Preps: Whites Creek succeeds by the numbers

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 12:10am

Winning their first two games has been as easy as 1-2-3 for Whites Creek’s Cobras.

Not literally, but the guys wearing uniform numbers (1) J’ Booker, (2) Clifford Jetton (No. 2) and Marcus (Squeaky) Barnes (No. 3), they have become the primary reasons Whites Creek has struck for two straight easy wins.

Finishing August at 2-0 signals the dawn of a new day at Whites Creek which was 0-10 just two years ago.

The Cobras, who trounced Goodpasture 28-0 the week before, haven’t opened up 2-0 since they won their first five in 2005. And, until Friday’s 29-0 romp at Hillsboro, they hadn’t shut out their first two foes since 1992.

Booker, a senior quarterback, guided Whites Creek to the stunningly easy win over host Hillsboro (0-2).

“We just give them our 1-2-3 attack, and if we all play well, we’re pretty hard to stop,’’ said the 6-1, 170-pound Booker, who scored one TD and directed an offense which rolled up almost 300 yards on the Burros. “We’ve played two great games so far, and we’re going to try to keep it up. With guys around me like Cliff, Squeaky and split end Jeremy Cole (who caught two passes for 35 yards), it makes things much easier for me.’’

Jetton ran like a jet, leading all rushers with 160 yards in just 20 carries. And Barnes, a tailback, sparked the win by scoring two TDs and returning a kickoff following a safety for a 65-yard score, breaking the game open early in the third quarter for a 14-0 lead.

Barnes sparkled on defense, as well. With Hillsboro trailing only 6-0 in the final seconds of the first half and threatening to score, Barnes intercepted a pass in the left end zone with 15 seconds left, preserving a halftime lead.

“I owe everything to my linemen, the coaches and my teammates around me,’’ said Barnes. “On the interception, I just went with the receiver and made a play. Everything I do out there comes with the strength and help from God.’’

This has been a long time coming for fifth-year Coach Anthony Law, whose team rolls into September riding high. The Cobras went 0-10 two years ago, then barely sneaked into the playoffs last year.

“Everyone is playing hard and buying into what we’re trying to do,’’ said Law. “I’m very proud of them. Our team attitude and dedication is so much better than before. This is a new day for Whites Creek.’’

On the other hand, Hillsboro has been outscored 64-6 in its first two games and has started 0-2 for the first time since 1995 during a 2-8 season. And, with a sputtering offense, the Burros are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1996.

The Burros try to rebound at Ravenwood (0-1) Thursday in the WUXP TV-30 game of the week. Against Whites Creek, the Burros managed just 178 yards total offense and nine first downs –usual halftime numbers for the defending state champs.

Next up for Whites Creek is a key region game Friday at Stratford. A win there would likely sets up big-time games for the Cobras against Lipscomb Oct. 2 and Maplewood in Week 10 Oct. 30.

Humphreys Overton’s workhorse

One of the most impressive teams in Metro Nashville is Overton (2-0) which had an impressive 21-20 opening win over Father Ryan and a resounding 56-14 rout of Stratford last Friday.Tailback Tez Humphreys is off to an amazing start and is fast becoming one of the best workhorse backs in Nashville. Humphreys rushed for 171 yards and four scores in the romp over Stratford. In two games, he has rushed for 325 yards and seven TDs.

Quarterback Christian Dobbs has complemented the offense by hitting 12-of-15 passes (80 percent) and 122 yards in the two games for Coach Terry Anderson’s team. The Bobcats take a week off before they host Lipscomb Sept. 11.

Lipscomb (1-0) will host Maplewood (1-1) in a clash for the early lead in District 10-4A.

St. Cecilia new track

St. Cecilia will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new $1.5 million track and soccer field at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10. St. Cecilia and Overbrook will share the two facilities.