South Warren County, Kentucky (7-0) at Ravenwood (5-2), 7 p.m. Friday
Facing an undefeated team on homecoming isn’t always ideal, but the Ravenwood Raptors are taking advantage of the opportunity.
Following a four-game road trip, the Raptors return home to battle the South Warren Spartans, who compete in Class 5A in Kentucky.
The Spartans have outscored their opponents 282-61 this season.
“We are not playing a slouch for our homecoming game,” Ravenwood head coach Matt Daniels said. “It’s going to be a great challenge for us. It’s going to be a fun Friday night for our fans, and I think it’s going to be a great football game.”
South Warren features a pass-heavy attack out of the spread. The unit is led by quarterback Gavin Spurrier, who’s the grandson of former Florida and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier.
Spurrier has thrown for 1,277 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions this year.
“They remind me a lot of Page, except they don’t have a bruising running back,” Daniels said. “They have a few more athletes in the backfield. They probably aren’t a whole lot different than Independence and Fairview (Ravenwood’s final two opponents). It’ll be great prep for our final weeks, especially that final game against Independence.”
Ravenwood’s offense aims to keep up its pace after scoring 23 points or more in all but one game this season.
Ravenwood QB Nick Stallcup (Photo by Steve Wheeler)
The unit racked up 378 total yards in last week’s 38-7 win against Dickson County.
“We had a chance to play some really good football on both sides of the ball against Dickson County,” Daniels stated. “It was just what the doctor ordered, in terms of getting back on track. I think that’s going to cause us to be more focused.”
The combination of quarterbacks Nick Stallcup and Brian Garcia pilot the attack.
Stallcup has 413 rushing yards, 290 passing yards, 94 receiving yards and seven touchdowns (2 pass) this season. Garcia has thrown for 986 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Running back Anthony Holmes has been a spark plug for the unit, tallying 225 receiving yards, 195 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
South Warren features one of the nation’s top defensive tackles for the Class of 2019 in Jacob Lacey, who stands at 6-foot-2, 295 pounds.
“They built their defense around him,” Daniels said. “He’s been dominant as a three-technique in the 4-3. We have to do a lot of things that get him running side to side and keep him contained. I don’t know how much success you expect to have running right at a guy like that, who’s been dominant in all the film we’ve watched.”
South Warren hasn’t allowed more than 17 points in a game all season. It’s given up only 17 points over its last three contests.
“Our hope is that they haven’t seen an offense with as many playmakers and as many different looks and shifts in motion,” Daniels said. “They’re going to have to deal with a lot more than what they’ve seen in Kentucky.”