Being ranked No. 2 in our Sentinel Super 16 football rankings was the kiss of death until tough Timber Creek puckered up last Friday.
The Wolves (3-0), ranked second behind Dr. Phillips, kissed that “jinx” goodbye with a 30-7 dismantling of previously unbeaten Boone (2-1).
A program that was a surprise state quarterfinalist following a 7-3 regular season in 2011 is clicking on all cylinders offensively and has pretty much stifled two potent offenses (Freedom and Boone) with a defense that has no big names.
Guys like safety Chris Board, cornerback Keith White and tackle Nick Zaccone can play. But the Wolves have not one guy on the Sentinel Super 60 recruiting charts for the classes of 2013 or 2014.
Those lists don't include sophomore running back Jacques Patrick, who left some cleat marks on Boone with 230 rushing yards.
Getting a lot out of a scrappy bunch is what Creek head coach Jimmy Buckridge and defensive coordinator Marc Jackson do every year. But there is no question the Wolves are ahead of the pace they set last season, when they peaked perfectly to record the first and second playoff wins in school history and lost a tight region final to Neptune Beach Fletcher.
Another big test comes this week, when the Wolves hit the road for the first time this regular season to face Olympia (2-2), which just shredded Apopka for over 460 rushing yards with Dexter Williams and John Armstrong running wild.
If Timber Creek can win at Olympia it will be looking at the prospect of a 10-0 regular season.
Let’s see if the Wolves can chew up that jinx and spit it out.
Buddy Collings is a senior sports writer covering high schools for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him at email@example.com.