The Greenbrier Wolfpack jumped out to a huge first-half lead and made it stand up, beating Cross Creek, 23-6 Friday night.
The Razorbacks (0-1) pressed the Wolfpack early in the fourth quarter, but the Wolfpack defense was just too tough to ultimately overcome.The win was the first for Wolfpack first-year head coach Kevin Hunt, whose previous head coaching stint was at Cross Creek.
“Our defense kept us in the ballgame and made big stops,” said Hunt. “It’s a great opportunity anytime you can win your first game, no matter who the opponent is and get the program going.”
The Wolfpack dominated in the first half, outgaining the Razorbacks by a 150-49 margin. They held the Razorbacks to just one first down, that on the Razorback’s first possession of the game.
The Razorbacks didn’t help themselves much, committing six penalties for 44 yards in the first half and 10 for 74 yards for the contest.
“Early on, penalties kept killing our momentum,” said Razorbacks head coach Travis Nixon. “It’s hard to come back from that.”
The Wolfpack jumped on top with its passing game. Adam Sasser hit transfer Luke Otstot with a four-yard pass and the score was 6-0 with 1:53 to play in the first quarter.
The Wolfpack scored touchdowns on its next two possessions using the running game and they had the running game in gear all night. Jeremy Harden led all rushers with 111 yards on 18 carries and Trevor Burns had 49 yards on nine carries and scored twice. Matt Chiera banged home a 27-yard field goal just before the half and the lead was 23.Otstot had an interception at the end of the half, and the defense generally made things miserable for Razorbacks’ quarterback Devon Diamond, keeping him on the run every time he went back to pass.
The Razorbacks got some momentum going with a 20-yard strike from Diamond to Tony Bullock, cutting the lead to 23-6 with 11:07 to play in the fourth quarter. They forced Greenbrier to punt on the ensuing possession, but Diamond was sacked by Clint Hardy, fumbled and Greenbrier recovered with 5:19 to go.
The Wolfpack ran eight straight times, with Harden getting six of the carries, to run out the clock.