Red Hawks start slow, lose big in debut game versus Ravenwood

Red Hawks start slow, lose big in debut game versus Ravenwood

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Red Hawks start slow, lose big in debut game versus Ravenwood

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It may have been Stewarts Creek’s first-ever game, but Ravenwood didn’t show District 7-AAA’s newest school any mercy.

Ravenwood took advantage of the Red Hawks’ youth and inexperience by scoring the game’s first 55 points before finally defeating the Red Hawks 55-6.

“I’ve told the team all through the fall, no matter who we’ve scrimmage or how it turned out, that we were always 0-0,” first-year Ravenwood coach Will Hester said.

“I can’t tell them that after tonight. They earned this victory and we’re 1-0.”

Stewarts Creek coach David Martin said despite the lopsided score, his team did improve as the night went along.

“There’s a lot of positives you take away from a game like that,” Martin said. “So many of our guys had never played or have very little experience, so it’s important to find the positives in what we did.”

Martin said he was pleased with the way his team kept fighting but admitted overcoming inconsistencies will be a goal for the Red Hawks all season.

The Raptors jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and never looked back.

Raptors wide receiver Van Jefferson, who is the son of Tennessee Titans wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, caught four touchdowns of 26, 51, 3 and 45 yards during the blowout, leading Ravenwood to victory.

“No, I’ve never done that before,” Jefferson said of scoring four times. “We came out and played a great game as a team.

“I’ve got to give the credit to my offensive line and my quarterback.”

Ravenwood senior quarterback Avery Jankowski threw three of the four touchdowns to Jefferson, all of which came in the first half.

Second-string quarterback Ryan Smeltzer connected with Jefferson for his fourth touchdown of the night early in the fourth quarter.

“He’s a special player,” Hester said of the transfer receiver. “We know teams are going to start shading coverage to his side but we think with our line and our running backs, we’ll be able to run the ball when teams do that.”

Jefferson finished with six catches for 151 yards in addition to the four touchdowns.

Stewarts Creek didn’t find the end zone until the game’s final play when running back Keytaves Bradley scored on a 57-yard sweep to avoid the shutout.

“That kid was a freshman, and we’re playing a lot of freshmen,” Martin said of finding the end zone in the game’s waning moments. “He hit it right up through the seam, and he was off and running.”

Stewarts Creek managed just 154 yards of total offense and 57 of those came on the final play from scrimmage. They also committed three turnovers and allowed three sacks.

The Raptors finished with 291 yards of total offense, 82 of which came on the ground on 22 carries.

“We did some good things, and containing their running backs were one of those,” Martin said. “We’ll try and build on some of the positives we did do tonight for next week.”

Stewarts Creek allowed three rushing touchdowns, but all three were less than two yards and all three were the result of poor field position or turnovers by the offense.

Ravenwood added one defensive touchdown on a fumble return by Garrison Jeronimus.

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