RAVENSWOOD - It’ll be Senior Night at Flinn Field Friday night as fall sports and band seniors and their parents will be honored in pre-game ceremonies prior to the Red Devils’ home finale.
The main course of the evening will be another meeting with a program that has had the Red Devils’ number for several years at home and on the road—the current Class A No. 11-ranked, and 2014 state-runner-up St. Marys Blue Devils of Coach Jodi Mote.
As usual, the Red Devils catch the Blue Devils at a bad time with St. Marys (6-2) needing to get back on the winning track after two straight losses to Magnolia (35-15) and South Harrison (20-13). Prior to dropping two straight, the Blue Devils had been on a tear, winning six straight games over Ritchie County (55-8), Wirt County (40-12), Parkersburg Catholic (44-8), Tyler Consolidated (49-14), Williamstown (22-6) and Calhoun County (54-18).
Will Billeter (6-3, 170, Jr.) is the quarterback with a speedy passing threat in Ty Lemley (5-8, 138, Sr.) and a stable of running backs that include Jaiden Smith (5-10, 180, So.), Dylan Gray (6-0, 185, So.), Braden Barnhart (5-1, 180, Jr.) and Ryan Miller (5-8, 160, Jr.)
The senior heavy line includes Zach Davis (6-4, 285, Sr.), Jacob Cox (5-11, 204, Sr.), Ethan Barbarow (6-1, 225, Sr.), Joseph Haddox (5-7, 232, Sr.) and Jacob Northrup (6-3, 240, Jr.)
The Blue Devils have scored 292 points (averaging 36.5 points per game) through eight games, while allowing 121 (15.1 ppg).
Ravenswood (1-7) has scored 124 points (15.5 ppg) and allowed a whopping 371 points (46.4 ppg). The Red Devils’ defense has been scorched by premier running backs of late, and weak perimeter play has contributed mightily to the bloodletting. Unless something changes, points will again be plentiful for the opposition—too much for the offense to match.
The Red Devils showed some wishbone last week versus Clay County and junior Ike Akers provided some punishing running inside—something new and a nice positive this late in the season. Alex Casto is still the go-to ball carrier, but Akers and Evan Dunlap showed they can be an alternative choice.
Sophomore Stephens Dawson has also shown the ability to find receivers, senior Colton Stovall, freshman Max Hilton, sophomore Jake Greene, senior Chris Easthom and Devin Haid, along with Casto. Whether he can do it enough to match the Blue Devils’ scoring is a daunting task.
Last year at St. Marys, the Blue Devils loaded the box and dared the senior-laden Red Devils to throw in the rain. They didn’t throw enough and lost again, as the defense wore down late.
Kickoff Friday night at Flinn Field is set for 7:30 p.m.