Clarksville, TN – Clarksville High School’s football team only trailed Ravenwood High School by six points at halftime, August 29th at Hilda J. Richardson Athletic Field, but couldn’t get anything going after intermission in a 41-7 loss to the Raptors.
The Wildcats (1-1) looked like they had the momentum heading into the second half, despite trailing 13-7, after holding Ravenwood to no points from inside its own 10-yard line in the final seconds of the opening half.
But the Raptors (2-0) held the Wildcats to a three-and-out on its first possession of the second half, while taking its first of the third quarter into the end zone to go up two scores and they never looked back.
Doing most of the damage for Ravenwood was running back brother duo of Chris and Seth Rowland, as they combined for 44 yards rushing – on five carries – in the scoring drive, with Chris Rowland going in from 10 yards out to put the Raptors up 20-7.
Overall, Seth Rowland led Ravenwood with 115 yards rushing, on 14 carries, while Chris totaled 111 yards on the ground on 11 carries.
That two-score lead would prove to be more than enough for Ravenwood, as the Clarksville High offense struggled most of the night, finishing with 114 yards of total offense, and never getting any deeper than the Raptors 26-yard line in the second half.
Ravenwood would take advantage of a Clarksville High mistake for its second score of the third quarter, with the Raptors recovering a fumble by the Wildcats punt returner at the Wildcats 40-yard line, with just over three minutes left in the quarter.
The Raptors would march down the field on seven plays for the score – with Seth Rowland going in from seven yards out for the score and a 27-7 lead.
Clarksville High would try to respond on its next drive, getting down to the Ravenwood 26-yard line before seeing the drive end on downs.
After the stop, Ravenwood drove 74 yards on eight plays for a touchdown – this time with back-up quarterback Andrew Lutgens going in from one-yard out for the score.
The Raptors final score of the night also came off a mistake by the Wildcats special teams, with a low snap to CHS punter Mason Gasaway who was called down at the two-yard line when he knee touched the ground as he tried to field the snap.
The Clarksville High defense tried to keep the Raptors out, forcing them to have to run three plays before Lutgens hooked up with Nathan Facer for a seven-yard TD pass play.
In the first half, Ravenwood gashed the Clarksville High defense for huge hunks of yardage on it first drive of the night needing only four plays to go 80 yards for a quick 7-0 lead – with Chris Rowland scoring on a 31-yard run.
Johnson would lead Clarksville High with 73 yards rushing on 18 carries.
Ravenwood took the lead for good, with just over three minutes left in the opening half, as they went 54 yards on eight plays – including starting quarterback Cole Brown going in from four-yards out for the go-head score.
Clarksville High returns to action September 5th, 7:00pm, as they open District 10 play at Rossview High School.
Ravenwood 41, Clarksville High 7
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R—Chris Rowland 31-yard run (Crews Holt, kick), 10:57
C—Brevon Johnson 5-yard run (Mason Gasaway, kick), 2:54
R—Cole Brown 4-yard run (kick failed), 3:15
R—Rowland 10-yard run (Holt, kick), 7:54
R—Seth Rowland 7-yard run (Holt, kick), 1:00
R—Andrew Lutgens 1-yard run (Holt. kick), 7:25
R—Nathan Facer 7-yard pass from Lutgens (Holt, kick), 3:57