Clarksville, TN – Halloween night was anything but scary for Rossview High School’s football team, as they closed out their regular season with a 45-0 District 10-AAA victory over Northwest High School.
Success on fourth down and Viking turnovers were the early treats for Rossview (7-3, 6-1 District 10-AAA), as it capped off the opening drive of the game with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Muncie Prater to Isaiah Johnson on fourth down to give the Hawks a 7-0 lead, with 8:04 lead in the first quarter.Northwest (3-7, 0-6 District 10-AAA) would fumble the ensuing kickoff by Rossview, which was recovered by the Hawks’ Allen Shuler at the Vikings 28-yard line.
Overall, Northwest would turn the ball over five times in the game to Rossview on four fumbles and one interception.
The Hawks would take advantage of the turnover and great field position, by scoring its second touchdown of the quarter – also coming on fourth down – with Prater hitting Triston Luke with a 20-yard pass for the score and a 14-0 advantage, with 3:48 left in the period.
Prater finished the night hitting on all three of his pass attempts for 65 yards and the two touchdowns.
Northwest special teams would again turn the ball back over to Rossview, with the Vikings fumbling the kickoff for the second straight time – with Shuler coming but with his second straight recovery.
This time the Vikings defense would hold Rossview offense on downs with Northwest finally getting to run a play on offense at the 1:50 mark of the open quarter.
But Northwest couldn’t move the chains, turning the ball back over to the Hawks at their own 37-yard line after coming up short on a fourth-down try.
Rossview would only need four plays to find the end zone, with Johnson capping the drive with a six-yard touchdown run, on the first play of the second quarter, to give the Hawks a 21-0 lead.
Johnson would lead all rushers with 189 yards on 23 carries.
Less than two minutes later the Hawks would find the end zone again, this time with the Hawks defense doing the scoring, with Christian Christenson intercepting a Zack Dixon pass and returning it 22 yards for a score and a 28-0 lead with 9:58 left before intermission.
A three-and-out by Northwest, followed by a short punt, gave the ball back to Rossview in great field position again the Hawks 49.
The final score of the first half came with less than 20 seconds left before intermission, with Rossview kicker Riley Benson kicking a 29-yard field goal, with 16.4 second left.
The second half was played under the running clock mercy rule, with the only score of the half coming at the 4:32 mark of the third quarter on a 12-yard run by Rossview’s Te’Quan Evans.
Rossview now advances into the opening round of the Tennessee State Secondary Athletic Association playoffs on November 7th.
The Hawks will find out who they will be facing in that opening round on November 1st, when the TSSAA announces its playoff brackets that morning.
Rossview 45, Northwest 0
R—Isaiah Johnson 35-yard pass from Muncie Prater (Riley Benson, kick), 8:04
R—Triston Luke 20-yard pass from Prater (Benson, kick), 3:48
R—Johnson 6-yard run (Benson, kick), 11:53
R—Christian Christenson 22-yard interception return (Benson, kick), 9:58
R—Luke 6-yard run (Benson, kick), 7:06
R—Benson 29-yard field goal, 16.4
R—Te’Quan Evans 12-yard run (Benson, kick), 4:32