SMYRNA- Oakland senior Vic Stephenson didn’t have many touches in Friday’s night 48-24 win over Stewarts Creek but he made them count in the Patriot win.
Oakland (4-0), the state’s No. 1 Class 6A team by the Associated Press got three touchdowns by Stephenson in three different ways to give head coach Kevin Creasy his 70th win at Oakland as he starts his seventh year with the Patriots.
Creasy is now 70-6 at Oakland and 149-18 in his head coaching career.
“It was a back and forth game in the first half filled with big plays by both teams and we were able to settle down and get in a rhythm in the second half,” Creasy said.
Stephenson took a pass from quarterback Ian Schlacter and raced 80 yards on the first offensive play of the game to stake Oakland to a quick 7-0 barely 15 seconds into the game.
Stewarts Creek used a 13 play drive as they got down into Oakland territory but the Patriot special teams came up big as they blocked a 33-yard field goal attempt by junior Red Hawk kicker Upton Bellenfant to keep the score at 7-0.
The Stewarts Creek came up big on Oakland’s next possession as Red Hawk junior defensive back Tyree Thomas scooped up an Antonio Patterson fumble and tied the score at 7-7.
But as quickly as the score was tied, Stephenson again made a big play as he took the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for an Oakland touchdown to give the Patriots the lead again at 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Stewarts Creek (1-2) then drove down the field and cashed in on a 50- yard drive as junior running back Gabe Walker tied the game at 14 with a three-yard touchdown run.
But Oakland again responded quickly with another big scoring play as Patterson scored on the Patriots first play of their next possession as he went 80 yards for a touchdown and a 21-14 lead.
Two plays later, Walker fumbled and Oakland recovered and set up shop at the Red Hawk 27-yard line.
Stephenson capped off his three-touchdown night, two plays later as he rushed 23 yards to give Oakland a 27-14 lead at the half.
Stewarts Creek took the second-half kickoff and Bellenfant kicked a 28-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 27-17.
Oakland countered with back-to-back big plays as junior running back Jordan James hit the seam and had a 55-yard run that set up, Patterson’s second rushing touchdown of the game this time from 25 yards to increase the Oakland lead to 34-17.
James finished with 112 yards and a touchdown on just six carries while Patterson finished with two rushing touchdowns and 105 yards on those two carries in the Oakland.
Schlacter finished with 124 yards passing and two touchdowns as he finished his night with a 37-yard touchdown strike to junior Isaiah Horton.
Stewarts Creek quarterback Alex Krenk finished off the Red Hawk scoring with a three-yard run in the fourth quarter.
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