Thursday, October 30, 2014

Whitewater pushes red-hot Creekside team to the brink, falls 27-23


By Jimmie Haywood

Jay Ashley gave Creekside fits, rushing for two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to upset the undefeated Creekside Seminole

It has been a tough couple of weeks for the Whitewater football team. Coming off a loss to a then undefeated McIntosh team, the Wildcats suffered a loss to yet another undefeated team after Creekside stole the game with a late fourth quarter touchdown to win 27-23 on Friday night.
Despite the loss, Whitewater showed tremendous resilience after falling behind 14-3 at halftime, before storming back to go ahead 23-14 entering the fourth quarter. However the Wildcats were unable to stop Creekside from scoring their second touchdown of the fourth to go up 27-23 with three minutes remaining in the game. Whitewater had a chance to retake the lead, but Jay Ashley had a pass intercepted on third down.
“We just couldn’t get it,” said Whitewater coach Amos McCreary about his team's unsuccessful final drive. "They stopped us and we had a bobbled snap."
Before Ashley threw the decisive interception he was carrying the Wildcats offense with a team-high two rushing touchdowns . Colton Clemons also showed up offensively for Whitewater by scoring a touchdown that kept the momentum with the Wildcats during their surge.
“Colton Clemons played lights out and Jay Ashley had some big plays.” said McCreary. “The offensive line did a good job. Those guys were quick on defense and we scored more than I thought we might against them. We gave ourselves a chance to win.”
Another big reason for the Wildcats second half comeback was the defense which forced two turnovers courtesy of interceptions by safety Amon Crumpton and middle linebacker Russell Welch.
After back-to-back losses to region opponents, Whitewater now sits at 5-3 entering the bye week with one game left at home against Starr’s Mill, but coach McCreary remains optimistic about his teams chances going forward.
“These two are two really hard losses because sometimes you think you should win and you don’t,” said McCreary. “But the best thing to do (right now is beat Starr’s Mill is about two weeks.) They have seen that we can play at a really high level and if we can play at that level then we are going to be in the hunt.”  


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