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Bulldogs cruise while facing tests on, off field

CRESWELL – Last week was sort of a topsy-turvy week at Creswell High School. First, athletic director Brandon Standridge tested positive for Covid, then head football coach Scott Worsham joined him on the sidelines after also testing positive. 

“It’s been lingering all week, it really takes your breath away,” Worsham said Sunday night. “I did the dishes the other day and had to go lie down for a while.” 

Fortunately for Worsham, his Bulldogs wiped the field clean Friday night, cruising to a 56-8 victory against Corbett. 

Creswell (2-1) didn’t skip a beat under the direction of assistant coach Bob Nicol, who had previously been head coach eight years ago for two seasons. 

“It wasn’t a big difference for me,” Nicol said. “Instead of being upstairs I was downstairs.”

 Nicol was glad to see his troops refocused after their first two games – a 47-7 victory at Jefferson, followed by 40-0 loss at Santiam Christian. 

“When you beat a team by 40 sometimes you need a reality check,”  Nicol said. “The teams you’re trying to beat are the Santiams and the guys in our league. It’s a tough league, the goal is to win at least six league games and try to win 10 overall.” 

One of the oddities about Friday’s game was that Creswell scored eight touchdowns – and star quarterback Connor Hanson didn’t visit the end zone at all.

“The offense is getting things done around Connor and (wideout) Jack (Nguyen),” Worsham said. “I don’t know when we’ve ever had this many weapons on offense. Plus our linemen are doing things that we haven’t seen before.” 

The Bulldogs begin league play with back-to-back home games. On Friday, Sept. 23, they play host to Elmira (1-2) before entertaining Siuslaw (1-2) on Sept. 30. 

Worsham said he expects to be healthy and back on the sideline.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve missed Friday Night Lights,” he said, “so I’m anxious to get back out there.”