Riverside Christian Academy’s varsity football team continued its win streak last week with a 32-18 win over the St. Andrews Sewanee Mountain Lions.
“It’s important that we have started our season 2-0 in our division. It gives us a great advantage as we head into the meat of our schedule,” said RCA’s Head Football Coach Travis Creasy.
On the offensive side of the ball, John Trahin led the Knights in rushing with nine carries for 73 yards and a touchdown, and Raymond Hunt had five carries for 30 yards. Crutcher Ezell led the Knights in receiving with four catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Jake Rubelsky also connected with Raymond Hunt three times for a total of 42 yards.
“With Crutcher Ezell returning, we seem to be getting better on the offensive side of the ball, but we still have a long way to go. We will look to improve on communication and getting more people involved,” said Creasy.
On defense, Riley Hall and Jonathan Knotts led the Knights in tackles; Knotts had 16 total tackles, and Hall had 15. Crutcher Ezell made two interceptions, and Riley Hall made one.
“I feel like we had a really good strategy going into the game. The guys on our defensive front really made the difference in securing the win. We were able to reset the line of scrimmage and allow our linebackers to make a difference,” said Creasy.
The Knights scored two special teams touchdowns against SAS with a punt return for a touchdown by Michael Black, and Sammy Morris recovered a mishandled punt in the end zone for a touchdown.
“Michael Black, for the third week in a row, has made an impact play in a different aspect of the game. He has been a difference maker for our team. I’m excited to see what else Sammy Morris can do in the coming weeks,” said Creasy.
The Knights will renew their rivalry with Lancaster Christian Academy this Friday night at RCA. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Knights, by the numbers
Knights win over St. Andrews-Sewanee, 32-18, improve to 2-0 in division
Rushing: RCA had 139 yards rushing. John Trahin had 9 carries for 73 yards, 1 TD; Raymond Hunt, 5 carries for 30 yards; Jake Rubelsky, 6 carries for 23 yards; Crutcher Ezell, 5 carries for 12 yards; Levi Ogle, 1 carry for 1 yard
Passing: Knights had 189 receiving yards. Jake Rubelsky went 11 of 28 for 167 yards, 2 TDs. Crutcher Ezell had 4 receptions for 97 yards, 2 TDs; Raymond Hunt had 3 receptions for 42 yards; John Trahin, 2 for 35 yards; Michael Black, 1 for 15 yards
Defense: The Knights held Riley Hall led with 10 tackles; John Trahin, 8 tackles, including a sack; Jonathan Knotts, 6; Raymond Hunt, Crutcher Ezell, Sammy Morris, Levi Ogle, 2 tackles each; Michael Whiddon, Patrick Simms, Michael Black, 1 each. Crutcher Ezell had 2 interceptions and Riley Hall, 1
Kicking: Riley Hall punted 6 times for 180 yards, with a long of 31 yards
Special teams: Michael Black returned a punt for a touchdown, and Sammy Morris recovered a mishandled punt in the end zone for a TD.