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Ravenwood bottles up Clarksville, cruises to 46-0 win

Ravenwood's Ryan O'Leary (68) leads Taylor Warren (28) around the corner towards the end zone in the Raptors' 46-0 win over Clarksville last night. Warren finished the game with 55 yards and a touchdown rushing.

Photo Courtesy of Rebecca Smeltzer

Right : Grayson Linde (43) holds as Ethan White (99) tacks on one of the ten points he scored with his foot Friday night in Ravenwood's 46-0 win over Clarksville.  White hit four extra points and added field goals of 38 and 39 yards.

Photo Courtesy of Rebecca Smeltzer

Ravenwood’s Raptors moved to 2-0 with another convincing win, shutting out Clarksville 46-0 Friday night.

Ravenwood started quick going up 23-0 in the first minute of the second quarter as receiver Van Jefferson had another big night.

Jefferson and quarterback Avery Jankowski connected on two first half touchdowns to help the Raptors jump out to a lead. Last week, Jefferson had 6 grabs for 162 yards and four touchdowns. The junior is catching eyes across the college football world as well as his head coach’s.

“He’s an explosive kid,” head coach Will Hester said. “He’s fun to watch. I have to be careful not to watch him instead of worrying about calling the next play. He’s a good football player and we have a lot of good football players. Van is going to make a lot of kids on this team better by opening up some things for them and we have to do a good job of executing when we have those opportunities.”

A consistent rushing effort by the Seth and Chris Rowland duo complemented the air attack of Jankowksi and Jefferson throughout the game. Seth Rowland scored two touchdowns and Chris led the team in rushing with a hardnosed style.

“The Rowlands are always going to run hard,” Hester said. “You know what you’re going to get from them.”

In the season opener, Ravenwood blew out Stewarts Creek to a score of 55-6, but gave up a late touchdown to ruin the shutout. This week the defense closed the door on the shut out by blocking a Clarksville field goal late in the fourth.

“Those guys work hard and that’s their goal every week,” Hester said. “I joke around with Coach (Daniel) Keel that if they don’t score we can’t lose. They didn’t score this week and in the grand scheme of things if we hadn’t done very well on offense we could’ve still won the football game.”

Even though the Hester era has begun by outscoring their first two opponents 101-6, the first year coach knows his team isn’t where they need to be to be consistent in this district.

“We didn’t execute real well, too many stupid penalties,” Hester said. “We didn’t block well in the second quarter and I didn’t like the way we finished the half. We did a little better when we came out with our intensity level in the third quarter. When we have the opportunity to put somebody away we have to be able to do that.”

The Raptors will have time to correct their mistakes during the bye week that comes this week. Hester is giving his players the Labor Day holiday off and then the focus shifts on LaVergne, where Hester was previously the head man.

“I’ve spent a lot of my life there, yep. I haven’t played against them as a head coach. It’ll be different. I’ve never coached a game from that other sideline so it’s going to be interesting to look across that field from a different point of view.”

Posted on: 8/31/2013


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