The Raven Football team made their final trip to the campus of Avila University on Saturday to take on the Eagles as a member of the Heart and posted a historical performance.
Avila leaves for the KCAC after this season and Benedictine (3-0) made their final meeting as fellow conference members one to remember as they earned a 72-14 win at the Zarda Sports Complex.
The Ravens wracked up a total of 546 yards of total offense, rushing the ball 64 times for 371 yards as they set a new program record for single-game scoring. The previous record was 69 and was set during the 2011 season in a 69-10 win over Culver-Stockton.
Benedictine scored in each quarter of play as they opened the game with 28 unanswered points. It took the Ravens minutes to strike, as Shaefer Schuetz connected on a 38-yard pass to Aaron Jackson to start off the scoring. Ejay Johnson added a pair of rushing touchdowns on 10-yard and 2-yard carries before Keegan Bell returned an interception 37 yards for the Ravens fourth touchdown of the day.
The Ravens added three more touchdowns in the second quarter. Todd Porter connected to Jackson on a 14-yard pass to start off the quarter. The passing touchdown was followed up by a 23-yard rushing touchown from Marquis Stewart and a 13-yard rushing touchdown from Charlie Nihart. After a failed punt attempt by Avila led to a safety, the Ravens took a 51-14 lead into halftime.
Benedictine added two-yard Cole Holloway rushing touchdown and a Porter to Nihart passing touchdown in the third quarter before Nihart capped off the record-breaking effort with a two-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Ravens defense shutout the Eagles in the second half.
Nihart finished with 158 yards from scrimmage as he finished with 153 yards off 19 carries and five yards off one catch. Schuetz and Porter combined to complete 11 of 14 passes with Schuetz finished with 118 yards and Porter with 57 yards passing. Jackson finished the day with 91 yards off four catches.
Defensively, the Ravens limited the Eagles to just five yards rushing off 24 carries and a total of 189 yards off 54 plays
Bell led the team in tackles, adding five tackles to his interception return. The Ravens finished with three sackes, two from Daniel Freymuth and one from Jacob Stevens while totalling seven tackles for a loss of 23 yards.
The Ravens remain on the road next week a they travel to the Olathe District Activity Center (ODAC) to take on the MNU Pioneers at 1 p.m.