Riverside Christian Academy’s middle school football program took home its first win in eight-man football last Tuesday night in a 58-24 victory over Lighthouse Christian School.
“One of my top priorities in taking over the program was to get our middle school program back in the win column,” said RCA’s Head Coach Travis Creasy. “I’m very excited about how our team played last week against Lighthouse.”
The Knights had several players who contributed to the 58-point total. Logan Crabtree made an interception and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown; he also had touchdown runs of 44, 24 and 6 yards; a kickoff return of 45 yards for a touchdown; and a two-point conversion run for a total of 32 points.
Storm Smith contributed six points to the Knights’ total on two two-point conversion receptions from quarterback Eli Wright and one two-point conversion run. Adam Hamilton scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery of 11 yards. Jacob Anderson carried the ball nine yards to the end zone for six more points. Nathan Cline scored a touchdown on a one-yard run, and John Trahin contributed two points on a two-point conversion run.
“It was great seeing so many of these young men get involved in the game by doing what they’ve been coached to do. It was a lot of the players’ first opportunity to touch the football, and it was great to see them play with confidence,” said Creasy.
RCA’s defense played at a high level, as well. Several young players made big plays including caused fumbles, fumble recoveries, sacks and interceptions.
Creasy said the Knights’ special teams standout player has been eighth-grader Nathan Cline who has had at least two onside kick recoveries in each of RCA’s games this season.
The Knights will play St. Andrews Sewanee on Thursday night at home. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.
“I’m looking forward to seeing these kids get their first experience playing St. Andrews. They’re a team that we’ve had some great contests with in the past. Our schools have had a good relationship with each other, and we always play each other tough,” said Creasy.