Fullback Eric Woods dominated the opposition as part of a 41-0 victory. (Photos by Adam Hagy /
Korey Banks tallied six catches for 64 yards.

Spots in the season-opening Corky Kell Classic are reserved for the state’s top football teams. Sandy Creek left zero doubt that they belong in that upper echelon, simply dominating the Creekview Grizzlies in a 41-0 thrashing.
“Overall, we felt like it was a good way to start the season,” said Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker. “We felt like it was pretty clean for the most part. The kids played hard, and we took care of the ball.”
Statewide, a lot of people thought Sandy Creek would have a hard time replacing tailback Eric Swinney, who is now at Ole Miss. Those around the team knew there is plenty of talent left around capable of dominating with the rock. The three-headed monster of Jaelon Greene, Marvin Hubbard, and Drezyn Parson dominated the Grizzlies from the outset, chewing up yards in chunks with the help of bruising fullback Eric Woods.
“All of them looked really good, we can’t complain about that,” said Walker. “Eric did a really good job. He blocked really good, he had a couple really good runs, and he caught a couple that went for first downs. It was a good effort by him.”
Greene got the first reps and made them count, running for seven yards on the Patriots first play, then topping himself with a 59-yard romp through the defense on the next snap.
Sophomore quarterback Bryant Walker, making his first varsity start, hit the ground running as well. He completed his first pass for nine yards to Korey Banks and capped off the opened possession with a smooth playaction fake on a 21-yard touchdown pass to Major Weems. Benjamin Rutland added the extra point for a quick 7-0 Sandy Creek lead.
“We’re pleased with the way Bryant played,” said Coach Walker. “He didn’t try to do too much, and he hit the receivers when he had the chance. He looked pretty cool and comfortable out there.”
The opening drive was extremely efficient, covering 94 yards in six plays and just over three minutes. Drive two was just as productive. Hubbard moved the chains with a 16-yard run, and Greene capped it off, absorbing a big hit at the goal line that popped off his helmet to score on a one-yard plunge for a 13-0 lead.
The Sandy Creek defense was every bit as good as advertised. Starting from the opening series where they held Creekside to -18 yards on three plays, the Patriots shut down a talented opponent. They suffocated the Grizzly running attack to -7 yards on 10 rushes in the first half. Creekview would manage only 102 yards and six first downs all night.
“I don’t know what to say about the defense because they were lights out,” praised Walker. “Our defensive guys did a great job, players and coaches. Anytime you give up just 100 yards of total offense, I think that’s pretty good.”
The officials helped keep the Grizzlies offense on the field on their third possession, ruling Javon Jackson out of bounds on a spectacular, leaping interception. If they had the benefit of instant replay, they would have seen he got not one but two feet in bounds. No matter for the Patriots, Gary Davis would trip up Creekview’s quarterback on a fourth-down run to get his team the ball back.
The Patriots thought they had another score through the air on their third drive, Walker hitting Javan Hawes on a post route. The officials at first ruled it a touchdown, but overturned it after the extra point crew was already on the field, saying the defensive back had dislodged the ball in time. They kept pushing anyway until Greene punched it in from two yards out for a 20-0 lead.
Sandy Creek’s special teams joined the fun at the start of the second half as Marvin Hubbard, the state’s 100 meter dash champion, showed off his speed on an 86-yard kickoff return fresh out of halftime.
Bryant Walker found a wide open Parker Mallett to push the lead to 34-0 midway through the third quarter.
The defense kept up their good work, intercepting two passes on one series to frustrate Creekview. First, Tariq Muhammad tipped a pass into the air that Mychael Jenkins snared and took back up field. He would be stripped, with the ball tumbling back to Creekview. Javon Jackson would kill the drive for good with a leaping interception at midfield.
Eric Woods was rewarded for a night mauling Creekview defenders with a seven-yard touchdown to cap off the scoring in the 41-0 blowout.
The trio of Greene (seven carries, 83 yards, two touchdowns), Parson (12 carries, 62 yards), and Hubbard (eight carries, 53 yards) were all dominant. Fullback Woods added 23 yards and a score on four carries as the rushing attack piled up 218 yards.
The offensive line, led by Chandler Tuitt, blew open massive holes all night.
“I thought the offensive line played good,” said Walker. “Early on, they did some really good things. They’ve just got to continue to gel and get better.”
Bryant Walker was sharp in his first start, completing 12 of 16 passes for 137 yards, two touchdowns, and no turnovers.
Korey Banks led the receivers with six catches for 64 yards. Major Weems added three for 37 and a touchdown.
Sandy Creek hosts the Jonesboro Cardinals this Friday.