Riverside Christian Academy’s varsity football team shut out Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference (MTAC) rival Franklin Christian Academy Falcons, 34-0, on Friday night for a homecoming victory.

The Knights also secured a spot in the MTAC football playoffs with the win.

“We had a lot of things competing for our focus this week with all of the homecoming festivities, but we were able to come out and get a big win with post season implications. The seniors did a good job of working hard all week in practice, and of course, that influences the underclassmen to do the same,” said RCA’s Head Coach Travis Creasy.

On offense, RCA’s quarterback, David Black, completed 17 of 21 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns. Sammy Morris led the Knights in receiving with seven catches for 152 yards and one touchdown. Crutcher Ezell also had seven catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns, and Shane Morris had one 43-yard touchdown catch. Michael Black scored the Knights’ only two-point conversion.

“Coach O’Neal did a great job game planning for the Falcons defense, and David did a good job of taking what they gave us. Ezell and Sammy were a one, two punch. We also had other contributors that we’ve been looking for throughout the season. We need them to carry more of the load going forward,” said Creasy.

On the defensive side of the ball, Crutcher Ezell led the team in tackles with 10, a tackle for loss and a 12-yard sack resulting in a safety. Michael Whiddon and Riley Hall each contributed six tackles, and Patrick Simms and Shane Morris each had five tackles. In the secondary, Sammy Morris, Marcus Whitworth and Michael Black each defended three passes. Michael Black also had three interceptions, and Riley Hall had one interception to keep the Falcons from scoring.

“Coach Eaton had the defense prepared to be stingy. Even when FCA had big plays, we had guys who never gave up and pursued to the end. Their pursuit ended in tackles that would lead to goal line stops. We don’t ever want our guys to quit or give up on the play. They responded to their coaching on Friday night,” said Coach Creasy.

The Knights will travel to Mt. Juliet on Friday night to play the Middle Tennessee Heat. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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