Creekside runs for 214.4 yards per game, primarily coming from 1,000-yard rushers Dexter Knox and Bricen Terry, who have a combined 2,557 yards and 38 touchdowns on 387 carries this season. Tucker averages more yards rushing (232.0) but spreads the carries around more evenly. Quarterback Joseph Farrar is the leading rusher with 716 yards, and 19 Tigers have at least one carry.
Creekside and Tucker also rank among the top five teams in Class AAAAA in scoring defense for the season, including the playoffs, giving up fewer than 13 points per game.
If there is a difference between the teams, it’s that Creekside is much more likely to pass. The Seminoles’ Felix Harper is 161-for-239 passing for 2,358 yards with 35 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Tucker’s Farrar has thrown for 916 yards and 14 touchdowns and attempts fewer than seven passes per game.
“We’re very balanced,” Downs said. “We pride ourselves on being multiple. We’re just going to take whatever the defense gives us. If they’re going to allow us to run it, then we’re definitely going to take advantage of it. If they’re going to force us to throw the football, then we’re going to take advantage of that as well.”
Tucker is seeking its third state title in six years, while Creekside is playing in a state final for the first time.
“It should be one of those old-school battles,” Lamar said. “I don’t see a lot of points being put up, so hopefully we can slow them down a little bit. That’s going to be a tall task.”