Sherman hands Red Devils fifth defeat at football game; Ritchie County invades Friday

Mark Martin
Special to Jackson Newspapers

Any loss is tough.

Especially the close ones.

Ravenswood’s Red Devils endured such a loss Friday in the Boone County community of Seth as the Sherman Tide defeated the Devils, 26-20.

The Red Devils of fourth-year head coach Eric Hupp battled back time and time again against the Tide but came up short in the end.

Ravenswood started the game down two scores. And then faced the same deficit later in the first half.

The Devils also stared at a three-touchdown deficit before fighting back and getting to within six.

“Our kids fought hard, we had a chance to win the game,” said a frustrated Hupp.

The Devil loss sent Ravenswood to 0-5 as the season hits the halfway stage.

Ravenswood was meeting with a Sherman team that was in the Top 16 of the latest Class A ratings and off its first loss of the season to rival Scott.

A concern for Hupp heading into the game was Sherman running back Colby Buzzard.

And Buzzard would show the Devils his skills with a pair of opening quarter touchdowns. The first came with 5:53 to go from 29 yards out and then he added a second from 15 yards away with just three ticks left on the clock.

Down 13-0, Ravenswood edged to within a score at the 6:06 mark of the second quarter on a 1-yard run by fullback Wes Hill. Ethan Tanner’s kick made it a 13-7 game.

But on the ensuing kickoff, Buzzard stretched the Sherman lead back to two scores when he raced 85 yards to the end zone. A missed 2-point try left the score at 19-7.

In the third quarter, Sherman’s C.J. Winnell, who rushed for 1,000 yards last season, crashed in from the 3-yard line followed by an extra point to make it a 26-7 count.

Winnell’s score came with 9:35 to go in the third.

Quickly, the Devils were in the end zone when Hill again scored on a 1-yard run. Tanner’s kick made it a 26-14 count heading into the fourth.

Ravenswood was back on the board with 9:38 left in the game when Hill tossed a TD pass to Jacob Bowling from three yards out. The extra point was blocked leaving the score at 26-20, which would ultimately be the final.

Bowling was 5-of-7 passing for 88 yards while suffering an interception.

Hill was 5-of-9 for 57 yards and the TD.

Isaiah Casto, who missed a good chunk of the game, was 1-of-3 for eight yards and also dealt with an interception.

Hill led the ground game with 68 yards on 15 carries and two scores.

Ravenswood's Wes Hill did a little of everything in Ravenswood's loss to the Sherman Tide. The senior rushed for 68 yards on 15 carries and scored two touchdowns. In the passing game he threw for 57 yards, completing 5-of-9 attempts with one going for a TD. Hill also caught two passes on the offensive side for 30 yards. Defensively, Hill collected six tackles.

Casto carried 11 times for 52 yards. Bowling collected 50 yards on 15 carries.

Noah Dawson had one catch for 44 yards. Wyatt Milhoan snagged one for 34. Hill had two receptions for 30. Noah Simmons hauled in one for 22 and Shawn Banks caught two for seven.

Ravenswood had two fumbles in the contest along with the two picks.

“Overall, our offense is running well,” said Hupp. “We have nearly 1,800 yards in five games. We just lose the ball in the red zone or in their end of the field. I think the opposition is averaging starting out at the 42.”

Jaden Sayre led Ravenswood's prevent unit with seven tackles. Hill had six. Brett Parsons came up with five. Hill and Dason Stewart recovered fumbles.

Ritchie is next

Ravenswood will celebrate Homecoming Friday, Oct. 1, when the Ritchie County Rebels come to Spano-Taylor Stadium at Flinn Field.

The Ravenswood Red Devils will be in search of their first victory Friday night, Oct. 1, against Ritchie County. The Devils will be hosting the Rebels in the annual Homecoming game inside Spano-Taylor Stadium at Flinn Field.

The Rebels are coming off a heartbreaking double overtime loss to the Doddridge County Bulldogs.

It marked the second year in a row in which Doddridge has defeated Ritchie on a field goal.

Rick Haught’s program enjoyed a successful season in 2020. They earned the right to compete for the Class A state championship. Unfortunately, COVID-19 eliminated the opportunity.

Several outstanding players return from that team, including quarterback Ethan Haught, the head coach’s son, and running back Gus Morrison.

“They are an excellent, excellent football team,” said Hupp. “We will have our work cut out for us, but our kids are up to the challenge.”

Ritchie is now 3-1 on the year following the loss to Doddridge.

The Rebels have beaten Tyler Consolidated, 38-12, Wahama, 50-48, and St. Marys, 36-7.

“They’ll want to feed Gus the ball as much as they can,” said Hupp of what Ritchie will do offensively.

“Haught is a good little quarterback. He runs the ball well. And he passes the ball well.”

Despite the 0-5 start, Hupp is encouraged with how hard his team is playing and knows anything is possible each Friday night.

“We just have to put our best foot forward in this game and control the mistakes,” he said. “This is a big night with it being Homecoming.”

While Ritchie brings an array of talent, Hupp noted his team won’t back down.

“We have a lot to play for.”

Devil game notes

Ravenswood leads the overall series with Ritchie, 20-12.

Ritchie owns a three-game winning streak.

The school has been in existence since 1986 when old Harrisville High School and Pennsboro High School were consolidated.

Ravenswood had a 7-5 record against the Cardinals of Pennsboro from 1945-1958.

From 1927-1955, Ravenswood played the Harrisville Gators nine times and won eight of those meetings.

Ritchie’s first-ever head coach was the late Kenny Wright, who passed away earlier this year.

Wright’s Ritchie team of 1994 reached the Class AA semifinals.

Wright was the head coach through 2000.

Haught is an all-around excellent coach.

He’s guided boys track and field at the school to state championship success and also is the boys head basketball coach.

This past season, Ritchie County reached the state tournament for the first time in school history.

Haught is the seventh head football coach in school history.

Ritchie County High School is located along Route 50 in the unincorporated area of Ellenboro.

Friday’s game will air live on WMOV-AM/FM (1360 & 106.5) with Heath and Jared Bloxton.