Cross Creek downs Greenbrier

Cross Creek gets head coach Roberty McCarty first win

 

Using an opportunistic defense, the Cross Creek Razorbacks tripped up the visiting Greenbrier Wolfpack, 25-14, in the season opener for both teams Friday night.

The win was one that first-year head coach Robert McCarty will savor.

“It feels great,” McCarty said. “I told them yesterday I planned on never having a losing record and this was a critical one.”

The Razorbacks took the ball away four times from the Wolfpack, including a game-changer at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

The Wolfpack were driving in Razorback territory when Mark Slade came up with a loose ball.

The Razorbacks turned that into a eight-play, 82-yard drive that took 4:38 off the clock and increased their tenuous 12-7 lead to an 18-7 advantage.

“You can’t do that,” Greenbrier head coach Kevin Hunt about his team putting the ball on the ground. “That was a pendulum swing right there.”

The Razorbacks did their best work offensively on fourth down.

After Greenbrier struck first following the opening kickoff, the Razorbacks came right back and got within 7-6 when quarterback Tyler Darnall hit Maurice Berry
in stride down the left sideline
for a 33-yard score on fourth-and-12.

With 8:09 to play in the third quarter, Cross Creek’s Deon Kleckly took the handoff on fourth-and inches from the Greenbrier 22. He went up the middle, ran over defenders and scored a touchdown that gave the Razorbacks their first lead of the game at 12-7.

Kleckley led all rushers with 125 yards on 16 carries as the Razorbacks’ balanced attack netted 207 rushing yards. Vincent Norris had 10 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown.

In the Razorbacks’ two-quarterback system, Yusuf Jenkins came in and guided the team from the pistol as they did not attempt a pass in the second half.

Malcolm Thomas was Green­brier’s leading rusher with 111 yards on 14 carries.

CROSS CREEK 25, GREENBRIER 14

PLAY OF THE GAME: On fourth-and-inches from the Greenbrier 22, Cross Creek’s Deon Kleckly took the handoff, went up the middle, ran over defenders and scored with 8:09 to play in the third quarter. The touchdown gave the Razorbacks their first lead of the game.

STAR OF THE GAME: Kleckly rushed for 125 yards on 16 carries.

WHY CROSS CREEK WON: The Razorbacks went 81 yards for a score after a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter, pushing their lead to 18-7.

WHY GREENBRIER LOST: The Wolfpack lost four fumbles.

NEXT: Greenbrier at North Augusta, Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Cross Creek at Westside, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

CROSS CREEK 25, GREENBRIER 14

Greenbrier 7 0 0 7 – 14

Cross Creek 0 6 6 13 – 25

First Quarter

G–Josh Smith 2 pass from Allen Walls (Logan Tihey kick), 4:04

Second Quarter

CC–Maurice Berry 33 pass from Tyler Darnall (kick fail), 11:41

Third Quarter

CC–Deon Kleckly 22 run (pass fail), 8:09

Fourth Quarter

CC–Yusuf Jenkins 20 run (kick fail), 4:38

CC–Vincent Norris 2 run (Quincy Evans kick), 1:12

G–Chris Knox 40 kickoff return (Tihey kick), 1:06

 GCC
First Downs1314
Rushes-Yards34-16740-207
Passing Yards6888
Comp.-Att.-Int.7-13-03-6-1
Fumbles-Lost5-42-1
Punts-Yards1-322-71
Penalties-Yards10-6711-92

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING– Greenbrier: Travis Martinez 4-1, Jamal Richard 12-49, Malcolm Thomas 14-111, Josh Pierre 2-11, Allen Walls 2-(-)5; Cross Creek: Tyler Darnall 2-(-)7, Deon Kleckly 16-125, Rod Edwards 3-12, Vincent Norris 10-51, Yusuf Jenkins 9-26.

PASSING–Greenbrier: Allen Walls 7-13-0 68. Cross Creek: Darnall 3-6-1 88.

RECEIVING–Greenbrier: Warren Combs 3-41, Josh Smith 2-12, Martinez 1-8, Thomas 1-7. Cross Creek: Maurice Berry 2-68, Darris Tucker 1-20.

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