PLAY OF THE GAME: After being shutout for the first 42-minutes of regulation, Cross Creek scored the go-ahead touchdown when quarterback Tyler Darnall connected with Darris Tucker on a 60-yard reception with 5:14 remaining in the game.
STAR OF THE GAME: Tucker. With his team struggling to move the ball through the air, Tucker broke loose from the Rebels’ secondary to secure the 7-6 victory. Prior to Tucker’s 60-yard reception, Cross Creek had only 27 passing yards.
WHY CROSS CREEK WON: Its defense forced a pair of turnovers, including an interception by Randel Waltower with 4:52 remaining in the fourth quarter.
WHY HEPHZIBAH LOST: It held a 6-0 advantage – and was threatening to score again – when star tailback Wallace Curtis was forced to leave with a leg injury with 3:28 remaining in the third quarter. Without Curtis, the Rebels managed one first down over the final 8:12 of regulation.
QUOTABLE: “It wasn’t always pretty, but I’m so proud of the way our players fought to get this victory,” Cross Creek head coach Robert McCarty said. “Earlier in the season, we were breaking down in the second half of games, but tonight we did a great job of staying focused and finishing.”
NEXT: Richmond Academy at Hephzibah (2-5), 7:30 p.m. Friday; Butler at Cross Creek (2-4) 7:30 p.m. Friday.