Last Friday at the Georgia Dome, the Seminoles rolled past Tucker in the second half to capture their first title in school history with a 52-28 victory in the Class AAAAA championship game.
Dexter Knox ran for 164 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries and Bricen Terry added 140 rushing yards for Creekside, which had to deal with the death of defensive back De’Antre Turman who broke his neck while making a tackle during a scrimmage.
“It was a blessing to even be in this predicament,” Knox said. “Through the death of our teammate we all came together and it made us even closer. Everybody fought for one cause and we got it done.”
“From this point anything less than this is sort of unacceptable,” Creekside coach Olten Downs said. “We are just setting the standard for Creekside football. We want to be a power in Georgia.”
After being tied 14-14 with the Tigers (14-1) at halftime, the Seminoles (15-0) immediately began to assert themselves as the better team in the final two quarters. First, Cameron Jackson returned the kickoff 99 yards for a seven-point edge. Then, Knox converted a fumble by Tucker’s Elijah Sullivan into a 16-yard TD run for a 28-14 advantage.
The Tigers would respond on their next possession when Yaquis Shelley sprinted to the end zone for a 21-yard score. But Francisco Alejandre would help rebuild the lead with a 33-yard field goal and Knox would stretch it out with a 22-yard touchdown run, thanks to a 48-yard sprint by Terry during that four-play drive.
“I owe all the work to Bricen Terry,” Knox said. “He is a workhorse. Without him none of this would have been possible. There were times I was getting banged up and he would come right in and keep taking it down the field. He’s a great back.”
In the fourth quarter, Felix Harper would hook up with Jayson Stanley for a 77-yard TD completion and Knox would cap the scoring with a 7-yard run to paydirt.
“Dexter’s been an unbelievable player all year long,” Downs said. “A great young man who just plays with a chip on his shoulder and I'm going to miss him.”
Amazingly, the Seminoles defeated all of their playoff opponents by double digits.