Knights win 62-26 over Franklin Classical

The Riverside Christian Academy Knights got a second big win in varsity football on Friday night against Franklin Classical School. The final score was 62-26.

RCA’s starting quarterback Jake Rubelsky completed three passes for touchdowns. Michael Whiddon came in to play quarterback once the game was in hand; he completed three of three passes for one touchdown. Both quarterbacks also scored on two-point conversions; Rubelsky had two and Whiddon had one. Senior Crutcher Ezell caught all four of RCA’s touchdown passes. The offensive attack on the ground was also led by Crutcher Ezell who had 13 carries for 148 yards and one touchdown. Raymond Hunt had nine carries for 100 yards and one touchdown and Jake Rubelsky had 11 carries for 61 yards and one touchdown.

“Our offense came out on the first play and scored on a long run, and never looked back. We talked about playing four quarters all week, and I believe we did that on Friday,” said RCA’s Head Coach Travis Creasy.

Crutcher also led the Knights’ defensive attack with nine tackles, four for a loss, and one sack. Michael Whiddon contributed two sacks and eight tackles, three for loss, and Raymond Hunt had five tackles. Patrick Simms also had a big sack for a loss of 25 yards. RCA’s defensive pass protection game was on point with Raymond Hunt and Marcus Whitworth making interceptions. Hunt defended five more passes and Whitworth and Dylan Laflair each defended three passes. Whitworth also caused a fumble and Crutcher Ezell and Michael Whiddon each recovered a fumble; Whiddon’s fumble recovery was a snap over the FCS quarterback’s head in the endzone for a defensive touchdown. Crutcher Ezell also scored two defensive points on a tackle in the endzone for a safety.

“As dominant as the offense was, our defense seemed to be even more so. Crutcher and Michael harassed the quarterback all night long, and the rest of the team swarmed to the ball as well,” said Coach Creasy.

On special teams, Raymond Hunt scored a touchdown on a 44-yard punt return for the Knights.Hunt had 213 all purpose yards for the night, including: 100 yards rushing, 2 yards receiving, a 44-yard punt return, and a 67-yard interception return.

“I was very pleased with the response from our guys following the adversity they played through last week. I felt like we played our most complete game this year. We still have a lot to improve as we head into this week’s division match-up,” said Creasy.

The Knights will travel to Franklin for the second week in a row to play Franklin Christian Academy on Friday night. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.