RALEIGH — Cardinal Gibbons senior Shawn Stankavage accounted four touchdowns and passed for 210 yards to lead the Crusaders to a 49-21 win over visiting Ravenscroft on Friday.
The victory marked the fifth straight for Gibbons over its rival. The Crusaders improved to 2-1 on the season, while Ravenscroft fell to 1-2.
Stankavage threw touchdown passes to junior Brandon Loy and senior Chris Gorman, while also rushing for two scores. Gibbons junior David Smith carried the ball 16 times for 160 yards and added two touchdowns in the second half.
It was nice to see our offense come out and be efficient with the ball, said Gibbons coach Steven Wright. They held the ball for quite a bit, but fortunately we scored on three of our four first half possessions.
Ravenscroft scored first but then turned the ball over twice and lost field position on a bad punt snap to prevent the Ravens from keeping the score close at halftime. Gibbons capitalized on two of the Ravens miscues to build a 21-7 halftime advantage. Richard Skowron and Jackson OKorn had key interceptions for the Crusaders in the first half to set up Stankavage scores.
I was pleased how we came out of the gate, but we had some breakdowns and gave up some big plays, said Ravenscroft coach Ned Gonet. Im proud of how hard our kids played even when we got down a few scores.
Ravenscroft senior quarterback Jamie Herakovich rushed for 142 yards and threw for 110 to lead the Ravens. Donald Fuller added 92 yards for the Ravens and Tiger Harris and Spencer Beller scored.
Ravenscroft took the opening drive 80 yards, capped by a Herakovich 24-yard touchdown pass to University of North Carolina recruit Avery Edwards, who posted six receptions for 84 yards.
Stankavage and Loy changed the momentum early when they connected on a perfectly executed 57-yard bomb, setting up the Crusaders tying touchdown a few plays later.
That play really got us jump-started because they went right down on us and scored first, Wright said. Brandon has great wheels and Shawn throws the deep ball extremely well.
James Sriraman scored on an 85-yard kickoff return for Gibbons in the fourth quarter.