Ravenwood quarterback Andrew Rappe’ recorded 326 total yards and four touchdowns in Friday’s matchup against the Brentwood Bruins in the Seven Springs Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Game of the Week.
Friday night’s Battle of the Woods was a statement game for Ravenwood quarterback Andrew Rappe’.
The senior completed 15-of-15 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 156 yards and two more scores to defeat the Brentwood Bruins (0-2) at home 31-17.
“There are a lot of people that think we can’t throw the football, but we can throw the football when we need to throw the football,” said Ravenwood head coach Will Hester. “It was an ugly football game. We’re happy to get out of here with a victory, but we have to do some things better than we did tonight.”
Both of Rappe’s touchdown passes were thrown to receiver Chris Rowland. The first was a 4-yard strike to give the Raptors (2-0) a 10-3 lead with 10:12 left in the second quarter. The duo later connected for a 13-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 17-3 with nine seconds remaining in the half.
“We’ve really been working hard together and getting our timing down,” said Rowland, who finished nine receptions for 74 yards and nine carries for 74 yards. “He (Rappe’) is really starting to evolve into more of a passer. Everyone looks at him as a runner, but he’s starting to become better each and every week.”
Brentwood’s inability to get its defense off the field was a major factor, as the Raptors dominated time of possession 30:45 – 17:15.
“We just had a difficult time stopping their run game,” said Brentwood head coach Ron Crawford. “We ran inside gaps — we did everything we could. Give them credit — they did a good job with their run game.”
Rappe’ scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to give the Raptors a 24-3 advantage just under four minutes into the third quarter.
The momentum shifted in the Bruins’ favor near the end of the frame when they recovered a Rappe’ fumble at their own 6-yard line and brought it to midfield.
A few plays after converting on fourth-and-19, Brentwood quarterback Carson Croy hit Parker Bullion in the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown completion. A missed extra point kept the score at 24-9 with 8:51 left in the game.
Ravenwood responded with a five-minute drive that was capped off with a 5-yard touchdown run by Rappe’ for a 31-9 advantage.
“We just had to stay focused and not let bad plays get to us,” Rappe’ said. “We needed to keep moving the chains and moving the ball down the field. When the offense gets the ball, we have one goal, and that’s to get the ball across the goal line.”
A 53-yard touchdown pass from Croy to receiver John Robertson and a converted two-point conversion set the game’s final score with 3:46 to go.
“We kept battling — you’re always going to be proud of your young men with they continue to battle and play with pride,” said Crawford. “They kept giving themselves a chance and they kept fighting.”
Croy finished with 188 passing yards, 41 rushing yards, two touchdowns and one interception, while Robertson had six catches for 91 yards and 14 rushing yards.
Ravenwood running back Connor Jeffries added 83 yards on the ground to set the team’s rushing total at 322 for the game. RHS wide receiver Nate Freeman had three catches for 53 yards.
The Bruins travel to face Rossview next Friday, while Ravenwood hosts Mt. Juliet.