High School Football
Unbeaten Seminoles too much for Vikings
by Doug Gorman
FAIRBURN - The Creekside Seminoles unleashed plenty of weapons Friday night, scoring touchdowns on both offense and defense en route to a 41-13 Homecoming victory against Northgate in a Region 4B-AAAAA game.
'I am proud of our kids,' Northgate head coach Tommy Walburn said. 'They kept battling. We scored a touchdown late, but we have to build on this. They are just a little better than we are right now, that is the bottom line.'
The Seminoles continued to roll through the 2013 schedule after dedictating the season to their fallen teammate, junior safety De'Antre Turman, who died from an injury suffered during the team's preseason scrimmage.
Following the game, Walburn, who went through a similar situation while coaching at Troup, asked for permission to speak with Creekside players to commend them for their determination this season.
'There's not a week that goes by that I don't think about it. You can go one of two ways,' Walburn said. 'You can build on it or it can affect you for the rest of the year. They've done a great job and I just told them that I'm really proud of them.'
Northgate fell to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in subregion action following its second loss in a row.
Creekside quarterback Felix Harper helped the Seminoles (7-0) stay unbeaten with a stellar performance that included 189 passing yards and four touchdowns.
It didn't take Harper's arm long to get warmed up. The Seminoles' quarterback led Creekside to touchdown drives of 60 and 74 yards on two of the team's first three drives on its way to a 28-7 halftime lead.
Harper wasn't the only offensive weapon to exploit the Vikings' young defense.
Dexter Knox proved he could find the end zone, catching two of Harper's passes for scores and also breaking free in the backfield to account for Creekside's last touchdown with a 61-yard score.
The Seminoles' wide receiver and running back finished the game with 110 all-purpose yards.
Harper marched the Seminoles into the end zone on the opening series of the game when he hit Knox on a three-yard pass.
Creekside set the tone for the game with the early score, marching 60 yards in a little more than two minutes.
Northgate's first drive ended in just three plays as Creekside came up with the first of its two turnovers deep in Northgate territory on an interception.
Creekside was unable to convert, however, when three straight penalties pushed them back and eventually forced them to punt.
On the next drive, the Seminoles took care of business when Harper connected with Jason Stanley on a 76-yard pass.
Harper hit the wide open wide receiver around midfield and Stanley did the rest en route to the end zone.
Midway through the second quarter, Harper gave the Seminoles a 21-0 lead when Knox caught a six-yard pass for his second touchdown of the night.
On the next series, Northgate put together its best drive of the night. T.J. Womack took the handoff from quarterback Tyler Rowland and rushed up the middle for a 67-yard gain.
Womack's long run helped him tally 98 yards on 13 carries to lead Northgate's rushing attack.
Benton Washington then capped the drive three plays later when he scored from the 3 yard line with 1:15 left to cut the lead to 21-7.
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The Seminoles went right back to work, taking advantage of a good kickoff return at their own 41-yard line and scoring right before the end of the first half.
Harper opened the series with a 50-yard pass to Knox and, on the next play, Stanley caught the eight-yard pass with the just 42 seconds left.
Walburn admits Creekside's quick score before break took some of the steam out of the Vikings.
'That was really the only thing I was disappointed in,' Walburn said. 'They got the ball and marched right down there like we didn't have a defense. That really changed the game.'
Creekside added its final scores of the contest in the third quarter. Eric Berry added a touchdown from the defensive side of the line of scrimmage when he intercepted a pass and returned it 23 yards, and Knox put the exclamation point on the Seminoles' scoring when he found the end zone on his only carry of the night.
Northgate added one more score late in the fourth quarter, when Rowland connected with Isreal Bolton on a 23-yard touchdown pass.
The Vikings are off next week and then play Starr's Mill at home and McIntosh on the road. Northgate will end the regular season with a playin game.
'We know we have some winnable games,' he said. 'We needs some wins if we hope to make the playoffs.'
SEMINOLE S 41, VIKING S 14
Northgate 0 7 0 7- 14 Creekside 14 14 13 0- 41 FIRST QUARTER CS-Render 3 pass to Dexter Knox (kick good) CS-Render 76 pass to Jayson Stanley (kick good), 1:55 SECOND QUARTER CS-Render 6 pass to Knox (kick good) 5:50 NG-Benton Washington 3 run (James Skalski kick), 1:15 CS-Reder 8 pass to Stanley (kick good), .28 Third Quarter CS Evan Berry 23 yard interception return (kick good), 8:36 CS Knox 61 yard run (kick failed), 1:28 Fourth Quarter NG-Tyler Rowland 23 pass to Isreal Bolton (Skalski kick), :45