Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Big Night for Knights; Creekside Goes 80 Yards in 15 Plays to Stun Unbeaten Bishop Kenny 30-27

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Big Night for Knights; Creekside Goes 80 Yards in 15 Plays to Stun Unbeaten Bishop Kenny 30-27

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Byline: Hays Carlyon

Bishop Kenny's football team went undefeated in the regular season, but wound up winless in the season that mattered most. The postseason.

The fourth-ranked Crusaders rallied from a 23-6 deficit, but couldn't hold a 27-23 lead late in the fourth quarter as visiting Creekside upset undefeated Bishop Kenny 30-27 in the Region 1-5A quarterfinals Friday night.

"We got outplayed," said Bishop Kenny coach Mark Thorson, whose team finished the season 10-1.

"I think when we look at this film, we'll see we didn't execute very well at all. In the end, we just couldn't get the stop we needed."

After Bishop Kenny scored a touchdown with 8:47 left in the game, the Knights engineered a 15-play, 80-yard drive that led to the game-winning points. Creekside quarterback Adam Sandin capped the march with a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Knights a 30-27 lead with 2:14 to play.

Bishop Kenny had two possessions to try and retake the lead, but never pushed into Creekside territory.

"I'm speechless right now," said Sandin, who threw for 208 yards and ran for 106.

"I love playing with this group of guys so much. We all believed we could do this."

Creekside (8-3) advanced to the regional semifinals where it will face district-rival Ponte Vedra on Friday.

"Nobody gave us a chance," Creekside coach Greg Stanton said. "But, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. It only matters what those 60 players and 10 coaches think. We've been looking for a signature win in our four years and now we have it."

On the game-winning drive, Creekside converted twice on fourth-and-1 situations. After losing 10 yards on two plays to begin the drive, Sandin scrambled for 19 yards on third-and-20. He then gained four on fourth down to keep the drive going. Sandin carried 11 times on the drive. …

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