Ravenswood’s Red Devils (5-2) will look to get up off the canvas and deliver a few haymakers of their own Friday night when the Clay County Panthers (2-5) invade Flinn Field for a 7:30 p.m. LKC game.

 


Ravenswood’s Red Devils (5-2) will look to get up off the canvas and deliver a few haymakers of their own Friday night when the Clay County Panthers (2-5) invade Flinn Field for a 7:30 p.m. LKC game.

Coach Dick Sturm’s Red Devils inexplicably lost their mojo and have been in a tailspin for two weeks that has been hard to swallow for players, coaches and fans alike. The plunge began with a stunning upset at Braxton County (51-13) and continued in getting blanked at Class AA No. 2-ranked Pt. Pleasant (37-0) last Friday night.

In two short weeks, Ravenswood has tumbled from a Class AA No. 2 rating (with the potential to take over the No. 1 spot with a win at Braxton) to this week’s No. 12 rating among Double A teams. The Devils have little, if any, room for error for reaching the playoffs with three games left on the schedule including a home game next week versus Class A St. Marys (currently 3-4) and the Hatchet Game at Ripley versus the Class AAA Vikings (currently 3-5).

The Devils did show some signs of life versus the Big Blacks, threatening early after an interception return for a touchdown by senior Zack Martin (which would have tied the game at 7-7) was nullified by a block-in-the back penalty. Still, the Devils drove into the red zone before surrendering possession on a fourth-and-two tackle for loss.

And Ravenswood also played the Big Blacks tough in the third quarter, nearly recovering an onside kick to open the second half (down 17-0) and threatening to score twice while holding Point in check. A missed 26-yard field goal and a fourth-and-three play inside the five yard line that came up short kept the Devils off the scoreboard.

It is imperative that the Devils regain their offensive and defensive mojo this week against the Panthers who owns wins over Tug Valley (6-0) and Sherman (44-15), but have lost to Nicholas County (25-6), Braxton County (26-0), Ritchie County (34-14), Valley Fayette (22-16) and Roane County (48-12).

Coach Frank Kleman’s Panthers returned much of their offensive backfield and offensive line from 2010’s 3-7 team.
Nathan Mullins (5-10, 168, Sr.) starts at running back and linebacker and Casey Burdette (5-7, 207, Sr.) anchors the offensive and defensive lines. Justin Blankenship (5-10, 171, Sr.) is a solid pass target. Jordan Lucas (5-11, 170, So.) is another speedy running back.
Ravenswood blasted the Panther 58-23 at Clay in 2010 with all 81 points scored in the second half. The Devils won 44-7 at Flinn Field in 2009.

PRE-GAME NOTES: Seniors from the 1979 Red Devil team will the guests-of-honor for the third annual honor game. Seniors from that team which posted a 7-3 record with wins over Dunbar (18-7), Magnolia (44-26) and Ripley (30-0) were Brian Paxton, Dave Scott, Jeff Smith, Ty Watson, Andy Gurtis, Brad Warner, Mike Delong, Jeff McCoy, Tim McNabb, Scott Williams, Steve Titus, Todd Fourney, Mike Drake, Tim Fortner, John Adkins, Jeff Dean, Jeff Cedar, Bob Mahan, Dennis Jones, Jerry Elswick and Steve Varner…Also, Ravenswood youth football teams will lead the Red Devils out onto the field right before kickoff…This years seniors have been a part of 36 total wins in their careers.  If they win Friday night, it will give these seniors 37 total wins in their Red Devil careers.  This would be the most wins by a class in the history of the school. Here is a list of years with win totals: 1966-1969: 31 wins; 1967-1970: 31 wins ; 1969-1972: 32 wins; 1970-1973: 31 wins; 1971-1974: 35 wins; 1972-1975: 35 wins; 1973-1976: 34 wins; 1974-1977: 33 wins; 2001-2004: 36 wins; 2002-2005: 32 wins; 2008-2011: holding at 36 wins.