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Creek Valley dominates Potter-Dix 81-20

 

October 25, 2017

Forrest Hershberger

Creek Valley senior No. 38 Leef Pierce, 2017 homecoming king, also played both sides of the ball against Potter-Dix Friday. Left, Pierce stretched for a score in the second half and (right)

CHAPPELL - Every football team wants to believe they will win no less than one game: the homecoming contest. Likewise, in the spirit of competition, the visiting team arrives with the intent of upsetting the homecoming celebration.

However, that was not the case Friday. The visitors left without the W, and the Storm lived up to its name. Potter-Dix did not see their first touchdown until halfway through the second quarter. By then, the Creek Valley had scored early and often. The scoreboard read 34-0 before Potter-Dix's Coyotes stepped into the end zone. At about 4:42 in the second period, the Coyotes ran in a touchdown from about the 30 yard-line. The point-after attempt failed and the score stopped at 34-6.

The Storm of Creek Valley returned to the scoreboard with 2:47 left in the half. Twenty seconds later, the Storm were again in scoring position, increasing to 48-6 with a rushing touchdown. Sixteen seconds later, the Coyotes earned their second touchdown. With a point-after, the score was 48-14. As the time ran out on the first half, the Storm again earned a reception TD for a 55-14 half.

With 8:30 in the third quarter, the Storm again blew into the end zone for a 63-14 score. At 5:44 in the third, Creek Valley's special teams scored on a punt. The point-after pass attempt was broken up for a 69-14 game.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Storm scored again from short distance with no point-after for a 75-14 game. At 6:24, the Coyotes scored their third touchdown for a 75-20 game.

With 2:20 left in the game, the Storm put up the final nail in the Coyote coffin, 81-20.

The game was a celebration for the team and the community. Late in 2016 as the school was planning its 8-man season, the decision was made to forfeit the 2017 season because of the number of players. The school turned to an "outlaw" six-man season. Statistically, the team had few wins. However, success is not always measured in numbers and the community celebrated a winning season.

"I've never had a group of boys who worked this hard all season," said coach Joe Kupper. "They're a tremendous group of boys."

The team did a lot of team building exercises building up to the football season, efforts that paid off in their approach to each game. The 2018 season could hold some promise, according to Kupper, with the team losing only two seniors and most of the 2017 squad underclassmen; no juniors on the squad this year.

 

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