White Falcons triumph over the Red Devils football team; Ravenswood to play Doddridge next
It is the postseason for baseball.
Wahama registered a safety in the first quarter against Ravenswood at Bachtel Stadium in Mason, giving the White Falcons a baseball-like score of 2-0 heading into the second quarter of play.
By the night’s end, the score would resemble that of a football game.
And Ravenswood, for a seventh time this season, was on the short end as the White Falcons captured a 26-7 victory.
Ravenswood erased the 2-0 deficit with a second quarter TD by Isaiah Casto from seven yards out. Ethan Tanner’s kick made it a 7-2 score with 8:44 to go until halftime.
Wahama would keep Ravenswood off the board the rest of the night.
Kase Stewart scored from three yards out and the White Falcons missed the extra point to make it an 8-7 game.
Sawyer Vanmeter scored with under a minute to go in the second on a 3-yard. A missed point after made it a 14-7 White Falcon lead at halftime.
Wahama padded its lead in the third on a 65-yard pass from Vanmeter to Connor Lambert. Another unsuccessful point after left the White Falcons up, 20-7.
Vanmeter then hit Aaron Henry in the fourth from nine yards out at the 10:09 mark. The 2-point try was again no good.
Casto was the workhorse for the Devil offense with 91 yards on 14 carries and scored the team’s lone TD.
Noah Dawson carried three times for 21 yards. Shawn Banks had a carry for four yards. Hill carried seven times for five.
In the passing department, Dawson was 6-of-14 for 77 yards and an interception. Jacob Bowling threw for 20 yards by completing 4-of-9 passes. He suffered one interception. Wes Hill was 1-of-3 for -2 and an interception.
Bowling was on the receiving end of five passes for 50 yards. Hill had three for 17. Banks hauled in one for 18.
Defensively, Hill and Deondre Briggs had eight tackles each. Bowling had five. Xavier Rodriguez and Lodan Hess had four each.
Dawson had an interception.
Doddridge is next
Ravenswood’s next assignment is no easy task as undefeated Doddridge County comes to town.
The Bulldogs have shot out to a 4-0 record this season, including a double-overtime thriller with Route 50 rival Ritchie County, 29-26.
The season started with a win over South Harrison (20-0), Tyler Consolidated (27-16) and Wirt County (31-0).
The Bulldogs feature an outstanding running back in Dylan Knight.
Jared Jones is also rock solid with the ball in his hands.
Gabriel Stewart is an excellent receiver.
The team features a fine kicker in John Devinney, who hit the game-winning 20-yard field goal against Ritchie in that classic.
His older brother, D.J., also kicked for the Bulldogs, graduating in 2021.
Adam Burnside, head coach Bobby Burnside’s son, is the leader up front.
Bobby Burnside took over the program in 2012.
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Ravenswood leads the series, 4-3-1.
The schools played in 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1953 before not picking things back up until 2016.
Doddridge has won the last three meetings.
The Bulldog teams have outscored the Red Devils, 89-3, in that span.
Doddridge has a playoff record of 8-12.
The Bulldog program played for the Class A state championship in 2019, falling to Wheeling Central by a final of 38-21.
Doddridge also played for a Class A crown in 1978, losing to Duval at Ripley’s Memorial Stadium by a 27-14 count.
Doddridge played its first-ever playoff game in 1975 at Ripley as a Class AA program, falling to Sherman, 40-0.
The school’s football facility — Cline Stansberry Stadium — may be one of the finest, if not the finest in the state, complete with a turf field, all-weather track, gold and green bleachers and luxurious fieldhouse.
The school is located right along Route 50.
The Friday, Oct. 15, game will air live on WMOV-AM/FM (1360 and 106.5) with Heath Bloxton and Jared Bloxton.