Creswell Keeps Unbeaten Streak Alive With Win Over Columbia

By: Cory Furlough
By: Cory Furlough

Courtesy Cory Furlough -

In the first half the Tigers would come out of the gate slow and put up only 14 points as they struggled to find a rhythm offensively. In the opening quarters the game would become a field position battle between the squads. During half time all of that would change though as a fire would be lit in the players by veteran coach Wayne Rodgers.

By the end of the 3rd quarter the Tigers would have opened up the offensive flood gates. The Tigers would roll off three straight rushing touchdowns in the 3rd quarter to run the score to 35-8.

The Tiger rushing attack would lead the way for the offense once again and be led this week by Justan Phelps. Phelps would break free for two large runs late in the game and rack up 94 yards and 1 touchdown on just two carries. Timelle Sawyer the Tigers leading rusher on the season would add 83 yards and 1 score of his own on just 8 carries.Sawyer has found his yards harder to come by this season as area defenses key off on the star player each week.

In all the Tiger running backs would rack up 204 yards on 29 carries and account for 5 of the 7 Tiger touchdowns. The Tiger passing attack would keep the Wildcat defense honest as quarterback Davonte Phelps would find receivers all night when the chains needed to be moved. Phelps would go 5-9 and rack up 139 yards passing and record 2 touchdowns. Phelps favorite target has quickly become the speedster Gary Blount who would score three times on the night for the third consecutive week. Two of Blount's touchdowns would come through the air on a 72 yard catch in the 1st quarter where Blount made numerous Columbia defenders miss, and an 18 yard reception to the corner of the end zone in the 3rd quarter. Blount would find pay dirt once more late in the 3rd quarter on a 26 yard reverse and go untouched into the end zone. All of these astonishing offensive numbers would not of been possible though with out the hard work of the Tiger offensive line who opened holes and held the Wildcat defense at bay all night.

Leading the way for the Tigers on defense this week would be two hard nosed defensive lineman. Marchez Phelps and Tim Roughton would lead the Tiger defense in tackles on the night and hold the Wildcat runners in check for most of the game. Phelps would rack up 9 tackles and Roughton would add 7 of his own. Roughton would also force 2 key fumbles that resulted in great Tiger field position each time. Sophomore Shaton Basnight would add 7 tackles to the Tiger total and first year player Xavier Owens would record 2 sacks and 2 quarterback hurries to his yearly total. Over all the Tiger defense as a whole seemed to be every where at the right times and continues to be the back bone of Tigers.

The Tigers will look to add to their impressive offensive and defensive resumes this Friday as they host the Lakers of Mattamuskeet. The Tigers have done well against the Lakers in recent years but the Tigers will face a Laker team that is hungry for a win and brings a offense that runs the spread and throws the ball numerous times each game. Game time is slated for 7:30 pm,

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  • by football fan Location: plymouth on Oct 11, 2009 at 02:39 PM
    I agree with Corey pull ever how many kids creswell has out of a hat and by all means not just SENIORS make a twam and play them. they are doing a great job. People should be happy for them and quit hatin on them. Tigers keep working hard and prove them all wrong
  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    I agree that the Tigers are doing good but they also need to realize that they have not had any real hard teams and will probably not until they make it to the playoffs. I am proud of these young men as they have kept the winning streak alive. You also have to remember that they lost their starters last year and so did the other schools. Never let it go to your head that your better than anyone else cause it will come back and bite you.
  • by 3DK on Oct 8, 2009 at 05:32 PM
    man you all are good,just dont let it go to your head.keep winning and you will get your chance to play the "deadskins" but sorry thats where your season ends.reality is you are 250th in the state and you are playing in the weakest conference in the state.quality wins mean everything. but you ARE doing great! and good luck!see you in the playoffs,keep on rolling CHS.
  • by CHS TIGER PLAYER Location: Creswell on Oct 8, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    Hello everyone im am starting player on the Creswell Tigers and our team consist of 24 players we have under 90 students in the hole school we maybe small but we have alot of heart were not scared to play any team!!! cory's right were just a good team so STOP hating on us please, an we diff want to play the manteo deadskins!!! come to creswell an see us play friday the game starts at 7:30 we have a open on OCT 16 call us anytime we READY!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2009 at 03:14 PM
    i say come on over manteo way,we are a small school, 6-0 against a LOT better schools. you beat hatteras COME ON . Pleeeeease.
  • by Cory Furlough Location: Creswell on Oct 6, 2009 at 07:17 AM
    Oh, and just so there is no mistake the CF listed below is not me. See you at the game Friday night.
  • by Cory Furlough Location: Creswell on Oct 6, 2009 at 04:12 AM
    Ha ha, here we go again with all of the haters just like last year until Creswell beat all of the bigger teams in the playoffs. Facts are facts and the stats speak for them selves. The Tigers are 6-0 now. You have a school with less than 130 kids whooping schools with 250 kids tale and folks get jealous. It is easy for others in Gville, Rmount or where ever to talk that about come play us but I challenge you to draw 150 names out of a hat of every kid in your school and then come play Creswell. I will take the pics to show the story of the butt whooping you recieve. Dont hate! They have a good team, just agree and enjoy the show. Oh and by the way, check out the pics I think it does show the story!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 5, 2009 at 08:28 PM
    Just because your a small school the pics can not compete! Let your playing do the talking for you! Way to go Lakers believe in your selves even when no one else does.
  • by CF on Oct 5, 2009 at 08:25 PM
    go tigers yea go home
  • by Anonymous on Oct 5, 2009 at 08:22 PM
    Those baby tigers there not greattttttttt!! They need to come over here to Greenville,Tarboro, and Rocky Mount!! Than they would tote one big time!!
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