Ravenwood and McGavock entered Friday night unbeaten in region play, but it was the Raptors who made a statement, using their ground game to remain perfect in Region 3-6A.
Ravenwood used an impressive performance from senior running back Connor Jeffries to rack up more than 280 rushing yards and roll to a 49-13 win over the visiting Raiders on homecoming.
“Our guys did a good job coming off the football and blocking well,” Ravenwood coach Will Hester said. “When you block it up good, they go for bigger plays.”
The Raptors got some big plays early.
Jeffries amassed 115 yards and a touchdown on his first two carries, with his score putting the Raptors up 21-0 in the first quarter following a blocked punt return for a touchdown by Cameron Matlock and a 1-yard score by Jordan Moore.
Ravenwood (5-1, 3-0 3-6A) went ahead 28-0 in the first quarter before McGavock (4-3, 3-1) scored 13 unanswered points on a 1-yard run by Kendall Johnson and a 16-yard pass from Demontez Carlton to Shedrick Kirk.
But that was all McGavock could muster on offense as rainy conditions helped hold the Raiders’ passing attack to just 84 yards and one touchdown on 10-of-26 attempts throwing the ball. The rushing attack was held to 99 yards.
“When you can’t run, you’re only other option is to throw,” McGavock coach Jay Gore said. “Defensively they do a great job pursuing the ball. They get after it.”
Jeffries would add another touchdown shortly after halftime, reeling off a 46-yard rush to put Ravenwood up 42-13 early in the second half. He finished the game with 206 yards and two touchdowns on just 13 touches.
“It is the best night of my career,” Jeffries said. “That was all because of the O-line. They did a great job blocking and opening huge holes in the secondary so it really wasn’t too hard for me.”
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