The No. 18-ranked Raven Football team took the opening kick off on Saturday against Central Methodist University and marched the ball down the field on a six-play, 68-yard drive and never looked back.
Benedictine (4-2) jumped out to a 20-0 lead over CMU (1-5) and kept the pressure on the Eagles en route to a 50-27 win on Family Weekend.
Offensively, the Ravens wracked up 551 yards of total offense – a new season high – while scoring four times on the ground and three times through the air.
Tyler Henness and Ejay Johnson capped off the Ravens first two offensive drives with rushing touchdowns of 45 and four yards respectively. Jacob Koester connected on a seven-yard touchdown pass to Nate Nicholson to cap off Benedictine's 20-point first quarter.
Koester found Christian Haack on another seven-yard pass for Benedictine's first touchdown of the second quarter before Johnson added his second touchdown rush, this time on a three-yard run, to push the Ravens ahead 33-6 headed into halftime.
In the third quarter, the Ravens scored first and last. Derek Rodgers knocked in a 41-yard field goal early in the second half and then Koester found his third receiver of the day for a touchdown in the final seconds of the third quarter when he connected with Logan Harris on a 42-yard touchdown pass.
The Ravens only fourth-quarter score came early when Johnson added his third rushing touchdown of the game on a 46-yard run.
In addition to the new single-game high for total offense, the Ravens set new single-game highs in total rushing yards with 258 and sacks with six.
Henness anchored the rushing attack with 121 yards off 14 carries while Johnson finished with 68 yards off six carries. DeAndre Turner-Fults finished with 67 yards off 11 carries to round out the Ravens top rushers.
The Ravens six sacks account for a total loss of 50 yards for the Eagles. Cameron Hajok led the way with 2.5 sacks for a loss of 24.5 yards. Mario Diaz, Daniel Freymuth and Steve Williams each recorded a solo sack while Dalton Daies combined with Hajok for a sack.
Defensively, the Ravens also finished with nine tackles for a loss totaling 61 yards as they held CMU to just 42 yards off 27 carries.
Koester finished with 268 yards off 21 completions with a long of 42 yards. Shaefer Schuetz added 25 yards off two completions.
The Ravens finish the first half of the season at 4-2 as they turn their attention to Heart North play. Benedictine will take to the road for their next two games to open division play. They travel to Canton, Mo., on Saturday for an 11 a.m. game against Culver-Stockton College. After a bye week, the Ravens remain on the road Oct. 22 when they travel to Lamoni, Iowa, to take on Graceland University. Benedictine's next home game is Oct. 29 – Homecoming Weekend – when they host William Penn University on O'Malley Field at 1 p.m.