For the third time since the program started in 2013, Stewarts Creek won their first game of the season.
Behind an opportunistic offense and a stingy defense, the Red Hawks came from behind and upset Mt. Juliet 19-14 in the coaching debut of Bert Browne.
The Red Hawks have won two games in a row dating back to the season finale in 2018 and the win over Mt. Juliet broke the Bears 27 game regular season winning streak that dates back to 2016.
The Stewarts Creek defense held a potent Bears offense to just 223 total yards including only 42 yards through the air.
The Red Hawks trailed the Bears 14-13 late in the fourth quarter but senior quarterback Jonnie Simmons escaped pressure and found wide receiver Sam Slaughter for a 44 yard touchdown with 3:08 left in the game.
The Red Hawk defense then held Mt. Juliet on fourth and 9 and ran out the clock for the win.
“I am so proud of these players and coaches for all their hard work, this is such a big win for this program over a very good team,” Browne said.
Browne was hired in January and is the second head coach in Red Hawks history.
Mt. Juliet started fast and got the scoring going on their second possession of the game as junior running back Conlin Baggott raced 45 yards for the first touchdown of the season as the Bears took a quick 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Baggott led the Bears ground game as he finished the game with 136 yards on 20 carries.
The Stewarts Creek defense made a huge stand on Mt. Juliet’s next possession as they stopped the Bears on fourth and goal at the Red Hawks one yard line.
“That stand was huge for us from a momentum standpoint,” Browne said.
Red Hawks senior running back Savion Davis capped off a 12 play, 99 yard drive as he scored from a yard out to get Stewarts Creek on the board late in the second quarter.
Davis led the Red Hawks rushing attack as he gained 65 yards on the night.
Mt. Juliet blocked the Red Hawks extra point and took a 7-6 lead at the half.
Stewarts Creek took the lead on their first possession in the second half as senior running back Amari Jelks scored from 13 yards out as the Red Hawks took a 13-7 lead.
Mt. Juliet responded early in the fourth quarter to retake the lead as junior quarterback Brice Messenger scored from four yards out as they took a 14-13 lead.
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