Brentwood Academy needed a spark against Ravenwood Friday night, and Chris Jordan was happy to oblige. The junior tailback rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns to help BA rally and send its cross-town battle with the Raptors to overtime, where the Eagles prevailed 36-35 after Ravenwood failed on its two-point conversion attempt after scoring on its OT possession.
“We didn’t have any momentum,” Jordan said. “We had to get back together as a team.”
John Garrett caught a 10-yard TD pass from BA quarterback Trent Caffee on the first play of overtime, and Tyler Baker converted the point-after to put the Eagles (2-0) ahead for good.
“Ravenwood’s a great team,” Caffee said. “They came prepared to stop almost all aspects of our game. They deserve a ton of credit.”
Ravenwood (0-1) went up 29-21 on a Michael Becker 1-yard TD run with just over seven minutes left, but the extra point was blocked. BA scored on its ensuing possession, though, getting a 52-yard touchdown run from Jordan along with a two-point conversion to tie things at 29.
“I was determined to score a touchdown,” Jordan said. “Coach (Flatt) called the play — left 26 counter — I saw the opening, and just ate up the field.”
“(Jordan) got us back in the game and gave us a chance,” Caffee said. “That chance paid off.”
After BA scored in OT, Ravenwood scored in one play as well on Michael Ayers’ 10-yard end around run. Raptors’ coach Brian Rector elected to go for two, and Becker’s pass into the end zone was batted away by Jordan.
“I think it was the smart move going for two,” Becker said. “We came up short, but we’ll keep fighting next week against Franklin.”
Offensively Ravenwood could do little wrong, with Becker ripping through the BA defense for three TDs and 74 yards on the ground to go along with 184 yards through the air. Chris Carter was Becker’s favorite receiving target, catching seven passes for 121 of the 184 yards. In the end it wasn’t enough, though.
“Our line is absolutely great this year,” Becker said. “They do everything for me. A lot of people talked about this as a rebuilding year, but we think of it as a reloading year.
“We still have confidence on offense and defense. We made some great plays out there.”
On the other side, BA shot itself in the foot with costly penalties on both sides of the ball along with three turnovers, making for a frustrated Flatt especially after his team played so well last week against duPont Manual (Ky.).
“(Ravenwood) did a good job,” he said. “I’ve been in these situations before where things just don’t work out right. I thought we had the best players, but they outplayed us. It was a very frustrating thing to watch.
“We have to play better than this, or we’re in trouble.”
The Eagles scored on their first possession of the game, driving 70 yards in just eight plays to have Ryan White score on a 14-yard run. Jordan carried four times on the drive for 51 yards, including 40 of that on his first two touches of the game. Ravenwood answered with an 8-yard run from Becker at the 11:06 mark of the second quarter to tie things at 7, but BA answered back with a 47-yard Caffee-to-Bill Kottas TD pass for a 14-7 lead just 15 seconds later.
John Lopez added two field goals (33 and 39 yards) before the half to make it 14-13 in favor of BA at the break. The Raptors scored late in the third on a Becker 1-yard run to take a 20-14 lead, only to see BA answer on a 7-yard run from Jordan just 25 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Lopez added a 23-yard field goal to give the Raptors the lead at 23-21, and Ravenwood capitalized on a BA turnover when Scott Ford intercepted Eagle backup QB Drew Bledsoe and returned the ball to the 18. Becker scored his third TD of the night four plays later, but the Lopez extra point was blocked to give the Raptors a 29-21 lead before Jordan’s 52-yard jaunt to tie it.
Ravenwood hosts region and county rival Franklin this week, while BA travels to Chattanooga to face Baylor.