Shadow Creek survives Clear Creek to advance

SHADOW CREEK — They may have entered the Class 6A Region III Div. II bi-district contest with a 3-7 season record, but the Clear Creek Wildcats didn't play like a team that had managed to win only three games this season and Shadow Creek almost became an upset playoff victim.

The District 23-6A champion Sharks may have taken the Wildcats for granted thinking the first round was going to be a cakewalk, but Shadow Creek had to change their thought process in pulling out the 45-38.

Clear Creek came out at the beginning of the game to let the Sharks know they weren't afraid of them as they built a 21-10 first quarter advantage.

The Wildcats opened the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run by Jeremiah Crum for a 7-0 lead.

Clear Creek added two more scores on long passes covering 61-yards to Colton Jarmosco and a 76-yard strike to Samuel Sereal.

However, the Sharks got a 22-yard field goal from Matt Allison to make the score 21-3 and then running back Tylik Burton ripped off a 47-yard scoring burst to close the gap to 21-10 at the end of the opening frame.

Over the next two quarters, Shadow Creek scored 28 unanswered points for a 31-21 lead at intermission and a 38-21 advantage in the third period while Clear Creek cut the margin to 31-24 entering the final stanza.

The Sharks scored when QB Duke Butler hit Lawrence Armstrong for a 12-yard touchdown pass and then hooked up with him on their next possession for a 17-yard scoring toss and then Butler capped off the first half scoring for the Sharks with another scoring pass to Joqwan West for a 10-yard touchdown.

With 11 minutes to go in the third quarter, Shadow Creek added another score on a 57-yard rushing touchdown by Burton to make the score 38-24.

The Sharks got one last long-distance score from Burton when he raced 66-yards early in the final frame to increase the lead to 45-24.

The Wildcats were not going to quit as they make one last run as QB Cody Raboin, who threw four touchdowns, hit a scoring strike to Crum on a 41-yard touchdown to make the score 45-31 and then with eight minutes remaining, connected with Cams on a 10-yard scoring toss to narrow the margin to 45-38.

But Clear Creek wasn't going to give up as they recovered the onside kick at midfield. The converted one fourth and faced another fourth down in the final seconds from the Shadow Creek 35, but their pass was picked off by Javion Anderson giving the Sharks possession on the 1-yard line and the hard-fought win.

Butler was 16-of-21 passing for 189 yards and three TDs.

Burton had 14 carries for 210 yards and three scores.

Jacorey Watson had three catches for 62 yards, Armstrong had three grabs for 27 yards and a pair of touchdowns, West had two catches for 23 yards and one score while Joshua Best had four grabs for 36 yards.

Shadow Creek (9-2) advances to the Class 5A Region III Div. II area round to face C.E. King (9-2) on Friday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Freedom Field.