RAVENSWOOD - Again Friday night at Flinn Field, Ravenswood’s Red Devils fell victim to an opposing premier running back, as Clay County’s Zachary Ahart rambled over, around and through the defense for 316 yards (on 21 carries) and scored five touchdowns.
Clay County set the tone for the night by returning the opening kickoff 80 yards for touchdown (Austin Dobbins). Before the crowd has settled into their seats (11:47 first quarter), the Panthers led 8-0 as Dobbins tacked the two-point conversion onto his kick return with a run.
Ravenswood answered with a six-play, 73-yard drive capped by Ryan Cunningham’s 37-yard field goal at the 8:46 mark of the opening quarter to trim the Clay advantage to 8-3.
Less than 90 seconds later, Ahart scored his first TD of the night on a 49-yard run, exploiting the Devils’ defensive perimeter—a trend that continued throughout the game. Ahart’s jaunt capped a quick, three-play, 52 yard march with 7:19 still left in the opening quarter. The run for two points was stuffed, and Clay led 14-3.
Ahart scored again on a six-yard run less than two minutes later to cap another quick, four-play, 55-yard march. The run for two failed and Clay led 20-3 with 5:42 left in the first quarter.
Ravenswood answered with a quick scoring march of their own, moving 75 yards in five plays. Senior Colton Stovall caught a Stephen Dawson pass behind the defense and raced 35 yards for the touchdown. Cunningham booted the PAT kick and Clay led 20-10 with 4:02 left in the first quarter.
The Panthers scored the only points of the second quarter on a 45-yard run by Ahart on a one-play scoring drive (6:06 second quarter). Dobbins added the two-point conversion on a run and Clay took a 28-10 lead to the locker room at the half.
Clay County put the game out of reach in the third quarter with three more TDs. Ahart scored on a nine-yard run with 7:24 left in the quarter to cap a nine-play, 75-yard march. Ahart scored on a 55-yard run to cap a two-play drive off a pass interception with 5:31 left in the third quarter. Dobbins raced 35 yards for the Panthers’ final TD of the night on the final play of the third quarter. Ahart added the two-point conversion on a run.
Ravenswood then answered with their final points of the night on a four-yard TD pass from Dawson to Devin Haid to cap a 19-play, 64-yard drive with 2:19 left in the fourth quarter. The PAT kick failed to make the final score 47-16.
Ike Akers led the Devil ground game with eight carries for 42 yards. Alex Casto carried 17 times for 36 net yards; Evan Dunlap, eight carries for 19 yards; and Stephen Dawson netted minus nine yards on three carries. As a team, Ravenswood rushed 36 times for 88 net yards.
Dawson completed 12 of 27 passes for 168 yards with two TD and two interceptions. Max Hilton had four catches for 81 yards; Colton Stovall, three for 78 yards (TD); Chris Easthom, one for five yards; Devin Haid, one for four yards (TD); and Alex Casto, three for zero net yards.
Ravenswood totaled 256 offensive yards with 14 first downs (seven via rush, five via pass and two via penalty) and drew four flags for 30 penalty yards.
Ryan Cunningham punted six times with a 29.5-yard average, and kicked off four times with a 30.75-yard average.
Colton Stovall returned three kickoffs for 24 yards; Alex Casto, two for 27 yards; Curtis Counts, one for six yards; Evan Dunlap, one for four yards; and Ethan Mahan, one for no gain.
Zachary Ahart led the Panthers with 21 carries for 316 yards and five touchdowns. Austin Dobbins added 15 carries for 82 yards and a TD. As a team, Clay County rushed 46 times for 475 yards.
Alex Grose completed one of two passes for three yards.
Clay County totaled 478 offensive yards with 20 first downs—all via rush—and drew seven flags for 60 penalty yards.
Defensively, Luke Jackson led the Ravenswood defense with seven tackles (TFL) and a fumble recovery. Colton Stovall had six tackles; Ike Akers, Alex Casto and Sawyer Weekley, five tackles each; Ethan Mahan, four tackles (TFL); Evan Dunlap, Elijah Benson (TFL) and Jake Greene, three tackles each; Jonathan Watkins, two tackles; and Max Hilton, Jason Adkins, Ryan Cunningham, Zach Flowers, Brayden Cox and Devin Haid, one tackle each.
Ravenswood (1-7) host St. Marys (6-2) Friday night at Flinn Field in the Devils’ Senior Night home finale.
(CC) Austin Dobbins, 80-yard kickoff return (Dobbins run); 11:47 first quarter.
(R) Ryan Cunningham, 37-yard field goal; 8:46 first quarter.
(CC) Zachary Ahart, 49-yard run (run failed); 7:19 first quarter.
(CC) Ahart, six-yard run (run failed); 5:42 first quarter.
(R) Colton Stovall, 35-yard pass from Stephen Dawson (Cunningham kick); 4:02 first quarter.
(CC) Ahart, 45-yard run (Dobbins run); 6:06 second quarter.
(CC) Ahart, nine-yard run (run failed); 7:24 third quarter.
(CC) Ahart, 55-yard run (pass failed); 5:31 third quarter.
(CC) Dobbins, 35-yard run (Ahart run); 0:00 third quarter.
(R) Devin Haid, four-yard pass from Dawson (kick failed); 2:19 fourth quarter.