The West Creek Coyotes welcomed five players back following suspensions via a week 2 altercation with Montgomery Central -- four of which made key plays throughout the game -- and hosted the Cheatham County Cubs in the first matchup between the schools.
A few big plays and a “bend don’t break” defensive performance led the Coyotes to an 18-17 come-from-behind victory over head coach James Figueroa’s alma mater from Ashland City, Tenn. The victory marks the first time West Creek has overcome a double-digit fourth quarter deficit in school history.
“We had the effort, but we played sloppy football,” Figueroa said.
Cheatham County would break a scoreless tie with a 35-yard field goal by John Martin in the final seconds of the first half, giving the Cubs a 3-0 halftime lead.
“Anytime you give them three points instead of a touchdown that’s great, but we had some opportunities too. We made some big plays and some big stops. Overall, we’ve just got to get back to work, “ Figueroa said.
West Creek broke into the scoring column on an 82-yard screen pass from Ti Anthony Wagner to Walter Batey giving the Coyotes a 6-3 lead after a missed PAT in the third quarter.
Cheatham County retook the lead on an eight yard draw by quarterback Dawson Primm, putting the Cubs up 9-6, but they would take their biggest lead of the evening after Joe Moseley scored on a five-yard touchdown, going up 17-6.
Enter West Creek’s Yahsir Thomas. Thomas, one of the five players returning from suspension, took back the Cubs’ kickoff 72 yards for a touchdown, escaping several defenders before racing to the end zone and bringing the Coyotes to within five. Batey recovered the onside kick following the touchdown on the Cheatham County 31-yard line, where Thomas would strike again on the ground on the next play from scrimmage to put West Creek on top 18-17.
The Coyotes were unable to run out the clock, leaving Cheatham County with one last shot at the end zone, but Kayden Pace picked a pass off as time expired.
Wagner went 7-for-16 with 125 yards and one touchdown, while Xavier Crouch was a force for the Coyote defense with two sacks. Nathan Null and Loring Beacham each recovered fumbles.
Cheatham County’s Joe Moseley paced the offense, rushing for 125 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries. Quarterback Dawson Primm would share the majority of the workload with 80 yards rushing on 20 carries. He went 4-for-6 passing with 59 yards, most of which coming on a 35-yard completion to Zach Kessler. Kessler would lead the way for the Cubs’ defense with five tackles, two sacks and two pass breakups.
“We can’t take anything for granted and have to finish the process. Everybody has to do their job and understanding the importance of doing their job,” said Cheatham County head coach Dwayne Daniel.
West Creek (2-2) will take on Portland next week in non-region play, while Cheatham County will hit the road to Camden in a Region 6-3A matchup.