By Phil Albert
Special to The Daily
Lovejoy's football team will long know the name of Zack Amey.
The Creekside High runningback/defensive back scored two touchdowns and set up a third, all in the second half, as the Seminoles scored 28 straight points in dominating the host Wildcats, 35-13, Friday night at Twelve Oaks Stadium in a Region 4-AAAAA showdown.
While parents of the Lovejoy football team, band and cheerleaders were honored during special Parents Night activities, it was the visiting Seminoles that did all the celebrating.
Lovejoy (2-5, 2-4) committed five turnovers and had at least six poor snaps from center that resulted in turnovers and heavy loss of yardage that stymied the Wildcat offensive attack.
"We can't let a good team like Creekside have so many opportunities," a deeply disappointed Lovejoy coach Al Hughes said. "We gave them field position for all their points. This one really hurts."
Both teams combined for five turnovers in a rain-filled first half that saw key turnovers lead to a 7-7 halftime score.
But it didn't take long for Creekside (4-3, 3-3), and Amey, to take charge in the third quarter.
With possession at its own 10, a bad snap resulted in a fumble in the end zone for Lovejoy. Rico McWilliams recovered but was tackled for a safety, giving Creekside the lead for good, 9-7, with 8:43 remaining.
Creekside took possession at its own 45 and quickly moved 55 yards for the touchdown. Two 21-yard plays were key before Amey finished the drive with a 2-yard score, giving the visitors a 15-7 lead with six minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Late in the quarter, Lovejoy quarterback Vic Hardison was intercepted by Amey, who returned the ball 45 yards untouched for a touchdown as the Seminoles broke the game open, 22-7, with 17 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Amey set up the next touchdown with a 46-yard run to the Wildcat 20. Brian Odom's 2-yard scoring run gave the visitors a 28-7 lead with 6:58 remaining in the game.
Two consecutive bad snaps resulted in minus-15 yards and a fumble recovery by Creekside for another score with 3:31 remaining.
Lovejoy finally capped the scoring with 59 seconds remaining in the game, capping a 58-yard drive. Reserve quarterback Courtney Ward hit David Smith for a 27-yard scoring pass.
Lovejoy only finished with 102 yards in total offense, with 58 coming on the last drive of the game. The Wildcats had five plays of minus-10 yards or more.
Hardison finished 6-of-14 with three interceptions and 45 yards through the air. He also led the ground attack with 33 yards.
Creekside scored first in the opening quarter after a fumble recovery at the Lovejoy 19-yard line.
Four plays later, Ceaires Driskell scored on a 1-yard run.
Lovejoy's Xavier Keller recovered a Creekside fumble at the Seminole 24-yard line and one-play later, Hardison hit Brandon Hope for 21 yards.
After recovering a fumble from a poor snap back at the 17, the Wildcats finally hit the end zone on a Hardison pass to Christian Catchings to tie the score early in the second quarter.
Late in the second quarter, Lovejoy drove to the Seminole 4 on a drive that started after a fumble recovery by Alohondro Carter. But Hardison threw his first interception with just eight seconds remaining to end the threat.