Sandy Creek steamrolls North Hall 49-0 in playoff opener

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Mychael Jenkins hauled in three interceptions to key the Sandy Creek defense. (Photos by Michael Clifton / www.kombatkamera.com)

The Sandy Creek Patriots flexed their all-world talent and playoff experience, pounding the North Hall Trojans 49-0 in Friday night’s postseason opener.
Sandy Creek dominated in every facet, but the defense took it to an elite level.
“The defense played great, the way they have all year,” said head coach Chip Walker. “We’re proud of those guys.”
The offense put up its share of highlights with 456 total yards, but it will have some polishing to do after big penalties erased a lot more yardage.
“We executed and did some good things, then we’d make one or two boneheaded mistakes,” said Walker. “You can’t do that, especially in the playoffs.”
Once the team kicked into gear, they did not let up. Marvin Hubbard started the onslaught midway through the first quarter with a 51-yard touchdown scamper. Benjamin Rutland’s extra point would make it 7-0.
The special teams joined the scoring after the next series, Korey Banks faking a handoff and returning a punt 81 yards for a score.
The defense set up more points at the start of the second quarter. Gary Davis burst through the line for a sack to back the Trojans up into the shadow of their own goalpost for a punt. Tariq Muhammad sliced around the edge to block it out the back of the end zone for a safety and a 15-0 lead.
Sandy Creek took to the air on the ensuing possession. Bryant Walker went deep over the middle to Banks for 37 yards, but they would need a little magic to finish the drive. Walker lofted a pass to the end zone that looked like a sure interception. The Trojan defender let the ball slip through his hands to Major Weems on the ground in the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown.
North Hall will likely be having nightmares about Mychael Jenkins after he intercepted three passes, including on each of the next two possessions. The Patriots took advantage of the second, Drezyn Parson taking a handoff on the first snap and blistering the defense for a 44-yard score.
Sandy Creek drained one more score out of the half with the air attack. Walker and Banks converted a third and long with an 11-yard hookup, then Walker hit Javan Hawes for 11 to move the chains again. Walker found Javon Jackson for a short pass, then Jackson did the rest, juking his way through the secondary for a 42-yard touchdown and a 35-0 halftime advantage.
Jenkins struck again to start the second half, snaring his third interception. Hubbard made it count, breaking loose for a 66-yard score. Hubbard found the end zone for the third time on a 21-yard burst to make it 49-0 at the end of the third quarter.
Sandy Creek could have added a little extra, driving all the way to the two yard line late, but decided to take a knee and run out the clock.
Quarterback Bryant Walker was efficient, completing 13 of 18 passes for 204 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.
Korey Banks was his favorite receiver, hauling in nine passes for 111 yards. Javon Jackson (42 yards, one TD), Major Weems (27 yards, one TD), Kaleb Slaughter (13 yards), and Javan Hawes (11 yards) each caught one pass.
Marvin Hubbard paced the running game with 144 yards and 3 touchdowns on only five carries, a ridiculous 28.8 yards per run. Drezyn Parson added 45 yards and a score on two carries.

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Christopher Dunn has been the sports editor for Fayette Newspapers since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Game Day magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.


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