JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t pretty. But it was a promising start for the Creekside football team.
The Knights used a variety of big plays on every side of the ball to knock off Ribault 16-7 in the WW Gay Mechanical Contractors Bold City Showcase on Saturday afternoon at Bolles.
Creekside had some growing pains on offense, with a couple red-zone trips in the first half going for nothing. But the Knights more than made up for it with their play on defense and special teams.
Creekside (1-0) got on the board with defense first, using a quick shiver at the line of scrimmage from Vincent Approbato to drag down the ball carrier in the end zone for a safety.
The Knights swamped the Ribault punter to set up a short Preston Strope touchdown run. And quarterback Jacob Dennie hit Maxwell Robinson on a 60-yard touchdown just before the half to put the Knights in front 16-7.
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Things weren’t easy to come by against a physical Trojans defense, which keyed in on 1,000-yard back Strope and kept the pressure on Dennie. Ribault stopped Strope on fourth-and-goal from the 1 and got an interception from Damontrio Glee. That pick set up Ribault’s best play of the game.
One play after Glee’s interception gave Ribault (0-1) the ball at its own 20, the Trojans looked deep.
Kalvin Gilbert Jr. got past everyone and Nick Jones put the ball right in his hands for an 80-yard touchdown. But Creekside caught back up after that on a 4-yard Strope touchdown run and never looked back.
Bolles thumped West Nassau 42-0 in the opening game of the Showcase on Friday night.