Creekside rolls past Riverdale in regular season finale

By Phil Albert

Special to the Daily

With a few minutes remaining in Friday night's Riverdale and Creekside football game at Southern Crescent Stadium, the Riverdale Marching Band played Steam's "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Em Goodbye."

One would think it was celebratory, but not on this Friday night.

Riverdale avoided a shutout with only 45 seconds remaining in the game, as visiting Creekside ran through the Raiders, 33-7, in the final regular-season game for both teams.

Creekside improved to 6-4 with the Region 4-AAAAA victory, while Riverdale finishes 2-8.

Riverdale could not stop Creekside's strong rushing attack. Creekside did not even attempt a pass until just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter. By that time, the Seminoles had built a 27-0 lead.

Senior running back Zack Amey led the Seminoles with 187 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns and senior Ceaires Driskell added another 82 yards on eight carries and one touchdown.

On the night, the Seminoles finished with 333 total yards, 281 coming on the ground.

Riverdale would finish with 237 yards of offense, a big chunk coming on the team's final scoring drive late in the game.

With the Seminoles leading 33-0 late in the game, the Raiders finally engineered an 84-yard scoring drive on seven plays with reserve quarterback Kevante James hitting Sateri Mercer-Powell with a 23-yard touchdown pass in the left corner of the end zone with 45 seconds remaining. Jano Taylor-Cline added the extra point.

Marquis Mitchell rushed four times for 49 yards on the scoring drive.

Amey would score on touchdown runs of 89 and 7 yards in the first half as the Seminoles built a 21-0 halftime lead.

The team's other first-half score came via the defense.

Riverdale opened the game by receiving the kickoff, but on the first play from scrimmage, it was Creekside scoring on a 21-yard fumble return. Joshua Holsey added three first-half extra points as the Seminoles built their lead.

The Raider defense did present scoring opportunities for the offense.

Josh Powell recovered a Creekside fumble at the Seminole 15 late in the first quarter, but on fourth down, Taylor-Cline missed on a 34-yard field goal attempt.

Riverdale again forced a fumble in Creekside territory early in the second quarter, but the offense was stopped on three downs. On Creekside's next possession, Amey received a pitch-out on his left against a drawn-in Riverdale defense, and he sprinted 89 yards for the second Seminole score.

One play later, Creekside again had the ball at the Raider 21 following a Raider fumble, but Amey was stopped on fourth down at the Raider 1. The Seminoles stopped Riverdale, forcing a punt of only 7 yards. Damian Williams returned the punt to the Raider 13 and two plays later, Amey raced 7 yards for the score.

Another Raider fumble recovery early in the third quarter gave the hosts great field position at the Seminole 34 and a pass interference penalty moved the ball to the 20. But three plays later, Warren Green intercepted a Dequavious Martin pass to stop the drive.

Creekside only ran four plays, covering 68 yards, as Driskell scored on a 9-yard run to up the lead to 27-0. Driskell had a 47-yard run to the Raider 4 to set up the score.

Creekside quarterback Paul Morgan threw a 25-yard pass to Davion Tookes deep into Raider territory early in the fourth quarter, and Morgan capped the drive with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Javon Edward. The extra point was blocked, giving the visitors a 33-0 lead.