The Franklin Admirals traveled to square off against the Ravenwood Raptors in the second round of the Tennessee high school playoffs. Franklin beat Smyrna 49-13 last week to advance to this stage. Ravenwood, on the other hand, had a bye week due to Stewart’s Creek forfeiting due to COVID.
These two schools have faced off before in the regular season, in that matchup Ravenwood won 42-21.
The Admirals proved that being the road team isn’t a problem for them. They beat Ravenwood tonight 31-28.
Ravenwood made quick work with their first possession of the game as they scored a touchdown on a pass from Andrews to Briningstool from eighteen yards out. The Raptors jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead.
The Admirals responded quickly with a touchdown of their own. Connor Beavon hit Carson Garner for a forty-yard touchdown pass and catch to tie things up at 7.
Ravenwood would match Franklin’s touchdown with a passing touchdown of their own. Another Trevor Andrews’ pass, this time to Ross Johnston from thirty-two yards out for the Raptors to retake the lead 14-7.
Franklin answered with a touchdown drive. Carson Garner ran one in from three yards out to knot things up at 14 a piece. That would be the end of the first quarter.
After a high action first quarter, the second quarter was scoreless and both teams headed to the locker with things tied at 14.
In the second half, Ravenwood scored on a long run by Smitherman from forty-one yards out. The Raptors had a 21-14 lead.
Then, Franklin’s Connor Beavon threw to Carson Garner from three yards out to tie things up again at 21-21.
Franklin would get the ball back and tack on a field goal to go up 24-21 with just over five minutes remaining in the game.
Ravenwood would eat up a lot of clock and score a touchdown with just under a minute left in the game. Jacob Stewart hit Lee Molette from eighteen yards out and the Raptors were back on top 28-24.
The Admirals had the ball and were driving when Connor Beavon connected with Taylor Spierto from eighteen yards out. Franklin took the lead 31-28 with just four seconds remaining in the game. The Admirals came out on top tonight.
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