players who can play in the SEC!

Sportsnut

November 16th, 2013
6:41 pm

Congrats Creek. Roll on !