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Raptors score early, often in 55-6 win

Ravenwood's Chris Rowland fights for extra yardage in the Raptor's 55-6 win over Stewarts Creek Friday night.
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Ravenwood scored twice in every quarter as the Raptors welcomed new head coach Will Hester to Wilson Pike in style with a 55-6 win over visiting Stewarts Creek.

“Let’s keep this in perspective,” said Hester celebrating the win.  “That’s a very good coach over there in David Martin and a very good staff, but they are working with kids who are having to play varsity football right out of the box.   They did a great job of giving good effort and playing with heart, but our kids executed well.  But we’ve still got a long way to go.”

The Raptors came out executing defensively on the first play of the game when Jacob Smith and Taylor Warren dropped the Red Hawks for a five yard loss.  Forced to punt three plays later, Ravenwood’s Seth Rowland rambled 45 yards on his team’s second play from scrimmage for a touchdown.  The score was called back for a holding penalty.

Will Hester likes what he sees in his first game as the new head coach at Ravenwood.
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It took Ravenwood two plays to correct the mistake, as Avery Jankowski hit junior standout Van Jefferson on a fly pattern down the left side for a 26-yard score.  Three minutes later the pair hooked up for the second of their three touchdowns, a 51-yarder on the same route giving Ravenwood a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

Jankowski finished the game hitting 9-of-11 passes for 164 yards, 3 touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 297.1 for the contest.  Jefferson caught six passes for 152 yards and 4 touchdowns.

“Avery has had a great off-season and he’s stepped up in every situation, so we were expecting good things.  But he’s not the only weapon we have on offense.”

Jankowski is not the only quarterback in the arsenal either as Ryan Smeltzer threw only one pass, a 45-yard touchdown completion to Jefferson.  On the ground, brothers Chris (7 carries, 38 yards) and Seth (6 carries, 16 yards) Rowland accounted for more than half of the ground offense for Ravenwood, as the Raptors rolled up 100 yards rushing.

One of the highlights of the night was a pair of 2-yard touchdown runs, one by Joe Wellbourne and another another by Ryan Geltch.  Both are lineman by trade who were recruited from the Raptors’ state championship rugby team.

“Yeah, coach came out and watched us play and said we’d have a chance to run the ball in our Thunder package and I got my first touchdown tonight,” said Geltch. “I’m pretty excited.”

But offense was not the only standout for Ravenwood.    Twenty Raptors recorded tackles, seven made tackles for a loss and Chris Wein, Robert Pomeroy and John Cockerham all recorded interceptions.  Garrison Jeronimus had the defensive play of the the game, hitting a Stewart Creek running back head-on, stripping the ball from his hands and blazing 40 yards for a touchdown.

The celebrating will end quickly as the Raptors start to prepare for Clarksville next week and the visiting Wildcats will be a testy bunch after dropping a 22-21 contest to Goodpasture last night.  But the thought of going to work does not worry Hester in the least.

“I can tell you what I’ve seen since January and that is this team is a hard working bunch of kids and I’m proud to be a part of them and proud to be a Raptor.”

Posted on: 8/23/2013


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