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Riverside Christian Academy’s varsity football team defeated Franklin Classical School, 50-28, on Friday for the team’s first win of the season.

The Knights are now 1-1 in Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference (MTAC) play for the 2019 season.

“It’s good to see the team bounce back after the loss last week. The leadership showed up all week and demanded the team get better. We still have a long way to go to play a full game, but we’re making progress,” said RCA Head Coach Travis Creasy.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Knights were led by Crutcher Ezell in rushing with eight carries for 162 yards and one touchdown. Jake Rubelsky had four carries for 57 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback David Black threw four touchdowns, two to Crutcher Ezell, one to Michael Morris and one to Michael Black. Jake Rubelsky scored two two-point conversions and Sammy Morris scored one two-point conversion.

“Most of our points are coming off of big plays, but we need to be able to put together drives and run the ball. We still struggle to finish drives inside the 10 yard line. That will be a point of emphasis this week in practice,” said Coach Creasy.

On the defensive side of the ball, Riley Hall led the team in tackles with 16 and two tackles for loss. Crutcher Ezell contributed 13 tackles and two tackles for loss and Michael Whiddon had 11 tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack. Three Knights made interceptions; Sammy Morris, Michael Black, who returned the interception for 11 yards, and Crutcher Ezell, an interception with a 67-yard return for a touchdown.

The Knights were tested through the air by FCS, but Marcus Whitworth, Sammy Morris and Michael Black each successfully defended six passes. Raymond Hunt also tackled the FCS running back in the end zone for a safety early in the first quarter.

“28 points is a lot of points, but our defense only gave up six points in the second half. I feel like as much as they passed, we held up in coverage pretty well. Our defensive backs and defensive linemen both played their part, and we had success. We will work on tackling in space this week,” said Coach Creasy.

On special teams, Shane Morris blocked an extra point kick for the second week in a row. The Knights kicker, Riley Hall, had four touchbacks on kickoffs.

“We had a lot of mental breakdowns that kept FCS in the game. We have too much experience to repeat that mistake in the future. We don’t have any room for error, so we must improve every week,” said Coach Creasy.

The Knights will travel to Sewanee on Thursday to face off against the St. Andrews Mountain Lions. The game will kick off at 4 p.m.