Cy Woods too much for Clear Creek in 52-34 win
This postseason, no team has been able to stop the Cypress Woods offense. Slowing it down has been an equally difficult task.
Regardless of its defensive effort, Clear Creek appeared up to the task of keeping up with the breakneck pace at which Cypress Woods scores and a shootout transpired.
But eventually, Cypress Woods pulled away and punched a return ticket to the fourth round of the playoffs.
Led by quarterback Colton Huntsman and running back Fred Anderson, Cypress Woods pulled away from Clear Creek 52-34 in the Class 5A Division II Region III semifinals on Saturday at Turner Stadium.
The win pits Cypress Woods (10-3) against Memorial (8-5) in the Class 5A Division II Region III championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tully Stadium.
Cypress Woods scored on the game's opening kickoff as Cole Devillers broke loose for a 95-yard touchdown return. On the ensuing possession after a 52-yard kickoff return by Clear Creek's Marcus Nelson, it took just one play for Clear Creek to answer as quarterback Chris Collins hit Tevin Jones for a 24-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7 just 38 seconds into the first quarter.
The race was on but Cypress Woods pulled in front comfortably in the second quarter as Huntsman engineered three touchdown drives - two capped by Anderson touchdown runs and one on a 49-yard scoring run by Huntsman for a 35-14 halftime lead.
"They gave us all we wanted," Cypress Woods coach David Jones said. "But we made some plays. Colton's pretty special.
"I'm proud of our kids. They were resilient. (Clear Creek) threw some shots at us and we got back up off the ground and went at it again."
Huntsman, an Air Force commitment, threw for 206 yards and ran for 165. Anderson ran for 145 yards and four scores and caught four passes for 45 yards.
In the second half, Clear Creek (9-4) pulled to within a touchdown as C.J. McElroy (1-yard run) and Jones (39-yard reception) each found the end zone to pull Clear Creek to within 35-28 with 4:43 remaining in the third quarter. But Cypress Woods countered with 10 consecutive points to pull away.
"We had chances," said McElroy, a UH commitment. "We didn't take advantage of our opportunities….Our defense came up big and we couldn't find a way to score."
For Clear Creek, it was the team's first foray into the third round of the postseason in school history.
"When you accomplish your goals, that goes a long way in your kids preparing and believing in what your saying as a program," Clear Creek coach Darrell Warden said.
For Cypress Woods, it's their second straight trip to the state quarterfinals. In their three-year varsity history, the Wildcats have won eight playoff games.
"It's a credit to the coaches and the kids and our school for not just giving up," Jones said. "It's a credit to the seniors that came together when we were 1-3."
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