The Blues get the best of the Reds in Battle of the Devils
RAVENSWOOD — Call it the tale of two halves.
Ravenswood and St. Marys, both hungry for that first win of the season, had moments of controlling the latest football showdown in the rivalry inside Spano-Taylor Stadium at Flinn Field.
St. Marys managed to do so in the second half and that ultimately led to a Blue Devil victory, 30-14.
At the break, Ravenswood enjoyed a 14-9 lead over the defending Class A state champions.
But in the second half the Red Devils were unable to register any additional points while St. Marys found the end zone three different times.
St. Marys gained the lead on an 18-yard run by Josh Roush, a former Ripley Viking, at the 8:58 mark of the third. The two-point try failed but the Blue Devils were ahead to stay at 15-14.
In the fourth quarter, St. Marys extended its lead on a pair of Cody Howser touchdowns, both from a yard away. The first came with 9:51 to play and the second with 6:11 showing on the game clock. An extra point kick and two-point conversion followed the fourth quarter touchdowns, respectively.
Ravenswood got on the board first in the opening quarter when sophomore Jacob Bowling found Noah Dawson for a 33-yard TD pass. Ethan Tanner’s extra point made it a 7-0 Ravenswood lead at the 9:15 mark.
St. Marys was awarded a safety later in the first when Ravenswood snapped the ball out of the end zone.
In the second quarter, Ravenswood upped its advantage to 14-2 on a 13-yard pass play from Bowling to senior Wes Hill. The score came with 4:15 to go in the first and was followed by another Tanner extra point.
St. Marys gained a bit of momentum for what would turn out to be a strong second half when it scored with just 25 seconds to go before halftime. Luke Powell found Brady Illar on a 16-yard pass play for the TD.
Isaiah Casto rushed 16 times for 90 yards to lead the Devils in the ground game.
Bowling was 6-of-19 for 103 yards and the two touchdowns.
Dawson had two catches for 52 yards and the TD. Shawn Banks had a 31-yard catch.
Hill, Tyce Price and Deondre Briggs led the defense with nine tackles each. Banks recorded five stops.
Caden Hamel returned a kickoff 28 yards in the game while Banks took one 23 yards.
Ravenswood will look to earn its first win of the season Friday, Sept. 10, at Williamstown, who will enter at 1-1.