FRANKLIN—Ravenwood looked like a team on a mission in Friday night's 35-0 whipping of Stewarts Creek in the first round of the 6A state playoffs.
The Raptors balanced attack kept Stewarts Creek defense confused and on their heels. Quarterback Brian Garcia threw for two touchdowns and a rushing touchdown, including going a perfect 12-for-12 passing in the first half. The rushing attack of Reggie Grimes and Tony Rice combined for two touchdowns as well.
“I thought we (Ravenwood) did a good job on all phases," Garcia said. "We ran the ball well, passed the ball well, and the o-line did very well tonight opening up holes and giving me time to throw the football.”
The defense of Ravenwood also had a spectacular performance, holding the explosive Amari Jelks in check for most of the game.
“Our front seven have been playing like animals recently," Ravenwood coach Matt Daniels said. "We’ve moved some guys around to where they can be effective and those guys are playing with a chip on their shoulders.”
Stewarts Creek couldn't get anything going on offense as it gained only 25 yards in the first half. The Red Hawks also had several defensive breakdowns.
“We wanted to milk the clock and keep it away from a great quarterback," Stewarts Creek coach Bert Browne said, but their athleticism made a difference and we got out of what we wanted to do early.”
The Red Hawks got into Ravenwood just territory twice and inside the red zone once and still could not find the end zone.
The Raptors improved to 9-1 on the season and will travel to Cane Ridge to take on the Ravens.
“We’ve gone to Cane Ridge the last two playoffs so it’s nothing new for our guys and they know how that game is going to go.” Daniels said.
“We’re going to celebrate tonight but we know next week we’ve got Cane Ridge and we have to be prepared because they’re going to be ready to play as well.” Garcia said.