The Ravenwood Raptors(7-1, 5-0) locked up a spot in the postseason on Thursday night with a 38-7 victory versus Region 3-6A rival Overton (4-3, 3-3).
The Raptors held the visiting Bobcats to 126 yards total offense while getting big games from Connor Jeffries, Chris Rowland and Andrew Rappe and scoring 38-straight points.
“Defense wins championships and anyone who tells you different is a fool,” said Ravenwood coach Will Hester.
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Raptors Take Off in Second Half
Hester started Morrow McCain at quarterback in place of Rappe, who did not complete a pass but ran for 100 yards last week. McCain struggled passing, getting the hook for Rappe after throwing an interception that led to an early Overton lead. After the pick, Theo Jackson ran around the end for a 9-yard Overton touchdown with 7:15 left in the first quarter to make it 7-0.
Jeffries, who rushed for 92 yards on 9 carries, quickly erased the Bobcat lead with a 50-yard touchdown run a few minutes later that capped a 5-play, 71-yard drive and tied the game 7-7.
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Late in the second quarter Rowland, who returned two punts for touchdowns against Lebanon last week, ripped off a 42-yard return to the Overton 2-yard line. With less than a minute left in the second quarter Rappe ran in a 2-yard touchdown to give the Raptors a 14-7 lead going into the half.
Ravenwood found a rhythm on offense in the second half. Rappe, who finished 5 for 7 for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns, found Rowland and Nathan Freeman for 36-yard scores. Crews Hold added a 26-yard field goal to finish a 17-point Ravenwood third quarter.
McCain, coming back off the bench, added a 45-yard fourth quarter touchdown run.
The Raptor defense did its offense a huge favor in the second half, handing it great starting field position- except for the last Ravenwood possession the Raptors never started farther away than their own 46-yard line.
Next week Ravenwood plays at Wilson Central (3-4, 1-4) and can wrap up a District Championship with a win or a Mount Juliet loss.
The last home game of the year for Ravenwood, it was senior night.