CANTON — If this was Creekview head coach Al Morrell’s last home game, there’s no doubt he went out in style.
Senior quarterback Hayden Hall accounted for 326 total yards of offense as the Grizzlies honored Morrell, who announced he will end his 31-year career following the 2012 season, by securing the top seed in Region 7A-AAAAA with a 47-14 win over the Forsyth Central Bulldogs on Friday at The Den.
"Great deal of relief and a lot of satisfaction," Morrell said. "I’m very proud of the coaching staff and the kids and just the great effort. It ws a good night for Creekview."
The Grizzlies (7-1, 4-0 Region 7A-AAAAA) and Bulldogs (2-6, 2-2) traded touchdowns on their opening drives of the game, but Creekview’s defense never looked back as it managed to hold Forstyh Central to seven consecutive punts while the offense piled on the points.
"That’s a good football team," Forsyth Central coach Chris Bennett said.
"There’s a reason they’re 5-0. It showed tonight. We got the drive there in the first and after that they just shut us down."
Creekview did not punt until the first play of the fourth quarter, featuring balance with an effective ground and pass attack.
Hall, who started on his 18th birthday Friday night, dominated the contest by completing 11 of 15 passes for 237 yards and two touchdown passes. He also added 79 yards rushing on six carries.
"Hayden did a great job," Morrell said. "He’s one of the team leaders and he reads the defense very well. He makes a lot of the calls at the line of scrimmage, both pass and run. He just had a great night tonight and executed very well."
Seniors stood out for the Grizzlies. The receiver duo of Hunter Udall and Joey Noll accounted for 167 receiving receiving yards. Noll’s 41-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was arguably the highlight of a highlight-filled contest.
Defensively, senior defensive lineman Trent Gilleland and Chris Mata each recorded sacks against the run-heavy Bulldogs offense.
With Creekview holding the No. 1 seed and Sequoyah locked in at No. 2, Forsyth Central will try to defeat Northview at home on Friday and secure a No. 3 seed for the region’s play-in game in Week 10.