Red Devil football team drops third straight game to start 2021 season; Wirt County is next

Mark Martin

Winter hasn’t arrived just yet, but things certainly snowballed for the Ravenswood Red Devil football team against Williamstown.

“It was one of those deals if it could go wrong, it went wrong,” said Red Devil head coach Eric Hupp of his team’s 35-8 loss to the Williamstown Yellowjackets.

Celebrating their Homecoming game, the Yellowjackets of second-year head coach Chris Beck gained a 7-0 lead in the opening quarter and never looked back.

The win moved the Yellowjackets to 2-1 on the season while Ravenswood fell to 0-3.

A 60-yard pass play from Maxwell Molessa to Louis Goodnow got the scoring started for Williamstown. Isaac Joy drilled the extra points.

The Yellowjackets stretched their lead to 21-0 by halftime.

Molessa hit Logan White on a 10-yard pass and then scored on a running play from the 25-yard line. Joy added both extra points.

Molessa scored again from 10 yards out in the third.

The final Williamstown TD came on a muffed punt by Ravenswood that was returned a short five yards for a TD by White.

Ravenswood avoided the shutout when Jacob Bowling and Wyatt Milhoan hooked up on a 73-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Wes Hill then scored on a two-point conversion run.

Ravenswood's Jacob Bowling fired a 73-yard pass to Wyatt Milhoan for Ravenswood's lone TD in a loss to Williamstown. Bowling finished with 178 yards on the night through the air.

“We made some mistakes in pass coverage,” said Hupp of the contest. “We just did a lot of things counter-productive.”

Hupp saw many pleasing aspects despite the tough loss to Williamstown, a perennial Class A contender.

“I thought we threw the ball well. Shawn Banks made some really good catches and Isaiah (Casto) ran the ball really well,” said Hupp.

Bowling finished with 170 yards passing, completing 6-of-9. Unfortunately, he did suffer three interceptions.

Noah Dawson threw for 26 yards, completing 3-of-5 passes.

Casto rushed for 97 yards on 19 carries.

Hill carried the ball three times for 17 yards.

Banks hauled in four passes for 83 yards. Milhoan had the one TD catch. Casto caught one pass for 35. Hill had an 8-yard catch. Dawson had one reception for four yards. Bowling also snagged a pass that netted one yard.

Banks had kickoff returns of 13, 28, 34, 16 and 20.

Jaden Sayre had a big game defensively with 10 tackles, with one going for a loss.

Banks and Deondre Briggs had six stops each.

Ethan Lane and Xavier Rodriguez collected four tackles each. Lane had one tackle for a loss.

Wirt County is next

Ravenswood flips the page and heads back home for the second time this season to host Wirt County Friday night, Sept. 17.

The Tigers shot out to a 2-0 start before falling to Gilmer County last weekend, 39-12.

The Tigers started the season with wins over Calhoun County, 54-8, and Magnolia, 27-14.

“It’s a Little Kanawha Conference game. And it’s a meaningful game,” said Hupp.

“They are good at running the ball.”

The Tigers of head coach Jason Hickman are led offensively by senior Colton Parsons, who is coming off a 69-yard rushing effort in the loss to Gilmer.

Parsons was a First Team All-LKC pick las year for a Tiger team that reached the Class A playoffs in the COVID-19 marred season.

Parsons can do a little bit of everything offensively by running, catching and throwing the football.

Going into the season, Wirt had a roster of more than 40 players.

Hupp feels a key to his team turning things around and earning a first victory of the season will be finishing drives.

“We are moving the football, we just have to finish it off,” said the fourth-year head coach.

Red Devil game notes

Ravenswood leads the all-time series with the two schools, 24-16.

Dating back to 1957, Ravenswood has won 10 straight games.

The schools resumed playing in 2016.

The last meeting had been in 1985.

Ravenswood and Wirt first met on the football field in 1926 with Ravenswood coming away with a 7-6 victory.

Wirt County head coach Jason Hickman is in his second stint leading the Tiger program.

He was the head coach from 2007-2015 and had three playoff teams.

His 2010 squad reached the Class A semifinals, losing to Wahama at Point Pleasant.

He came back to the program in 2019.

He is a former Red Devil, having played for Calhoun County.

The teams have one common opponent in Magnolia.

Ravenswood fell to the Blue Eagles, 43-27, in the season opener while the Tigers knocked off the Wetzel County school in game two, 27-14.

The game will be broadcast live on WMOV-AM/FM (1360 and 106.5) with Heath Bloxton and Jared Bloxton on the call.