The Creekview Grizzlies are the second youngest program in Cherokee County, yet arguably have had the most success. Through the 15 seasons of Grizzly Football, they have claimed a 104-55 record with 8 playoff appearances. With all of that success, expectations are higher in Macedonia than anywhere else in Cherokee County. The 2020 campaign was really an above average year for the Grizzlies, but with losses to Cherokee and River Ridge, no one really seemed to notice. The season ended with a surprising 34-14 loss to Sprayberry in the first round of the playoffs. The defense carried the Grizzlies last year, allowing only 12.5 points per game. The offense only averaged 18.9 points per game, the fewest points scored since 2010 when Creekview had their worst season in program history, going 3-7.
Creekview will come into 2021 with plenty of new faces on both sides of the ball. The Grizzlies lost crucial offensive pieces like Quarterback Brody Rhodes, Wide Receivers Dawson Curry and Andrew Cloy, as well as pieces such as Chase Wright and Hayden Thompson. Creekview has two solid options to replace Rhodes, with Senior Mason Hicks and Freshman Austin Guest. Creekview is known for their offensive line, and the 2021 crew will have to replace four starters from last year. The Grizzlies will be returning key players like Runningbacks Tyler Stevens and AJ Vaccaro to round out the 2021 offense.
Creekview is coming off of one of the best defensive years in Cherokee County history, largely due to a relentless pass rush. Creekview had 45 team sacks last year in only 10 games. Unfortunately for the 2021 Grizzlies, only 1 player who recorded a sack last year (DE Isaac Hubert with 8.0) will be back. Creekview will also be returning Taylor Cox-Young and Cale Williams. Creekview won’t lack talent but will lack experience. However, never overlook a Trevor Williams coached defense.
So what should fans expect from the 2021 Grizzlies? Creekview is the only team in the county that will have to find a new QB. Creekview is also replacing more starters than any other team in Cherokee County. That leaves a lot of question marks, but there are a few things we do know. Creekview has a tradition of winning, and we don’t see that changing. Creekview also has one of the best youth programs in the area, so just because we don’t know their names yet, there’s no reason to believe the Grizzlies won’t have enough talent to compete.
We see Creekview as a 7-3 team with a top two finish in the region. It’s hard to give Creekview an edge over River Ridge in the region, but that game is as close to a toss-up as it gets. Creekview will also be facing three 7A teams in the first three games (Etowah, Woodstock, Cherokee) which is a tough stretch to get through unscathed. We expect Creekview to host yet another playoff game this year, the question is whether they will be a region champion or runner-up. History also backs up this prediction, as the Grizzlies have an all-time 39-11 record against their 10 scheduled opponents. That includes a 9-0 record against Cambridge, a 10-3 record against Sequoyah and a 8-1 record against River Ridge.
Creekview is in a transition period of talent, but has enough continuity in returning players and coaching to keep them in the top of the county. They are always a tough out and seem to be competitive in the few losses they do have. Fans in Macedonia have plenty to be excited about.