That would change quickly as the Grizzlies scored 27 unanswered points in the second quarter, on their way to a 54-13 victory over the Cardinals.
“I think that we’re getting better every week,” Creekview coach Terry Crowder said. “I’m just excited about this football team.”
After a scoreless opening quarter, the Grizzlies struck for 21 points in less than 5 minutes of the second quarter.
Creekview’s scoring outburst was aided by the play of sophomore quarterback Kyle Wilkie, who was 16-of-25 for 195 yards and three touchdowns during a first half. He finished with 257 yards passing.
After an 18-yard touchdown pass from Wilkie to Isaiah Rodgers to open the scoring, the Grizzlies’ Connor Dulmage intercepted Osborne’s Craig Robinson and returned the ball to the Cardinals’ 29-yard line.
Rodgers capped the short drive with a 5-yard touchdown that pushed the Creekview lead to 13 points.
Osborne’s scoring was headed by Robinson’s 79-yard touchdown carry with 2:50 left in the second quarter, which cut the Creekview lead to 27-6.
The Cardinals had success running the ball throughout the game, especially Robinson, who finished with 152 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Jamari Miles had their other score on a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter.
The Cardinals briefly cut the Creekview lead to 27-13 after the Miles touchdown, but the Grizzlies answered when Ewers returned the following kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, pushing their lead to 34-13.
The Cardinals did not enjoy as much success through the air as they did rushing the ball, combining to finish 6-of-20 for 18 yards and three interceptions.
“We probably should have started coming out running the ball,” Osborne coach Xarvia Smith said. “We did run the ball very well in the second half. We just got to keep working at it, keep getting better and hopefully get a couple of kids healthy and get ready and try to compete against Pope next week.”