The Knights of Riverside Christian Academy were defeated by Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference (MTAC) varsity football leader, The Webb School, on Friday night. Webb defeated the Knights in a 49-6 rout.
“We came in the game with a strategy to try and limit their depth advantage with some deep passes to the end zone, while using the full 25-second play clock, but we weren’t successful in the passing game. We also wanted to force them on defense to drive the field, but we weren’t physical enough at the point of attack which helped them get some big gain plays over us,” said RCA’s Head Coach Travis Creasy.
Webb scored three touchdowns in the first quarter on running plays and made all three point-after-touchdown kicks for a score of 21-0.
Webb’s running back scored on a run to the end zone at the beginning of the second quarter. The two-point conversion attempt was good for a 29-0 score.
RCA’s only touchdown of the night came on a 33-yard pass from Josh Brooks to Seth Finch with 3:43 left in the half.
The Webb running back scored another touchdown on the kickoff return immediately following Finch’s touchdown. The point-after-touchdown attempt was good for a score of 36-6.
Webb scored one more touchdown before the half on an 80-yard run, but the point-after-touchdown kick was blocked for a score of 42-6.
The last score of the game came on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. Webb scored another touchdown on a kickoff return of 80 yards and made the point-after-touchdown attempt for the final score of 49-6.
“I told our guys at the end of the game as a team we have a lot of work to do. We have some guys who give good effort consistently, but we have to work as a team. We’re blessed with another opportunity to get better this week,” said Creasy.
Josh Brooks started out the game playing quarterback until he injured his throwing hand; he moved to receiver at that point in the game.
“Josh gave a lot of effort even when things were not going well. He played through injury on both offense and defense and refused to quit,” said Creasy.
Ryan Eldridge was the Knights’ special teams standout of the week; he recovered a Webb fumble on a punt return for a 35-yard RCA gain.
“Senior, Zach McCormick, and junior, Glenn Hammons, along with Josh Brooks, are our most consistent effort leaders,” said Creasy. “They consistently come in and give 100 percent play-in and play-out.”
The Knights will travel to Jackson on Friday for a rematch of the 2012 MTAC championship game against Sacred Heart of Jesus High School.
“We know Sacred Heart will be looking forward to us traveling to Jackson. We will need to be prepared to play the best game to this point in the season,” said Creasy.