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Class AAAAAA spring football blog: New Creekview coach looks to build on momentum

Creekview has turned to former South Forsyth assistant coach Trevor Williams to build on the momentum from the best football season in the program’s 13-year history.

Williams was named recently as the replacement for Adam Carter, who left Creekview after one season to take the head coaching position at Grayson. Carter led the Grizzlies to a 12-1 record (10-0 in the regular season) and its first region title. Creekview, which had not won a playoff game in its first 12 seasons, reached the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals, losing to eventual champion Lee County 42-20. The 20 points were the most scored against the Trojans all season. 

That’s a tough act to follow, but Williams is eager to get started. 

“The top priority was to meet the kids and get to know them,” Williams said. “We want to develop those relationships with players as quickly as possible. The next thing would be to talk to the current staff and hold on to as many of them as possible. Once that happens, you look to bring in coaches who fit the mold of the program we want to build. We want to hire great men who will be good influences for our players on and off the field as well as being great coaches. I firmly believe that passionate, positive and demanding coaches bring out the best in student-athletes. Those are the type of guys we will look to add to an already great staff.” 

Williams spent the past six seasons at South Forsyth, where he was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. He was the offensive and special teams coordinator at Forsyth Central from 2009 to 2012. 

South Forsyth went 5-6 in 2018 but won region championships in two of the previous three seasons, allowing just 16.7 points per game during that stretch. 

Williams will become the fourth head coach in Creekview history, following Al Morrell (now at Fellowship Christian), Terry Crowder (now at Denmark) and Carter. 

“The transition has been tremendous,” Williams said. “The kids have been working extremely hard, and their effort is unbelievable. The community is excited, and you can feel why this is such a special place. Everyone from the administration, led by Dr. [Mark] Merges and our athletic director, Chuck Wilson, to the players, coaches and booster club are all rowing in the same direction. Everyone is focused on moving forward and building a top program in the state. We can’t wait for spring practice to get back on the field and really see what the guys can do.” 

The move to Creekview will be a homecoming for the Cherokee County native, who was an all-region selection and four-year letterman in football and baseball at Sequoyah before moving on to play football at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn. 

“I believe this is one of the top jobs in one of the top districts in the state,” Williams said. “I grew up in Cherokee County, and Creekview was always a job that I kept an eye on from afar. It has a great mix of elite leadership, hard-working families and tremendous student-athletes that excel in the classroom and on the field. Creekview has a great tradition, and I hope that we can continue that well in to the future.” 

Creekview’s 2019 schedule (all games at 7:30 p.m.): 

Aug. 23: at Cambridge 

Aug. 30: vs. Woodstock 

Sept. 6: at Allatoona* 

Sept. 13: at Osborne* 

Sept. 20: vs. Dalton* 

Oct. 4: at Sequoyah* 

Oct. 18: vs. River Ridge* 

Oct. 25: vs. South Cobb* 

Nov. 1: vs. Sprayberry* 

Nov. 8: at Harrison* 

*Region 6-AAAAAA game 

Other new coaches in Class AAAAAA 

Williams will be one of at least 10 new coaches in Class AAAAAA this fall. Here are the other changes that have been reported: 

*Alcovy: Former Alpharetta and Lithia Springs head coach Jason Dukes will take over for Chris Edgar, who was 9-21 in three years. 

*Bradwell Institute: Former Shaw, Pope and Campbell head coach Kyle Adkins will replace Ross Couch, who resigned in December after two seasons. 

*Centennial: Former Warner Robins assistant coach Shane Sams is replacing Michael Perry, who went 15-8 in two seasons before taking the job at East Hall. Sams directed the Demons’ high-scoring offense during back-to-back state finals appearances. 

*Drew: Former New Manchester assistant Steve Robinson is taking over for Dorwyn Lyles, who was 26-29 in five seasons. 

*Forest Park: Assistant coach Gerren Griffin was promoted to replace Martez Edwards, who was 5-15 in two seasons. Griffin will be the school’s eighth new head coach in 10 years. 

*Hughes: Defensive assistant Daniel Williams was promoted to replace Willie Cannon, who retired after serving as the only head coach in the program’s 10-year history. 

*New Manchester: Kevin Whitley, who has a career record of 160-55 in stops at North Springs, Creekside and (most notably) Stockbridge, was hired to replace Myron Terry, who was 6-24 in three seasons. 

*River Ridge: Mike Collins, who spent the past nine seasons at Wheeler after previous stops at Chamblee and Pebblebrook, was hired to replace Tyler Wynn, who is the new head coach at Greenville. 

*Tri-Cities: Innis Claud has stepped down after one season but will remain at the school as a teacher. The position has not been filled.

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