SMYRNA -- Cane Ridge's offense, defense and special teams all made big plays Friday night at Robert L. Raikes Stadium as the Ravens easily put away the Smyrna Bulldogs 48-7 and improved to 4-0 in Region 5-6A play.
Cane Ridge got off to a fast start, scoring two touchdowns in its first five plays. On Cane Ridge’s second play from scrimmage, Ty’Roid Good broke lose for a 42-yard score. Two minutes later, Joshua Dawkins ran it in from a yard out and in a blink the Ravens had the Bulldogs in a 14-0 hole.
“We wanted to preach a killer instinct,” Cane Ridge coach Eddie Woods said. “We have so many dynamic guys on offense. We just think that if we go up and get on top of people then we can dictate what their offense does.”
Cane Ridge quarterback Xayvion Clemmons was in total control of the Raven offense. Clemmons threw four touchdowns: two went to Good (17 and 24 yards), Adonai Mitchell caught a 19-yard pass, and the fourth was a 30-yard strike to Quenton Barnes Jr.
"Our quarterback has been back since week three, so we were trying to get him going,” Woods said of Clemmons. “He adjusted well. I thought he used his technique better now he’s getting back in game shape.”
In addition to Clemmons using his full arsenal of receivers, the Ravens had three different players rush for touchdowns. Jaylyn Pleasant followed Good and Dawkins’ lead and rip off a 46-yard score in the fourth quarter for Cane Ridge’s final points of the night.
“Sometimes we don’t know how people are going to play us so we always have two game plans,” Woods said. “They kind of played a soft, cover two at first. We kind of figured they or may not play two-high. We just took advantage of the middle of the field.”
While the Raven offense was dynamic, the Cane Ridge defense suffocated the Bulldogs. The Ravens intercepted Smyrna’s quarterbacks three times, forced a fumble late in the first half and held the Bulldogs’ talented group of running backs in check all night long.
“Our defense is not shabby,” Woods said. “We lined up well, we run blitzed; we practiced a lot of that. Sometimes we got up field too much and they kind of creased us a little bit, but as long as we play down the line we were fine.”
The Cane Ridge special teams also made impact plays. Senior kicker Mark Charco made six of seven extra point attempts and the Ravens were able to block a Noah Shalz punt in the fourth quarter.
“It was a good effort,” Woods said. “We’ve got some things we need to clean up, but we’ll be fine.”
While there was plenty to rave about for the Cane Ridge side, Smyrna had a disappointing night. The lone bright spot was a Landon Miller throw to tight end Dallas Walker for a 21-yard score.
“We’re going to have to get better,” Smyrna coach Matt Williams said. “The problem I had was I thought we played like we were intimidated and that’s not something we’ve done around here, and I’m a little disappointed in that.”