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Riverside Christian Academy’s varsity football team won an out-of-conference matchup on Friday night against the Freedom Cowboys from Huntsville, Ala. The Knights defeated the Cowboys 56-20 for their third win of the season.

“We played our best football game of the season Friday night. We had a lot of people contribute to the win. It is very important as we hit the halfway point of our season,” said RCA’s Head Coach Travis Creasy.

The Knights’ senior quarterback David Black completed 14 of 15 pass attempts for four touchdowns. David connected with his brother, Michael Black, for two touchdowns, one of which was a 56-yard completion. David also connected with Crutcher Ezell and Sammy Morris for touchdowns through the air.

The Knights’ sophomore quarterback Jake Rubelsky led the Knights in the run game with five carries for 149 yards and one touchdown. Crutcher Ezell also scored two touchdowns on running plays for the Knights. RCA scored 14 points on seven two-point conversion attempts; four Knights scored two-point conversions, including Jake Rubelsky (2), Sammy Morris (3), Shane Morris (1) and David Black (1).

“It was good to see David spread the ball around to all the playmakers. When he is good at distributing the ball, we are hard to stop. Jake was able to come in and seal the victory for us. He does a good job of staying ready,” said Coach Creasy.

On the defensive side of the ball, Crutcher Ezell, Riley Hall and Jonathan Knotts led the Knights in tackles. Crutcher had nine total tackles, Riley had eight tackles and one tackle for loss, and Jonathan had seven tackles and two tackles for loss. Raymond Hunt also had seven tackles and a tackle for loss, Sammy Morris had six tackles and a tackle for loss and Marcus Whitworth had six tackles.

The defense also had six turnovers. Marcus Whitworth and Michael Whiddon each caused a fumble, while Sammy Morris recovered two fumbles, and both of his brothers, Michael and Shane Morris, each recovered one fumble. Also, Sammy and Michael Black each intercepted a pass from the Cowboys.

“Crutcher made plays all over the field, especially one where he stopped Freedom from scoring a two-point conversion early in the game; that stop helped us push our lead to 10 after our next score. Our defense really settled in, only giving up six more points in the next three quarters. It was a great team effort on that side of the ball, as well,” said Coach Creasy.

On special teams, kicker Riley Hall had a great game with eight kickoffs for 444 yards with three touchbacks.

“Now is not a time for us to get complacent. We have to take the next step, and that starts with FCA for a playoff spot on Friday night. We need all the support we can on Friday night for homecoming as we battle for a playoff spot in our conference,” said Coach Creasy.

The Knights will play Franklin Christian Academy on Friday night for homecoming. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. with homecoming festivities beginning at 6:45 p.m.

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