SMYNRA—The Red Hawks of Stewarts Creek picked up their second league win of the season against the LaVergne Wolverines, 24-6, to improve to 4-1 on the season Friday night.
The defense of Stewarts Creek held LaVergne’s offense at bay for most of the game. Stewarts Creek had an interception and big stops, forcing eight punts. Stewarts Creek coach Bert Browne praised his defense's performance.
“Our defense played super tonight," he said. "They got some big stops for us to get this victory.”
On the offensive side of the ball, the Red Hawks running game was the focal point of the offense, led by running backs Amari Jelks and Savion Davis. Jelks finished the game with 19 carries 113 yards and a touchdown, while Davis had 15 carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns.
Jelks loved how his offensive line created holes for both he and Davis in the run game.
“I give them (O-Line) a lot of credit," he said. "I tell them to keep blocking and keep doing what they’re doing the whole game and we just work to get better every week.”
A game that was even through the majority of time as the Wolverines were only down 10-0 without much offensive production at halftime. However, early in the third quarter, La Vergne got a touchdown pass from Lavandre Webb, who went 11 of 19 with 141 yards. After the Wolverines lone score they missed the extra point.
Besides their one third-quarter drive, the Wolverines struggled on offense.
La Vergne coach Stanton Stevens said his team missed a lot of opportunities and failed to execute.
“We didn’t execute very well tonight," he said. "They (Stewarts Creek) were good tonight, don’t get me wrong, but usually our execution is a lot better than that. I thought there were times that we missed guys that were open down the field and looking for something too big as far as plays go, and we didn’t stick to our game plan.”
Although his team was efficient running the football, Browne said his team must be balanced and have a consistent passing game if the Red Hawks want to go deep in the playoffs.
“We’ve got to be able to develop a passing game," Browne "You’ve got to be able to throw the football. When you’re at this level of (6A) football you’ve got to throw the football on first down, it is a must. I’m looking down the road, if we’re fortunate to make the playoffs, the way you’re going to do it is that you’ve got to mix it up.”
Stewarts Creek will travel to Station Camp next week as they hit the road for their next three games, and La Vergne looks to end their two-game losing skid to Overton.