Riverside Christian Academy’s varsity football team was handed their second loss of the season on Friday night by Lancaster Christian Academy.

The final score was LCA, 72, RCA, 36.

“We knew it would be a tough challenge for our team, but a good one. We had a lot of big plays, but they had more. We have played ourselves into the playoffs and would love another opportunity to play Lancaster. We certainly have a lot of work to do,” said RCA Head Coach Travis Creasy.

On offense, RCA’s quarterback David Black passed for 216 yards and three touchdowns. Crutcher Ezell caught two touchdown passes, and Michael Black caught one. On the ground, Crutcher Ezell had 10 carries for 187 yards and one touchdown. Raymond Hunt, Crutcher Ezell and David Black each scored a two-point conversion.

“On offense, we had several opportunities in their territory that we just couldn’t finish off. That’s been the story in both of our losses, and if we want to make a run at the conference, we will have to get better at finishing drives,” said Coach Creasy.

On the defensive side of the ball, Michael Black and Michael Whiddon led the Knights in tackles with 10 each. Crutcher Ezell had seven tackles and a tackle for loss, and Riley Hall had five tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack. Michael Black and Michael Morris each defended nine passes, and Sammy Morris defended seven.

“I feel like our defense gave us enough opportunities to keep it close. The second half they improved, but we were not able to consistently get pressure and cover their wideouts,” said Coach Creasy.

On special teams, Sammy Morris was the Knights’ most consistent return man with five returns for 90 yards.

“Sammy was able to make some great returns and force Lancaster to onside kick,” said Coach Creasy.

The Knights will play South Haven Christian Academy at home on Oct. 18. It will be RCA’s last home game of the season. The seniors will be honored before kickoff.

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