FAIRBURN - Alexander’s offense powered the Cougars to a 40-26 win over Creekside in a Region 5-AAAAAA contest on Friday at Arrowhead Stadium. Alexander senior quarterback Mason Wood’s five-touchdown performance made the difference.
With the win, Alexander improved to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the region as it keeps pace with Mays for a top seed in next week’s playoffs. The Seminoles dropped to 0-8 and 0-6 as it plays at Douglas County next week.
“We did what we do every week, just focus on us,” Combs said, “Making sure we’re playing sharp, playing well and taking our responsibilities seriously.”
To start the game though, Creekside threw the first punch.
On its opening offensive drive, Creekside marched down the field and scored a touchdown to make the score 6-0.
The Seminoles defense held on a three-and-out on Alexander’s first possession.
However, from that point on, it was all Alexander.
Late in the first quarter, a long pass from Wood to Jalen Morgan put the Cougars inside the Creekside 10 yard line, from there Wood found Michiah Randolph for a 6-yard touchdown and Alexander took the lead 7-6.
Early in the second quarter as Creekside had a promising drive in Alexander ‘sterritory, Aaron Casey intercepted a pass and returned it inside Seminole territory. Mason Wood did the rest and ran in a 46 yard touchdown to extend the lead 14-6.
Later on in the quarter, a blocked punt by Alexander set the offense up for good field position once again.
The Cougars capitalized as Wood found Joel Phillips on a 21-yard touchdown pass and the lead grew 21-6.
Wood added his fourth touchdown of the half when he connected with Randolph again, this time for 28 yards and Alexander was up 28-6 at the half.
Alexander’s dominance continued into the third quarter.
Bryson Irby ran in a 2-yard touchdown to extend the lead 34-6. Creekside was able to string together a few scoring drives early on in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 34-18.
However, Wood ended all hopes of a comeback when he found Jalen Morgan on a 31-yard touchdown pass to widen the gap 40-18 in favor of the Cougars.
The second units on each team battled for the remainder of the quarter and Alexander took home the win.
To clinch a top spot in the postseason, Alexander must defeat Mays and Douglas County in the next two weeks. The Cougars host No. 3 Mays, the defending region champions, next week before hosting Douglas County to end the season.
“We got a tough opponent coming into our house, we have to make sure we’re prepared and take the gameplan seriously,” Combs said. “Just focus on that one, we don’t worry about two, three, four weeks we just worry about this week.”