NASHVILLE—The Stewarts Creek Red Hawks pick up their third-straight win with a 50-3 victory over the McGavock Raiders on Thursday night.
The Red Hawks running game was the focal point of emphasis for Stewarts Creek as both Amari Jelks and Savion Davis reached the end zone twice. Jelks tallied nearly 200 yards on the ground, including an 85-yard touchdown run that gave Stewarts Creek its first touchdown of the game.
“The D-line for McGavock were squeezing in the middle because they saw it on film that we like to run up the middle, so I just cut it to the outside and just took it in from there,” Jelks said.
Stewarts Creek improved to 6-1 on the season, and head coach Bert Browne was glad his team has improved each week, and he also had some strong praises for his senior running back.
“We’re getting better and better every week and that’s what you have to do,” Browne said. “For my money, Amari [Jelks] is all-state. The things that he’s doing in 6A football and Rutherford County, he’s a heck of a football player.”
Not only did the Stewarts Creek offense click, the defense scored 14 points off two scoop-and-score fumble recoveries from Zachary Snider and Riley Hanson.
“We did some good things tonight," he said. "When you can run the ball and play defense like we can play you can win football games, there’s no question,” Browne said.
McGavock hung around after the first quarter only down by a field goal, but costly mental mistakes ruined the Raiders’ chances of getting their first win of the season. McGavock head coach Julius Gore was not pleased with his team’s performance.
“There’s a lot of things that go into mental errors, how tough kids are, when it’s tough can they still do the things that they are supposed to do or do they fold up," Gore said.
It’s been a struggle for McGavock, but the same message is preached by Gore each week.
“I’ve been 15-0, and now I’m 0-8, so I’ve seen both sides of it," Gore said. "You tell the kids the same thing. It's all about fighting adversity. Whether it’s a loss or a fumble, you have to overcome that adversity.”