Cane Ridge coach Eddie Woods almost couldn’t get the words out following Friday’s rollercoaster win over visiting Hendersonville.
However, just as his Ravens did in their thrilling 47-46 overtime win that ended moments before, Woods found a way.
“For so long, this school has been labeled as Antioch,” said Woods. “’They’re not tough,’ ‘You can’t win with these kids,’ but I thought different, and we came in and worked.
“You’ve got to beat programs like that, but to beat them in that fashion … seeing that, that’s enough. That shows the growth. We could have laid down a long time ago, but we kept fighting.”
The Commandos (2-1, 0-1 6-5A), led by junior Anthony Hughes’ 254-yard, four-touchdown effort, reeled off 18-unanswered fourth-quarter points to claim a 40-33 advantage with 2:40 remaining.
“They came back and we had to overcome adversity,” senior quarterback D.J. Thorpe said. “We told our guys to keep pushing every single play and never quit. We sacrificed our bodies every play and we came out with the win.”
In a game that featured eight lead changes, Cane Ridge, off to its first 3-0 start in the program’s nine-year history, strung together an 11-play, 63-yard scoring drive in the final three minutes of regulation to force overtime.
Thorpe completed 14 of 35 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns passes to lead the Ravens, while fellow senior Jordan Bell rushed for 105 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries, including the eventual game-winning, 3-yard score in overtime.
“This is big for this program,” Woods said. “I think we opened some eyes tonight. A lot of people were kind of on the fence about us, and we had to do what we did tonight. Hats off to Hendersonville for being Hendersonville, but we came out on top. ”
“This is like one of the biggest games in Cane Ridge history,” Thorpe added. “But we’re just going to keep working.”
Reach Michael Murphy at 615-269-8262 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports.
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