Brian Rector was glad to get rid of Ravenwood’s zero in the win column Friday night. The Raptors’ coach was pleased with his team’s 34-6 spanking of Page in Rudderville.
“The kids played hard and were happy to finally get a win,” Rector said. “Now they can stop having that zero plastered in the paper.”
Corey Laidlaw rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns, while Michael Ayers and John Wilson also added rushing TDs for the Raptors (1-2). Kicker John Lopez also booted two field goals on the night, a 34-yarder and a 32-yarder.
“Our offense did a fine job of running the football,” Rector said. “We also reduced the amount of errors. I was happy with the way we held on to the ball and protected it.”
Adam Presley was again manning the quarterback position for Ravenwood, with Michael Becker still out recovering from a cracked bone in his knee. With Becker’s status currently “week to week,” Rector said, it makes it more important to expose Presley to more of the offense.
“We have a simple game plan when (Adam)’s in there,” he said. “We hope to expand that as we continue to give him reps.” The timetable for Becker’s return is unknown, Rector said, it all depends on his rehab work and what the doctors are telling him.
Ravenwood faces cross-town rival Brentwood this week, after the Bruins (1-2) had Friday off.
Fairview 28, Hickman County 21. The Yellow Jackets played a barn-burner in Centerville, with a Ben Johnson QB sneak being the difference for Fairview (3-0) to stay unbeaten.
The Jackets never led by more than seven in the game, and Hickman (1-3) rallied to tie three times.
“In the past you might jump out on Hickman and they might lay down,” Fairview coach Mark Matykiewicz said. “But they hung in there and fought, and that’s a credit to their staff.”
Michael Degalliford scored three times for the Jackets, twice on the ground and a third TD on a blocked punt return. He finished with 182 yards and the two rushing TDs.
“Our O-line did a great job,” Matykiewicz said. “We took advantage of what they were giving us.”
Defensively the Jackets were led by Sam Gulizia’s four interceptions in the game, which is good enough for an entire season for some players. Jed Baldoni had seven tackles and a forced fumble for Fairview, Cole Cassidy had six, Gulizia had six and Justin Dowdy had five to go along with blocking the punt in the first quarter.
“It was a fun game,” Matykiewicz said. “It was nip and tuck the whole way.”
Brentwood Acad. 24, Meridian, Miss. 14. A John Garrett interception set up the clinching touchdown for the Eagles Friday night, as they beat the defending Class 5A runners-up in Mississippi.
Chris Jordan, Trent Caffee and Ryan White all scored on touchdown runs for BA (4-0), with Jordan’s 8-yard scamper in the fourth quarter sealing the deal.
Meridian (1-2), trailing 17-14, had been driving until Garrett stepped in front of a receiver and picked off Wildcats’ QB Walton Mitts, returning it deep into Meridian territory.
The game was tied at 14 at the half, and Tyler Baker added a 23-yard field goal in the third quarter to give the Eagles that cushion.
Jordan led BA in rushing with 150 yards and the one TD on 20 carries, white had 43 yards and a TD on nine carries and Caffee had eight carries for 33 yards to go along with his superb passing performance (9-10, 102 yards).
Receivers Bill Kottas and John Garrett each had 51 yards receiving, with Kottas catching five passes and Garrett snagging four.
BA is on the road again this week, traveling to Chattanooga for a Division II showdown with McCallie.
Blackman 30, Centennial 6. Blackman ended nearly a two-year losing streak against the Cougars Friday night, throttling Centennial for the Blaze’s first win since October 2004.
Blackman (1-3) led 30-0 before a 92-yard touchdown pass from Centennial QB Chase Barlar to Frashod Barlow put the Cougars (0-3) on the scoreboard. Barlar’s point after was no good, so the final stood at 30-6.
Blake Bragg had 106 yards rushing for the Blaze, while All-Ante McLemore was Centennial’s leading rusher with 43 yards.
Centennial takes on Clarksville Northeast this week at home.
Montgomery Bell Acad. 28, Christ Pres. Acad. 21. CPA made things interesting in the fourth quarter, but the Lions didn’t have enough to rally from a 28-6 deficit and beat the Big Red on their new field turf.
Austin Harrison had 75 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Lions (2-1), while CPA quarterback Connor Lowery threw for 155 yards on 8-of-29 passing. Richard Sharp caught two Lowery TD tosses, including a 75-yarder in the first half that cut into a 14-0 MBA lead to make the halftime score 14-6.
MBA (3-1) fumbled midway through the fourth and CPA was able to capitalize with Harrison scoring from a yard out. The Lions later scored with just seconds remaining on a Lowery-to-Sharp 7-yard TD pass.
CPA hosts region foe Harpeth this week.
Franklin 23, Father Ryan 3. Franklin continued its strong defensive play this season, holding the Irish out of the end zone and avenging last year’s 27-14 loss to Ryan.
Todd Campbell had a breakout game for Franklin (4-0), as did quarterback Ramsey Sellers, who played in the game from start to finish. Campbell had five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown, while Sellers had 135 yards on 7-of-15 passing.
Josh Frohock and Sellers also scored touchdowns on the ground for the Rebels, while kicker John Thomas kicked a 43-yard field goal. Chase Hancock had the only points for Ryan (2-1) with a 30-yard field goal.
Franklin takes on fellow unbeaten Independence (3-0) this week.