OLTEN DOWNS TOOK CREEKSIDE TO NEW HEIGHTS IN
his two seasons in charge.
A state title in 2013 and nine wins last season repre-
sented a magnificent run for the Seminoles, who previously
came close to perfection under both Amos McCreary and
Now Downs is gone. He was hired in March to the Univer-
sity of Georgia as a quality control assistant.
“It’s an amazing opportunity to learn at a whole other level,
an opportunity that doesn’t come around every day,” Downs,
30, told the Athens Banner-Herald.
“We all just want to have aspirations to be a college coach.
To get on this level, you have to be able to do this internship
type job to learn how the process works. Being in the SEC is
UGA and Creekside have built quite the relationship in
Downs joins former star playmaker Jayson Stanley. A
freshman for the Bulldogs, Stanley missed all of 2014 with
a torn ACL. He was instrumental, though, in the Seminoles
undefeated 2013 season, finished off with a 52-28 shootout
win in the Georgia Dome over perennial powerhouse Tucker.
Now the Seminoles program is in transition.
Creekside alumnus Will Rogers takes over after formerly
serving as Valdosta High’s o-line coach.
“I had no intentions on leaving Valdosta, but when I found
Senior offensive lineman Aaron Dowdell committed to the
out about this job, I had to think about it,” Rogers, 33, told
the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’ve got a lot of Creekside
pride. It’s a big deal to go back to my old school.”
Rogers has plenty of talent to work with, including another
Georgia Bulldogs connection.
Bulldogs in February.
“Something told me I should just commit,” Dowdell said
after he verbally pledged to Georgia. “It’s not too far, always
been a fan. I like all the coaches. I like the type of offense.”
The 6-foot- 5, 290-pound guard is a three-star recruit and
should help anchor a Seminoles offense that put up more
than 32 points a game last season.
Dowdell committed so early he may have hurt his chances
for more offers and a higher ranking. Alabama and Stanford
were expressing heavy interest prior to his pledge to Georgia.
But he’s most likely not concerned about that now that he’s
firmly on his way to Athens and looking forward to his senior
season with virtually no recruiting distractions.
Expectations will always be high. Rogers, having played for
Creekside, understands that.
The Seminoles have won eight or more games 12 times
since 1990. Downs and Stanley are gone to Georgia. But the
program is in good hands and guys like Dowdell should keep
winning, and winning in bunches the norm in Fairburn.
CREEKSIDE STILL STRONG DESPITE LOSSES
Creekside senior offensive
lineman Aaron Dowdell
committed to Georgia in
QB Jawon Pass, Carver
QB Zerrick Cooper, Jonesboro
QB Jake Fromm, Houston County
RB Jaqua Daniels, Clarke Central
RB Dedrick Mills, Ware County
RB Trey Sermon, Sprayberry
WR Darion Anderson, Houston County
WR Randrecous Davis, Mays
OL Aaron Dowdell, Creekside
OL Luke Elder, Lagrange
OL D’Antne Demery, Brunswick
ATH Gino Appleberry, Creekside
DL Derrick Brown, Lanier
DL Charles Wiley, Stockbridge
DL T.J. London, Carver
LB Bryson Armstrong, Kell
LB Tobias Little, Mays
LB Jamie Skalski, Northgate
DB Khalil Ladler, Stephenson
DB Dreshun Miller, Sprayberry
DB Essang Bassey, Columbus
DB Javontay Smith, Carver
ATH Shawn Smith, Brunswick
2. Houston County
3. Jones County