Then Creekside got its running game going.
Kylil Carter rushed for 255 yards and accounted for a total of four touchdowns, but South Cobb couldn’t stay ahead of Creekside in a 55-41 loss Friday night.
Bricen Terry rushed for 204 yards and four touchdowns, and Julian Gibbs added 174 of his 203 rushing yards in the second half to go along with two TDs, for the Seminoles, who overcame a 17-7 first-quarter deficit.
“They got a top back in the state, a top offensive line in the state,” said South Cobb’s Sherrod Rainge, who was coaching his first game in the head position, following tenures with previous Eagle coached Ed Koester and Michael Youngblood. “They are going to be a powerhouse with that running game and go a long way.”
The first points of the Eagles’ season were scored on a 38-yard field goal by Carlos Saldona in the first quarter. Creekside, however, responded on its first drive to briefly take a 7-3 lead, thanks to a 4-yard run by Tysean Carter.
But South Cobb jumped back in front on its next possession, when Carter faked a handoff and sprinted up the middle and then down the sideline for a 94-yard touchdown run and a 10-7 edge.
“Kylil is the MVP of our team,” Rainge said. “This is what I expect out of him. He puts everybody in the right position. He makes great decisions — when to run, when to throw, when to pull the ball and when to give the ball. He’s a big part our offense.”
After South Cobb forced Creekside into a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, the Seminoles’ Chizco Alejandre shanked the punt, allowing the Eagles’ Allen Wasonu to pick up the ball and race into the end zone for a 20-yard score with 44 seconds left in the first quarter.
But Terry soon scored on a 4-yard TD run, adding a 2-point conversion for a 17-15 margin midway through the second quarter.
Creekside held on to that momentum after the break, grabbing the lead for good in the third quarter, when Gibbs capped a four-play drive with a 49-yard sprint to the end zone. The Seminoles were successful on the 2-point conversion for a 23-17 advantage.
Gibbs added a short touchdown run and 2-point conversion to offset another field goal by Saldona, for a 31-20 score. Carter cut the Eagles’ deficit to four with a 44-yard scamper midway through the third quarter, but Terry added another short scoring run and conversion, for a 39-27 score entering the final quarter.
Knox ran for two more scores in the fourth, and Carter threw two touchdowns to finalize the high-scoring affair.
Jayson Stanley, a Georgia commitment, had 39 receiving yards before suffering an apparent left knee injury in the first quarter.