Creekview's bid for win squelched by Kell's defensive force
by Chase Wallace
Cherokee Tribune Sports Writer
September 23, 2012 01:08 AM | 2428 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kell at Creekview

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CANTON — Brendan Langley intercepted three passes — including one to seal the game — and scored touchdowns on offense and defense to lead Kell to a 33-29 comeback victory over Creekview at the Grizzly Den.

“We knew Creekview was very physical on both sides of the ball, and we were fortunate enough to get some big plays out of Brendan,” Kell coach Derek Cook said. “The old saying is big-time players make big-time plays, and he showed that (Friday).”

Trailing 29-26 with just over 6 minutes to play, Kell faced fourth-and-12 from the Creekview 43-yard line. After calling timeout, Cook opted to roll the dice and let Langley make a play.

Kell quarterback Matthew McGuigan dropped back and lobbed a jump ball down the sideline. The South Carolina commitment leaped into the air and wrestled the ball away from the Creekview defensive back at the 3-yard line.

One play later, Khalil Bell ran in the game-winning touchdown with 5:31 to play.

“It was (Brendan’s) recommendation,” Cook said. “He said, ‘Throw me the ball, coach, and I’ll go get it.’ He’s one word — ‘legit.’”

Langley finished his highlight-filled night with seven catches for 104 yards, three interceptions, 97 return yards, two touchdowns and a blocked extra point.

Trailing the Region 7AAAAA crossover game 33-29, Creekview (2-1) strung together one final drive in a bid to win the game. Quarterback Hayden Hall hit Hunter Udall for a 17-yard gain to start the drive, found Will Kirby for 8 yards to cross midfield and hooked up with Chandler Wold for 12 yards to push the ball inside Kell’s 30.

But facing fourth down with less than 40 seconds to play, Hall’s final desperation heave fell into the waiting hands of Langley at the 2-yard line — the cornerback’s third and final interception of the game.

“He’s a big-time player. You don’t see them like him often,” Creekview coach Al Morrell said of Langley. “He came up big on both sides of the ball, and we knew coming into the game we had to stop his big plays.

“But I was proud of our kids. We played great defense for four quarters, moved the ball for four quarters and battled back twice.”

Creekview fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter behind two Kell defensive scores. Donnell Greene scooped a Hall fumble on the 5-yard line for the first touchdown, and Langley jumped for a slant pass and returned it 62 yards to the end zone for the second.

The Grizzles, however, rallied with 1-yard touchdown runs from Hall and Isaiah Rodgers to tie the game at 14-all.

Langley gave Kell (3-1) a 20-14 lead on a 37-yard touchdown pass from McGuigan just before half.

Taylor Henkle scored a 75-yard touchdown on a screen pass to give the Longhorns a 26-14 lead coming out of the locker room, but Creekview scored three straight times — on 2-yard runs from Will Kirby and Chandler Wold, and a 44-yard Connor Fraser field goal — to take a 29-26 fourth-quarter lead.

Hall completed 10 of17 passes for 181 yards, while Wold had a team-high 60 rushing yards for Creekview.
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