SMYRNA—The Cane Ridge Ravens and Stewarts Creek Red Hawks battled for first-place in the 6A region 5 Friday night, with Cane Ridge coming out on top 33-23.
The Ravens' big-play abilities made the difference with the connection of quarterback Xayvion Clemmons and wide receiver Adonai Mitchell.
“We work on our connection all day, every day," Mitchell said. "We never stop working on it. When you have a five-star quarterback like Zay (Clemmons) you just make stuff happen.”
Clemmons finished the game 16 of 27, 241 yards and three touchdowns—two of those TDs to Mitchell, who would have six receptions for 136 yards.
Stewarts Creek took its opening possession for six points but struggled the rest of the first half. Cane Ridge’s defense came up with numerous stops and two turnovers to slow down the Red Hawks.
Cane Ridge head coach Eddie Woods was very praised his team's defensive effort.
“Our defense played really good tonight.” Woods said. “Turnovers are always good anytime you win the turnover battle.”
The Red Hawks drives were promising but failed to get anything else going until the fourth quarter putting points on the board. New head coach Bert Browne knows his team must work on the little things and to change his team’s mindset.
“You just don’t turn it off and on in football," he said. "It is a mindset and our (Stewarts Creek) mindset wasn’t were it should’ve been at tonight
Rhythm was also an issue for the Red Hawks as many of their drives stalled or ended with turnovers.
“We’ve got to put five or six plays together to get ourselves in a rhythm, and that’s been the history of Stewarts Creek.” Browne said.
Cane Ridge now holds sole possession of first place in the 6A Region 5 league and control its own destiny as region champs, something Stewarts Creek wanted to achieve but it is now in jeopardy.
“This was a good win for us," Woods said. "We just beat a good, sound football team. Feels good to be at first place but we still have room for improvement."
“Our goal was to win a region championship and control our own destiny. Well, right now we don’t.” Browne added.