The Grizzlies opened spring practice a week earlier than most of the other teams in the county and therefore wrapped up a week sooner.
First-year coach Terry Crowder said the spring went well as the players had to work hard to prove themselves to a coach who had never before seen them play.
“We divided the team in half,” said Crowder, the former Chattahoochee coach hired in February to replace retiring coach Al Morrell. “We just have a bunch of kids. We don’t know who’s starting and who is who. In that respect, it has been really good for the kids. There are things that we are going to do that are unique to the Creekview program, and I haven’t had any resistance whatsoever.”
Crowder has been on campus for a couple of months and said he and the players have gotten to know each other a bit during that time.
“I can joke around with the kids and they understand me,” he said. “They understand when I’m serious and when I’m not serious. So, we’re pleased with how the kids are working and trying to learn.”
Crowder is just the second coach in Creekview history. Morrell coached the Grizzlies from the program’s inception with a junior varsity schedule in 2005.
The new coach said the players have adjusted well to his way of doing things. There are currently 105 players on the team, although that number will likely change before practice resumes in August.
“I was really pleased with the way the kids responded to the new system and the new coaches,” Crowder said. “It’s been a great spring. I am very hopeful for this upcoming season.”
Crowder said there have been a few surprises along the way, but so far, they have been pleasant. Most notably, he likes the speed he is seeing.
“Coming in, I thought there may be a lack of speed, but our kids can run,” Crowder said.
This suits what Creekview will try to do offensively, with a spread offense, and defensively, working out of a 3-3-5.
While there have been several days of rain recently, practice was forced into the gym on just one occasion.
Crowder said the biggest challenge at Creekview isn’t getting the players ready to play, it’s getting a foundation built for maintaining a successful future. The football team does not currently have a football booster club, and Crowder is working to establish one. One thing Creekview does already have is the Junior Grizzlies feeder program.
“Every day, there is something else to get done,” he said.