Creek remains undefeated, clobbers Osborne 42-7

Mon, 09/22/2008 - 11:54am
By: Kevin Wandra

Fourth-ranked Sandy Creek’s offense arguably features the largest collection of skill position talent in the area.

The leader of Creek’s offense is quarterback Rio Johnson, who played a significant role in his team’s record-setting passing performance and 42-7 victory Friday over the host Osborne Cardinals.

The Johnson-led Creek offense finished with 285 yards passing, a new school single-game record, and 451 total yards. The previous school record for passing yards in a single game was 278, set in 1994.

Johnson was efficient and productive, completing 11 of 16 passes for 271 yards — seven yards short of the single-game school passing record set by William Swint in 1994 — and two touchdowns.

Both of Johnson’s touchdown passes were thrown to his favorite target, wide receiver Jarrett Davis, who caught five passes for 162 yards (a 32.4-yards-per-catch average).

Creek (4-0) scored at least one touchdown in all four quarters. Once again, though, Creek coach Chip Walker felt his offense could have been more productive.

“Rio threw the ball well, and our offense played pretty well,” Creek coach Chip Walker said. “It was a game in which we could have scored more points, though. We have to keep improving.”

Creek’s first two touchdowns, both in the first quarter, came on an 18-yard run by Austin Bennett and a 1-yard run by Mike Spaulding.

Johnson threw his first touchdown pass in the second quarter, a 50-yarder to Davis that made it 21-0.

Creek tacked on 14 more points in the third quarter: Lucky Charleston scored on a 1-yard run, and Johnson hit Davis with a 55-yard touchdown pass.

A 10-yard touchdown run by Derrick Alexander in the fourth quarter completed the scoring for Creek.

Osborne’s lone touchdown came on a 70-yard run in the third quarter. It was one of the few blemishes for a Creek defense that limited Osborne to 197 total yards.

The Cardinals had only 9 yards of total offense at halftime.

Creek’s defense was led by middle linebacker Matt Solomon, who finished with a team-high seven total tackles, including four for loss, and two sacks, safety Russell Bonner, who had five total tackles, including one for loss, and defensive tackle James Hervey, who had three total tackles, including two for loss, and two sacks.

Linebacker Darrell Freeman recovered a fumble for Creek.

“Our defense played really well,” Walker said. “It was one of their better games.”

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