Creekview will host Northview tonight in a game that will deal one side a Region 7AAAA (A) loss. Both teams enter the game at 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the subregion after winning last week.
The only other unbeaten team in the subregion is Forsyth Central (1-4, 1-0), which defeated North Springs a week ago for its first win of the season.
Crowder sees Sequoyah, Northview and his Grizzlies as the top teams on their side of the region. Already claiming the head-to-head over the Chiefs, Crowder feels a win tonight would put his team in line to play for the region title.
Creekview will face Cambridge, Forsyth Central and North Springs over the final three weeks of the season. Those teams have combined to win just three games this season, so his belief is well-founded.
Crowder, however, isn’t looking past Northview. He believes the Titans have all the skills they need to win.
The first-year Creekview coach knows plenty about the north Fulton school, having won four of six meetings with Northview when he was at neighboring Chattahoochee.
Both of Northview’s losses were by four points, the first in a season-opening loss to South Forsyth, and the second against Pope.
The biggest thing the Grizzlies need to do, according to Crowder, should have been accomplished this week in practice. After the win over Sequoyah, the Creekview players needed to get their feet back on the ground.
“We have to get our heads out of the clouds and get back to reality,” Crowder said. “We have to remember that we have another football game to play this week. We have to go back to work and continue our same theme of getting better each week.”
So far, that hasn’t been a problem. In fact, Crowder feels his first season at Creekview has been a success.
“The kids have bought in to what we are doing,” he said. “We continue to just have really good practices every week. If we win (tonight), we are going to be in the driver’s seat to be the No. 1 seed on our side of the subregion, and that is about all we can ask for at this point.”
Crowder is particularly pleased with sophomore quarterback Kyle Wilkie, who he said would get top marks.
“I would give him an ‘A,’” Crowder said. “For a sophomore to come in and be faced with the change that he has faced, and for our record to be 3-2 right now — when we got beat by a very good Cherokee team and a very good Kell team — Kyle has played extremely well. He has thrown for 1,200 yards and has thrown twice as many touchdowns as interceptions — 10-to-five. I am really happy with him.”
Crowder said Wilkie has built a reputation at Creekview for being an athlete — he also plays for the Grizzlies’ baseball team — and he’s lived up to it. For that reason, the players have rallied around their quarterback.
Tonight, Crowder expects them to do it once more.
Other players, such as first-year starters Logan Ridings (middle linebacker) and Austin Murphy (linebacker) have also stepped up.
“Our seniors have stuck with this and never lost faith,” Crowder said. “They continue to play well, so it’s good to see these guys finding success.”