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Raptors win first of season

Additional time was needed Friday night as Ravenwood (1-5, 1-2) defeated Franklin (4-3, 1-2) 20-14, earning their first win in 13 games. 


Riding the arms and legs of their preseason fourth-string quarterback, Avery Jankowski, the Raptors ruined the Rebels' evening. Jankowski, who came in for starter Connor Rietveld after he injured his shoulder on the second play from scrimmage, went 6-7 for 83 yards and rushed 13 times for 58 yards and two touchdowns.


"I can't explain the feeling right now," said Jankowski when asked about how it felt to get the first win of the season. "This is probably the best feeling I've ever had in my entire life. Nothing compares to tonight."


The first half was mostly uneventful, with only Jankowski scoring on a 1-yard touchdown plunge and giving the Raptors a 7-0 lead while both teams played stout defensively.


As is often the case this season, Franklin came alive in the second half but so did the mistakes. The Rebels drove down the field methodically on their first possession in third, using the legs of Colton Morrison. The running back finished the night with a staggering 164 yards on 19 carries. However, the Franklin drive stalled as they failed to convert a fourth-and-goal.


After taking over on their own 6-yard line following a Ravenwood punt, the Rebels went three and out and the bobbled snap on the punt, giving the ball to the Raptors at the Franklin 1-yard line. One play later, Ravenwood had taken a 14-point lead.


Franklin put together a wonderful drive following the mishap, a seven-play, 66-yard touchdown drive that kept the game within reach at 14-7. The Rebels on a drive early in the fourth quarter went sour as quarterback Joe Critchlow fumbled deep in Raptors’ territory. The game seemed to have all but slipped away with the fumble but six plays later Ravenwood returned the favor with a fumble of their own.


Franklin turned the Raptors' turnover into points on a 15-yard pass from Critchlow to Max Taylor, tying the game at 14-14 with 2:30 to go in the game.


Ravenwood then marched the ball down the field and into field goal range, however the potential game-winning 30-yard field goal was no good as time expired, thanks, in part, to the timeout taken by Franklin coach Donnie Web to ice the kicker.


After losing the toss in overtime, Ravenwood started with the ball and in two plays, sophomore Seth Rowland plowed into the end zone. However, Franklin blocked the extra-point attempt, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.


Starting at the Ravenwood 10-yard line, Franklin gave up two consecutive sacks and then an incompletion. Marking the ball at the 30-yard line for a fourth-and-goal to win the game, the Franklin pass was tipped by a receiver, short-hopped and looked as though another Franklin receiver had caught it but was correctly ruled incomplete.


"I'm so happy for our players," said Ravenwood Coach Joe Rietveld. "They came to work on Monday, when a lot of kids would have packed it in after an 0-5 start. Playing those tough games like Brentwood and Siegel back-to-back prepared us for this. If there is a definition for perseverance, I think our picture as a team is right next to it."


Ravenwood will hope to build on this win as they prepare to face Oakland (4-3) at home next Friday, while Franklin will look to bounce back in their homecoming game against Lawrence County (2-5).


Posted on: 10/1/2012


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