Two games remain in the 2018 season for the Ravenswood Red Devils.
And both are of the rivalry nature.
It starts tonight (Friday) as Eric Hupp’s crew will try to end a losing streak that has reached six straight by defeating the St. Marys Blue Devils on the road.
The 2-6 Red Devils and 3-5 Blue Devils will get together inside beautiful Bill Hanlin Stadium on the relatively new St. Marys High School campus.
A year ago, SM played and lost in the state championship game against Wheeling Central, 40-21. It marked the school’s third appearance since 2014 in the Class A state title game.
St. Marys defeated East Hardy, 23-8, in 2016 and lost an epic 3-overtime affair with Little Kanawha Conference rival Williamstown, 33-32, in 2014.
This year has been a bit of tough sledding and rebuilding for Jodi Mote’s program. Among the starters lost from last year was Jaiden Smith, who left as the school’s all-time rushing leader. He was one of four Class A First Team All-State picks who graduated.
The Blue Devils dropped their first three games to Scott (21-14), Roane County (28-17) and Ritchie County (24-21) in 2018.
Finally, a win was recorded over Calhoun County (42-24).
Since then the Blue Devils have split with losses to Williamstown (48-14) and Magnolia (41-7) and wins over Wirt County (43-0) and South Harrison (29-20).
“That’s a great LKC (Little Kanawha Conference) rivalry right there,” said Hupp, whose first Devil team won its first two games against Wahama and Webster County. “This is a great game for us and a great opportunity against Coach Mote’s program. They are in a bit of rebuilding mode, but they have players and a great program.”
Since its 2-0 start, Ravenswood’s losses have come against Williamstown,