CLARKSVILLE -- Stewarts Creek improved to 3-0 and passed its first road test of the year with a 30-22 victory over Clarksville Friday night.
The Red Hawks, who improved to 3-0 for the first time in the program's history, got the run game going early with an 81-yard touchdown run by senior running back Amari Jelks, who finished with 189 yards rushing. Senior running back Savion Davis also established the run with 57 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
"It all starts up front; our offensive line did a great job," first-year Stewarts Creek coach Bert Browne said. "Our kids run hard. Running the ball is a mindset, and we’ve got that mindset where our kids run hard and hit the holes when our offensive line comes off the football. But we’ve gotta get better at it because we’re gonna play a heck of a team next week.”
The Red Hawks didn't score through the air, but senior quarterback Jonnie Simmons posted a respectable 114 yards passing and 28 yards rushing. He also took a bad sack in the second quarter by Wildcats senior linebacker Gabe Smith and fumbled the ball on the run which the Wildcats recovered.
““We gotta hang on to the football," Browne said."You can’t turn the ball over like we did. “It’s just a killer. We had a chance to put that football team away and we didn’t do it. It almost bit us in the tail. We’re very fortunate to win that football game.”
Added Stewarts Creek senior wide receiver: “Just not giving up, getting punched in the mouth it was kinda like the Mt. Juliet game. We had to keep each other up and keep coming off the turnovers and fighting every single play.”
Turnovers and missed opportunities plagued the Wildcats throughout. Quarterback Davin Garinger and wide receiver Quantae Hicks connected for 144 yards receiving and a 32-yard touchdown after Garinger was subbed in for Colby Cooks in the third quarter. Cooks had 32 yards rushing and a touchdown.
“We had a lot freshman come in and make plays at the end," Clarksville coach Isaac Shelby said. "I’m proud of our kids. They played hard. They played the way I wanted them to play. They played tough and with grit. It just wasn’t enough tonight.”
Stewarts Creek hosts Cane Ridge in a key region game Friday, while Clarksville is at Rockvale.