After dominating much of the game, Tates Creek felt some heat from Bryan Station late in the third quarter. A 21-point lead had dwindled down to just eight points.
However, the Commodores clamped down in the fourth quarter and pulled away from the Defenders for a 48-27 win on the road Friday night.
It was Tates Creek’s fourth straight win after dropping its first two contests at Scott County and Belfry, No. 5 and No. 8 statewide in the latest Cantrall Ratings, to begin the season. Creek improved to 3-0 against city teams for the first time under third-year head coach Antoine Sims.
The last time Creek swept the city in the regular season? 2004.
“We want to be city champs,” Sims said. “That’s one of our short-term goals. It’s something we’ve been working on. It’s a start.”
Lafayette improved to 2-0 this season against city foes with a 55-6 win over Henry Clay at home. It hosts Bryan Station next week and Tates Creek in its last regular-season game on Oct. 21.
“It’s a really big deal,” said junior quarterback Cameron Workman. “That’s what we’re trying to get.”
Workman was just 11-for-26 with an interception, but his completions counted: they went for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Jaden Baird, Jackson Beerman and Turner Gentry each caught a score.
“The receivers came open and I didn’t get the ball to ’em sometimes, and sometimes I did, so it worked out,” Workman said with a grin.
Bryan Station quarterback Jalen Burbage rushed for a 1-yard score midway through the first quarter that gave the Defenders (3-3) a brief lead after Creek had went up 6-0. The Commodores quickly countered using a 40-yard scoring pass to Baird from Workman which ignited a 22-0 run.
Laron Warner rushed for a TD to put Creek ahead 35-14 just before halftime, a score set up by a Brody Sellers interception returned to the Bryan Station 11-yard line. Dylan Adkins came up with another Creek interception with five seconds left in the half but the Commodores elected to take a knee at its own 34.
The offense was slow to get back up in the second half and Station capitalized. Chris Jones scored on a pass from Burbage with 2:46 left in the third quarter, then 23 seconds later Romel Croley returned an interception for a 28-yard score to get the Defenders within 35-27.
With 9:46 left, Tates Creek went up 42-27 on Warner’s second TD. Station put together a drive on its ensuing possession but lost a fumble on Creek’s 25-yard line. Thanks in part to a lucky break — a 30-yard completion from Workman to Warner on 3rd-and-7 was ruled fair but his foot came down on the out-of-bounds line — the Commodores were able to chew up about four minutes of clock and score the capping TD with 4:04 to play.
Workman believes Creek (4-2) has gotten better at finishing out games since the two losses it took to kick off the year. Its performance in the final quarter Friday night was evidence of that, he said.
“We just gotta learn how to keep fighting,” Sims said. “The only thing we’ve got control over on the football field is us and how we play.”
Gentry led all receivers with 96 yards on just two catches. Beerman had 66 yards on four grabs. Desmond Bernard led Bryan Station with 49 yards on six catches.
Burbage was 23-for-30 with two picks. He had 227 yards and two TDs through the air, and rushed for 20 yards and a TD.
Dylan Adkins had 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception for Tates Creek. He also was the Commodores’ second leading-rusher with 46 yards and a TD on nine carries.