SMYRNA – Stewarts Creek gave the Antioch Bears more than they could handle Friday night.
Amari Jelks and Savion Davis scored multiple touchdowns throughout the night, leading the Red Hawks to a 69-6 region win over Antioch. The win comes just one week after snapping Mt. Juliet’s 28-game win streak.
“One of the things I was worried about was having a letdown after a big win,” Stewarts Creek coach Bert Browne said. “That was one of the things I talked to them all week. We needed to come out and take care of business and we did that. The defense played well, the offense played well and that’s what we wanted to see and come away with no injuries.”
Antioch elected to start the game off receiving, but on their first drive quickly found themselves intercepted by Stewarts Creek’s Michael Clinton, setting up wide receiver Alex Krenk for a 20-yd touchdown from quarterback Jonnie Simmons 40 seconds into the game.
Bears quarterback Joey Albright looked to get his team back on the right track, attempting to connect several passes with Donovan Davis, but a turn of downs soon saw the Red Hawks push their lead even more with touchdowns on consecutive drives from Davis and Jelks to give the Red Hawks a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.
Again, Albright looked to work with Davis and Tyden Udley to get some traction, but the Bears just simply were unable to gain any momentum and saw the score slip away from them through the night but did prevent a shutout with Tylen Udley grabbing the lone touchdown of the night for Antioch.
“Tylen Udley is one of our better players,” Antioch coach Ian Marshall said. “Two way, even three-way player. Punts for us, plays all the special teams, never comes off the field. If we can get more guys to put out like Tylen, we’ll see better days.”
During the remainder of the second quarter, Davis saw the end zone again and Jelks picked up three more touchdowns, including one off an 82-yard kickoff return as the halftime came with the Red Hawks leading 49-6.
“He’s just a tough littler joker I’m telling you,” Browne said of Jelks. “He’s always got a smile on his face and it was a big night for him.”
The Red Hawks continued to score at their leisure through the second half seeing touchdowns from Tajh Jones and Elijah Williams and two successful two-point conversions ending the game in a dominate 69-6 win and looking ahead to their first meeting with Clarksville next week.
“When the score is 69-6, there aren’t many positives you can take out of the game like that,” Marshall said. “All we can do is come back to practice, keep working, try to keep the guys motivated and find guys who want to part of the Antioch brand and change the culture every week.”