RCA looks to repeat as MTAC champs

Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm

The Knights of Riverside Christian Academy will play in the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference Championship game for the second year after their 52-36 win over of the Hendersonville Christian Academy Crusaders on Friday night.

“This is a huge win that accomplished two goals we had before the season began: to be the winningest team in the program’s history and to get to the championship game. The boys have worked hard, and because of that, they have an opportunity to accomplish a big one Friday night,” said RCA’s Head Coach Travis Creasy.

Riverside Christian Academy’s Luke Eakes (83) and Logan Crabtree (2) move in for the tackle during Friday night’s game against Henderson-ville Christian. The Knights’ win put the team in a position to repeat as Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference champs. ~ Photo by Evan Buck

Riverside Christian Academy’s Luke Eakes (83) and Logan Crabtree (2) move in for the tackle during Friday night’s game against Henderson-ville Christian. ~ Photo by Evan Buck

On the offensive side of the ball, Quarterback Josh Brooks led the Knights in rushing with eight carries for 59 yards, two touchdowns and one two-point conversion. Sophomore fullback Josh Hill also contributed four carries for 19 yards and a two-point conversion.

In the passing game, Brooks completed 11 of 14 passes for 277 yards, three touchdowns and three two-point conversions.

Junior Ryan Eldridge led the Knights in receiving with four catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns, and senior Mason Forchetti contributed six catches for 129 yards, one touchdown, and two two-point conversions. Josh Hill also made one catch for a two-point conversion.

“I was proud of the way our guys came out and played through adversity. We had a few things not go our way early, and we kept playing hard. This will serve us well going forward,” said Creasy.

On the defensive side of the ball, Josh Brooks led the team with 16 tackles, two pass deflections and a fumble recovery for an 80-yard touchdown run.

RCA Knight Nathan Moose (22) pounds out the yards during action in the first quarter of Riverside Christian Academy’s game Friday against Hendersonville Christian. ~ Photo by Evan Buck

RCA Knight Nathan Moose (22) pounds out the yards during action in the first quarter of Riverside Christian Academy’s game Friday against Hendersonville Christian. ~ Photo by Evan Buck

Several other Knights contributed greatly to the team’s victory on the defensive side of the ball, including Mason Forchetti with eight tackles and a pass deflection; Jarrod Trahin with five tackles, a tackle for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery; Zach McCormick with six tackles and a caused fumble; Nathan Moose with a tackle, a tackle for loss and four sacks; and Josh Hill with three tackles, three tackles for loss and a caused fumble.

“Our guys played hard on defense with a team tackling mentality. Even when the play was downfield, we had linebackers and defensive linemen running to the ball to help with the stop. We will need this to continue if we want to have success this week,” said Creasy.

The Knights will play Franklin Christian Academy for the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference Championship on Friday at Currey Ingram Academy in Brentwood. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

“I’m excited for our program to reach this game once again. I’m proud of our seniors and what they have done for our program. They have a great opportunity to go out with another championship on Friday!” said Creasy.

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