The Ravenswood High School Football Hall of Fame named its Fourth Class in 2018.

 

The Coach

Coach Hugh Law was a championship coach for Ravenswood High in the late 1920’s who graduated from Salem College where he was an outstanding football player.

In 1927, he coached the Red Devils to 8 wins and zero losses season while only giving up 13 points the entire year. Ravenswood laid claim to the all-class state championship that year with two other schools: Parkersburg and Morgantown.

Coach Law went on to teach and coach Big Creek High school and had many outstanding football seasons including an undefeated team in 1934 that laid claim to the state championship with Charleston and Huntington.  In 1934 he helped start the process of an official playoff for high school football in West Virginia.

 

The Players

 

Ray Ritchie, No. 22

Ray Ritchie graduated from Ravenswood in 1951.  Ritchie led the Red Devils in scoring for the 1949 and 1950 seasons. Long before passing was part of high school football, Ritchie was making history as one of the greatest receivers in West Virginia prep sports as he scored over 100 points in two years of receiving.

Ritchie went on to gain his degree in Civil Engineering from WVU.  He served on Ravenswood city council, was president of the Jackson County Board of Education and also helped run Ravenswood youth football for several years. 

Ritchie is part of four generations that have played football for Ravenswood, including his father Bood Ritchie (1917), his son Doug Ritchie (1979), and his grandson Ross Ritchie (2006).

 

Chuck Carroll, No. 33

Carroll was an outstanding running back for Coach Fred Taylor in the late 1960s. He led the team in 1967 with 11 rushing touchdowns, and in two years, he accounted for 22 touchdowns and over 120 total points.

Carroll was a two-time honorable mention all-state selection and a first team all LKC selection at Running back. He inspired a generation of youth football players to become great running backs for the Ravenswood Red Devils.

 

Allen Skeens, No. 50

Allen Skeens played football for Ravenswood High School in 1967 and 1968 as a center and guard.  He was a fierce blocker in Coach Taylor’s trapping offense and he will always be remembered by those who knew him as a very loyal teammate.  

Skeens was awarded first-team LKC as a guard in 1967. He was a member of the 1970 Marshall football team and tragically lost his life when the team airplane went down while returning to Huntington. All 75 on board were lost.  

Skeens’ No. 50 jersey is the only number retired at Ravenswood High School. He was loved by many and will never be forgotten.

 

Dennis Miller, No. 22

Miller played football for Coach Fred Taylor as a running back from 1971 through 1973. As a junior, he scored one of the touchdowns in the 1972 state championship game versus Magnolia, which allowed Ravenswood to win 14-6.

Miller was selected as all-state honorable mention in 1972. He ranks as the No. 13 rusher in Ravenswood High history with over 1600 yards rushing and 16 total touchdowns.

Miller played football for Glenville State College and is remembered as a strong powerful runner and a great teammate as a Red Devil. He had a great love for Ravenswood football and enjoyed a life of sports. Dennis is being inducted posthumously as he passed on in 2008.

 

Vic Derito, No. 64

Vic Derito has the unique distinction of being the very first Red Devil defensive player to make over 100 tackles in a season. In 1972, Derito made 127 total tackles as a linebacker and a defensive lineman.

One of the most famous tackles in Red Devil history was in the 1972 state championship game when Derito sacked Magnolia’s QB on a 4th down to secure the Red Devils’ third state football championship. 

Derito has helped the Ravenswood youth as a coach and also been a mainstay as a spotter on Friday nights in the press box for over 30 years.

 

Tim Staats, No. 24

Tim Staats has one of the most amazing stats in the history of the Red Devils. He owns the season and career record for average yards per catch at 30.53 yards per catch. He covered one-third of the football field every time he caught the ball.

Staats was a second team all-state selection for the 1976 state champions. For over 30 years, Tim has stayed involved with Ravenswood football as a statistician. He helped his father, the late Bob Staats, and Greg Matics on Friday nights covering the Red Devils for our local paper, a tradition he continues today.

 

John McCoy, No. 55

John McCoy was an all-state linebacker for the Red Devils in 1976. He also played offensive line. He was a force at linebacker in helping stop Big Creek’s offense in the state championship game of 1976 as the Red Devils won 15-7. 

McCoy amassed 171 tackles in his career and also caused four fumbles, recovered four fumbles, and intercepted a pass.

McCoy attended WVU and studied business and engineering. He has remained a loyal supporter of the Ravenswood football program for the past 25 years by donating his time to helping rebuild and maintain Flinn Field and its facilities on several different occasions.

 

Doug Ritchie, No. 10

Doug Ritchie was an outstanding running back for Coach Fred Taylor in the late 1970s.  In 1978, he was selected as first-team all-state and was the leading rusher and scorer for the Red Devils as he gained 916 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. 

In his career, Ritchie ran for over 1,800 yards and scored 27 TDs for 172 total points.  He went to West Virginia Wesleyan, where he played football for the Bobcats.

Ritchie founded SDR Plastics of Ravenswood, and he has remained a loyal supporter of the football program for over 30 years. He is one of four generations to play for the Red Devils, including his grandfather Bood Ritchie (1917), his father Ray Ritchie (1951), and his son Ross Ritchie (2006).

 

Bunky Seaver, No. 33

Bunky Seaver played fullback and linebacker for the Red Devils in the mid-1980s.  He was a bruising ball-carrier that is still remembered to this day across the entire state.  His style of running was devastating to opposing offenses, as there was never a time that one defender brought him down with a solo tackle.

Seaver scored 20 touchdowns in his career and was the leading scorer in 1983 and 1984 while rushing for over 1,300 yards.

Seaver went on to play football at WV State for the Yellowjackets and has enjoyed a career for the past 30 years with the Jackson County Development Center.

 

Bruce Coiner, No. 62

Bruce was an all-state linebacker for Fred Taylor in the 1986 season. He was the leading tackler for the Red Devils in both 1985 and 1986, amassing 206 tackles in two years.

Coiner is remembered for being the defensive leader in one of the biggest LKC championship games in Red Devil history versus Gilmer in 1986.  He and his teammates shut down the state’s leading passer, Ron Stalnaker, and his high-scoring offense.

Coiner and the Red Devil defense dominated and defeated Gilmer 32-7 to win the LKC championship outright in 1986. That was the first outright LKC championship won by Ravenswood since 1967.

 

Dave Hood, No. 8

Dave Hood was an outstanding athlete for the Red Devils as he was a force on both sides of the football. He was selected as first-team LKC and also second-team all-state as a defensive back. For his career on defense, he made 10 interceptions, defended 10 passes and made 90 tackles. 

On offense, Hood scored 10 TDs, rushed for 812 yards and had over 400 yards receiving. He is best remembered for being one of the leaders in the 1996 upset win over No. 3 Frankfort in the first round of the AA playoffs. In that playoff game, the No. 14 Red Devils won 14-8.  Hood has helped the Red Devil program for many years in several capacities.