Ravenswood’s football program has hit a period where it is going through growing pains.
The one at Ritchie County, meanwhile, is coming off back-to-back playoff appearances and may be primed for a third.
So, with that said, Ravenswood needed a good start on Friday night against the Rebels in a road encounter at Ellenboro’s Chuck Schofield Memorial Stadium.
Unfortunately, the Rebels had ideas of their own in getting things underway in a successful fashion.
Ritchie scored two first quarter touchdowns and never looked back in handing Ravenswood a 41-6 setback. The loss was the fifth straight in as many games for Ravenswood in 2020.
Gus Morrison scored the first TD for the Rebels on a 1-yard run. The extra point put the Rebels up 7-0 with 7:16 remaining and before the quarter had ended Morrison was in the end zone again on a 66-yard pass from Ethan Haught.
Morrison had a 28-yard TD run in the second with 4:57 to go followed by an extra point and then hooked up again with Haught from 24 yards out with just 24 seconds remaining in the half. Ravenswood blocked the extra point following the TD pass making it a 27-0 score at the break.
Graden McKinney scored on a 1-yard TD run in the third with 2:54 remaining. A successful two-point try gave the Rebels a 35-0 edge heading into the fourth.
Ritchie got its final TD on a 12-yard run by Dakota Wayne with 7:30 to play. The two-point try failed.
Ravenswood, as it has all season, continued to show grit scoring with 3:30 to go on a 1-yard run by Isaiah Casto. A two-point try was unsuccessful.
Casto had another solid rushing night for Ravenswood gaining 100 yards on 16 carries.
“Ritchie County is a tough team. They have a great passing game and it created a lot of issues for us,” said Ravenswood head coach Eric Hupp.
Haught was 6-of-12 for 118 yards on the night for the Rebels.
On the ground, Morrison rushed for 101 yards on just seven carries while Wayne had 70 on 15.
“We were missing some guys (during the game),” said Hupp eluding to injuries to key players like Wes Hill, Bryson Litton and Ben Queen.
Those injuries certainly plagued the Devils from a scheme standpoint as the game moved along.
Despite the loss, Hupp continues to see growth in his team while staying positive.
One of the bright spots was Casto. “He’s doing well and our offense is clicking some with him,” said Hupp.
Behind Casto in the running game was Jacob Bowling, who accumulated 14 yards on five carries. Shawn Banks had four carries for four yards. Hill had two for one yard and Queen had nine official carries for minus-4.
Passing-wise, Queen was 2-of-6 for 32 yards while suffering a pair of interceptions. Bowling came on in relief of Queen and was 0-of-2.
Banks had one catch for 22 yards while Joe Chambers hauled in the other completion for 10.
Ethan Lane and Jaden Sayre each had six tackles for the Devils to lead the way on the prevent side of the ball.
Banks and Caleb Lane collected five. Brandon Bragg finished the night with four.
Zach Johnson and Hill each had three. Daniel Hunt, Xavier Rodriguez, Casto, Queen and Blake Ball had two.
Brandon Haynes, Mason Stutler, Case Fletcher, Deondre Briggs, Zane Balis, Chambers and Bowling had one.
Sayre and Hill had fumble recoveries with Ethan Lane forcing two.
Ethan Lane and Hill had two tackles go for a loss. Caleb Lane, Johnson, Hunt and Ball also had stops result in a loss.
Caleb Lane and Hunt were credited with sacks.
Ravenswood was set to meet Wahama this Friday night but due to the COVID-19 color-coded map the Devils will instead head to Doddridge County and play the undefeated Bulldogs. Both Jackson County and Doddridge County are in gold (gold counties can only play each other) while Mason, where Wahama is located, remains in yellow.