New coach, new attitude, new result: Creekside romps to spring football win

The Sean McIntyre era kicked off with enthusiasm and signs of promise.


Under Creekside’s new head coach, the Knights showed vast improvement in a commanding 40-14 spring football victory over Stanton College Prep on Friday at Creekside High School.

“As hard as I’ve pushed these kids they have responded,” said McIntyre, who was hired in December. “They have worked hard and it showed tonight.”

The victory provided confidence to a team that will start the 2017 season with a 22-game regular-season losing streak. Despite the disappointing last two seasons, Creekside showed the ability to overcome adversity, scoring 27 unanswered points after falling behind 7-0 to a scrappy Stanton team.

Stanton opened the game with a 10-play, 68-yard drive ending with Warren Day’s 2-yard touchdown run.

“We just talked to them about getting better and improving, ” said McIntyre. “We didn’t make these crazy adjustments; we just made sure that we were doing our job better.”

Creekside got on the board when newcomer Kenny Collins scored on a 6-yard touchdown run. Senior JT Wood followed with two big touchdown receptions of 7 and 82 yards from quarterback Tai Lavatai.

Creekside showed a balanced offense under the direction of former Clay offensive coordinator Ryan Wolfe. The Knights used an aggressive downhill running game with Conner Cline and Collins to set up the passing game.

“I see this win as a big turnaround for the program,” said Wood who surpassed 100 receiving yards. “These coaches coming in have really taught us a lot of new things. The morale was great going into the game. We had a great spring practice.”

Collins’ 55-yard kickoff return on the opening possession of the second half, set up Jake Forcier’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Gabe O’Hara. The Knights regained possession and added another touchdown to the scoreboard on a 25-yard pass from Forcier to Caleb Cody.

“It’s a huge start to something great,” said Collins, who joined the team this spring after the track season. “I’m so happy to be a part of the team, and I thank all of my coaches.”

Creekside scored a late touchdown when Quinn Siegel connected with Shane Calhoun for a 20-yard score. Defensively, Brandon Dickman led the Knights with 7 solo tackles.

“Our entire staff did a great job with our kids,” McIntyre said. “There are things that we still have to get better in. but we will continue to work hard.”

Spring Football Scores

May 10: Nease 7, Atlantic Coast 0

Wednesday: St. Augustine 28, Bishop Kenny 21

Thursday: Menendez 44, Fleming Island 14

Gainesville St. Francis 25, FSDB 14

Friday: Gainesville Buchholz 49, Ponte Vedra 28

Creekside 40, Stanton 14

Bartram Trail 51, Columbia 33