Cherry Creek uses field position to wear down Doherty in 5A football matchup

0
Photo - Doherty's Eymon Campbell tries to bring down Cherry Creek running back Trey Windham in the second half  Friday, September 9, 2016 at Garry Berry Stadium. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Doherty's Eymon Campbell tries to bring down Cherry Creek running back Trey Windham in the second half Friday, September 9, 2016 at Garry Berry Stadium. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

Doherty was in a giving mood, and Cherry Creek was more than happy to receive.

The Bruins took advantage of starting seven drives in Spartans territory (not counting kneel-downs to end each half), and eventually broke through for the 27-13 victory at Garry Berry Stadium on Friday.

Doherty couldn't get out of its own half and watched as the Bruins started four of their first five drives in Doherty territory. That led to the Bruins (1-1) having an average starting position at the Doherty 43-yard line over those five drives and a 7-0 lead.

Doherty's defense was the reason the Spartans (1-1) hung around in the first half. On the Bruins' nine first-half drives, they managed just eight first downs, and three of those came on their final drive when they extended the lead to 13-6 with 48.7 seconds left in the half.

"A game like this, field position is everything," Spartans coach Jeff Krumlauf said. "So when you're on the wrong side of it, it makes things really tough."

Another first down was credited when the Bruins went for it on fourth-and-4 from the Spartans' 25. (The drive started on Doherty's 31.) Creek running back Trey Windham shook a would-be tackler in the backfield and didn't stop until he got in the end zone to open the scoring.

"We did not do a good job in the first half of taking advantage of pretty good field position," Bruins coach Dave Logan said.

It was the first time in Logan's 24 years as a coach that he went head to head with the Spartans.

The Spartans wanted a tough nonconference schedule and Logan was more than willing to oblige when they came calling of the Bruins, who were rated the No. 1 team over the last two seasons according to the RPI.

"They've sort of flown under the radar down here," Logan said. "They've got good, talented kids and they're well coached. We knew it was going to be a dog fight coming down. . We feel really fortunate to get out of here with the win."

Bruins sophomore quarterback Alex Padilla connected with wide receiver Dimitri Stanley for a 24-yard touchdown to put Creek up 20-6 with 10:40 to play.

The Spartans managed two first downs in the first half and five in the second half - three of those on one drive, resulting in a 15-yard touchdown reception by D'Angelo Shepherd to cut the gap to 20-13 with 9:18 to play.

After the Spartans defense forced another three-and-out, Doherty seemed poised to even things up.

Instead, the Spartans went three-and-out.

"Honestly, I think they played some of the best football I've seen since I've been at Doherty," Krumlauf said of his defense.

Then the Bruins went on a nine-play, 82-yard drive capped off by Windham's second score.

Doherty's only offense in the first half came on a trick play, when Donte Wiggins took a handoff, then threw down field to Justin Ragland for a 65-yard score.

"It was a struggle, but a struggle every team's got to go through," Doherty linebacker/fullback Eymon Campbell said. "It's diversity, we've got to go through it.

"We weren't doing what we were supposed to on offense. So they just kind of broke us down at the end, I guess."