First-year head coach Eric Hupp couldn’t have asked for a better season opener for his Red Devils as Ravenswood gave the Wahama White Falcons no quarter on the way to a 42-0 win at Flinn Field.
Luke Jackson led the Red Devil offense in distance with 123 yards in seven carries with one TD. Chase Hood carried seven times for 63 yards and one touchdown. Wayne Stephenson led in TDs, picking up two, and carrying three times for a total of 59 yards. Jacob Anthony carried three times for 49 yards and one touchdown.
Sam Sturm picked up 12 yards in three carries, Bryson Litten grabbed 35 yards in six carries, and Caleb Lane had 19 yards in four carries to round out the evening’s positive gains.
Max Hilton was 2-6 in passing with two completions for 51 yards and one TD. Chase Flesher had one catch for 5 yards, while Joe Chambers and one catch for 46 yards and a TD.
Hupp said Ravenswood did a great job forcing fumbles, allowing the offense to capitalize on White Falcon mistakes.
“They started what we’ve been calling the turnover train. A big thing for us this year is making sure our defense creates those turnovers for us. They were able to create several turnovers to put the offense in a short field position,” Hupp said.
Getting a 42-0 win was a great feeling as a first-year coach.
“It feels awesome. It was great to get that first game under my belt, if you will,” Hupp said. “We started a little slow. It was the first game, so there were probably a few jitters. But once we started rolling, we got 35 points in that second quarter.”
Though they didn’t hit pay dirt in the first, Ravenswood’s offense hinted several times at what was to come later in the game. In the first play of the Devils’ first possession, Chase Hood went on a 49-yard rampage run deep into Wahama territory, putting the Devils at Wahama’s 29-yard line.
Later in the possession, Jacob Anthony crossed the goal line on a 26-yard-run but Ravenswood got into foul trouble on the play, taking a 14-yard loss on a holding call. The Devils would go on to lose a total of 60 yards in seven penalties for the evening.
With 5:36 left in the first quarter, Luke Jackson ran for 39 yards to put Ravenswood at the Wahama 17-yard-line to make it second and 10, but the Devils just couldn’t make the necessary gains, finding themselves at fourth down with 8 yards to go. A 32-yard field goal attempt by Tanner Snodgrass went awry.
And while scoring attempts didn’t pan out in the first, “It was a tale of what was to come. Once the turnover train started, the offense just followed through,” Hupp said.
From then on, the White Falcons just couldn't derail the Devils.
In the opening minutes of the second, Ravenswood capped a 52-yard-drive in four plays when Quarterback Max Hilton hit Joe Chambers with a 46-yard touchdown bomb. Snodgrass’ extra point made it 7-0 with 11:52 left in the quarter.
Ravenswood capitalized on Wahama’s next possession when Sturm scooped up a loose ball on a kickoff return fumble at Wahama’s 34. On the very next play, Jacob Anthony ran 39 yards for another Ravenswood TD with 9:22 left in the quarter. Sondgrass’s extra point made it 14-0 for the Red Devils.
On the ensuing kickoff, Ravenswood’s Joe Joe Menas recovered yet another Wahama fumble to again take possession. Wayne Stephenson scored one play later on a 39 yard run. Snodgrass’ extra point made it 21-0 with 7:52 left to play in the half. The play capped a 43-yard drive in two plays.
With 4:15 left to play before halftime, Stephenson picked up another TD on a 19-yard run, the XP was good by Snodgrass to make it 28-0.
With 3:28 left in the second, Ravenswood capitalized on yet another Wahama fumble when Anthony picked up the loose pigskin to give the Devils possession on the White Falcon 40. Two plays later, Ravenswood picked up a first down thanks to a 25-yard run by Luke Jackson, who was dragging Wahama defenders nearly the whole way.
This set up Hood to score on a 10-yard-run on the next play. Snodgrass’ XP made it 35-0 with 2:02 left to play. make 40 yard drive in three plays.
In the Devils’ first play of the third quarter, Jackson ran for 42 yards to put the Devils at Wahama’s 18-yard-line. Jackson punched in an 18-yard drive for another Devil TD with 9:50 left in the first quarter. Snodgrass’ extra point made it 42-0.
By the Numbers:
Ravenswood picked up a total of 14 first downs, 13 rushing and 1 passing.
Kicker Tanner Snodgrass had 7 kickoff attempts for 315 yards with an average of 45 yards.
Luke Jackson led the Red Devil defense with 10 tackles; Wayne Stephenson had 7; Erickson Corbin had 6; Max Hilton, Mason Stutler, Chase Fletcher, Bryson Litten, Kenley Hickman and Ethan Lane had 3 each; Xavier Rodriquez, Sam Sturm, Jacob Anthony, and Nick Williams had 2 each; Chase Hood, Tanner Snodgrass, Caleb Lane, Brett Parsons, Jon Standridge, and Zach Graham had 1 each.