ANTIOCH— Stewarts Creek Red Hawks improved to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in region play with a 52-0 shutout over Antioch on Thursday night.
The Red Hawks were dominating on both sides of the ball, jumping out to huge lead early in the game and never looking back.
Quarterback Alex Krenk led the charge on offense while the defense forced Antioch into numerous turnovers that eventually gave Stewarts Creek a 35-0 lead at the half.
“I’m really proud of this team getting better this week.” Stewarts Creek coach Ben Caudill said. “We played last Thursday night and this Thursday night over Fall Break. For something that wasn’t originally planned, but to get a region game in and the challenges we’ve had to face, I was proud of how the guys played.”
For Antioch, it was only the Bears' third game of the season, and it showed. The Bears struggled mightily on offense, shooting themselves in the foot with mental mistakes and unforced turnovers as well.
“We’re such a young team and we’re still learning, but inexperienced or not we have to not make those simple mental mistakes.” Antioch coach Ian Marshall said. “The only way to get better is to get out there and play.”
The game was controlled by the Red Hawks all night but there is always room for improvement, according to Caudill.
“There’s always a way that you can be a little bit cleaner in your operation, and the film is going to show us what we need to improve on," he said.
Stewarts Creek is now 3-1 in region play right behind La Vergne and Smyrna as they take on Lebanon next week.
“They’re (Lebanon) a great team” Caudill said. “We had a really tough and physical game against them last year and we know that they are going to be excited to play and they have some really good players and a great coach in Chuck Gentry. But we’re excited to host a good quality opponent at the Creek next week.”