Riverside Christian Academy’s varsity football team won its last regular season game of 2019 on Friday night. The Knights defeated the South Haven Christian School Patriots 60-24 on Senior Night.
“It’s great to get back in the win column before we head into the first round of the playoffs. I wanted to come out and set the tone as we will play South Haven again next week. I feel like we were successful in that,” said RCA Head Coach Travis Creasy.
On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback David Black passed for 225 yards, four touchdowns and four two-point conversions. Michael Black had four catches for 140 yards, two touchdowns and one two-point conversion. Crutcher Ezell had three catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, Raymond Hunt ran the ball for 96 yards and one two-point conversion. David Black also scored a touchdown on a run and two two-point conversions. Sammy Morris caught two passes for two-point conversions.
“Offensively, I thought that we controlled the game even though we didn’t protect the ball very well. We will work on that this week because that is something we have to eliminate going into the postseason,” said Coach Creasy.
On the defensive side of the ball, Crutcher Ezell had two interceptions (one for a touchdown), 14 total tackles. Michael Black had two interceptions and two tackles. Michael Whiddon had six tackles, one sack, a fumble caused and a fumble recovery.
“It was a good team effort on the defensive side of the ball. Two of their scores came late in the game. Riley Hall and Michael Whiddon did a good job up front and allowed Ezell to clean up running backs. Michael Black did a good job in the secondary setting up three turnovers,” said Coach Creasy.
On special teams, Crutcher Ezell had a 48-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Riley Hall had eight total kickoffs for 422 yards with one touchback.
“Riley Hall did a good job kicking the ball; unfortunately, we gave up a return for a touchdown. Crutcher Ezell had a very athletic play to return an onside kick for a touchdown right after halftime, which I felt took a lot of the air out of South Haven,” said Coach Creasy. “I’m really proud of this team for being undefeated at home. It says a lot about our seniors and their tremendous leadership. We will need that going forward as we will go on the road to South Haven. It’s difficult to beat a team two times, especially in back-to-back games. I have faith in our team and coaching staff to get the job done.”
The Knights will play South Haven again this Friday night in the first round of the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference playoffs.