Ravenswood Red Devils football team beaten by Doddridge County; next game is with Buffalo

Mark Martin
Special to Jackson Newspapers

Football is a long season.

Ravenswood’s grew longer against Doddridge County.

You could say, it was a long Knight for the Devils.

The Class A No. 1 Bulldogs, paced by running back Dylan Knight, came to Spano-Taylor Stadium at Flinn Field and registered a convincing 48-7 victory over the Red Devils.

Knight finished with 98 yards on 11 carries and scored twice in the victory.

The loss sent Ravenswood to 0-8 on the year while the Bulldogs moved to 5-0.

“They’re a good team,” said Ravenswood head coach Eric Hupp. “Their running game is something. They just lined up and brought it right at us. There was nothing fancy. They just lined up and said, ‘Here we come.’”

“They were just so good up front,” said Ravenswood head coach Eric Hupp of Doddridge in the trenches. “We had a hard time wrapping up on tackles. Their quarterback was fast. They have a solid team.”

Doddridge built a 20-0 lead in the opening quarter. Knight scored from 15 yards and nine yards out while Bryce McKinney crashed in from the 4-yard line. John Devinney made extra points after the first two touchdowns while the Bulldogs failed on a 2-point try following the third.

In the second quarter, Ravenswood had difficulty keeping up with a player named Jones.

Jared Jones rifled three TD passes. The first two went to Gabriel Stewart from 23 and 61 yards out. Devinney had the third, covering 27 yards. Devinney made all of the extra points.

Jones was 5-of-8 passing for 123 yards and scored three times. He also had six carries for 73 yards.

Owning a 41-0 halftime edge, Doddridge got its last score in the third quarter on a 3-yard run by Ian Spadafore. Devinney again converted the extra point.

Ravenswood avoided the shutout in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard run by Wes Hill with 2:32 left to play. Ethan Tanner added the extra point.

“They were just so good up front,” said Hupp of Doddridge in the trenches. “We had a hard time wrapping up on tackles. Their quarterback was fast. They have a solid team.”

Jacob Bowling was 1-of-8 passing for Ravenswood for 11 yards. He suffered one interception.

Noah Dawson completed his only attempt for 27 yards.

Hill was 1-of-4 for seven yards and had an interception.

Isaiah Casto gained 47 yards on 11 carries.

Shawn Banks hauled in the 27-yard pass from Dawson. Bowling had a 7-yard catch and Hill had an 11-yard reception.

Jaden Sayre led the Ravenswood prevent unit with nine tackles. Deondre Briggs had eight.

Banks had five tackles with one going for a loss.

Hill had four tackles with three going for a loss. Brett Parsons also had four stops.

All three of Xavier Rodriguez’s tackles were for a loss, including a sack.

Bowling finished with three tackles as did J.J. Lent.

Buffalo is next

Ravenswood moves on to game nine of the season against Buffalo.

It will be a second straight year the Devils have played on the home turf of the Bison.

“They just had to even things out at five home and five on the road and that’s why we are back there,” said Hupp of the scheduling process.

Hupp likes his team’s chances against the Bison of head coach Brian Batman.

“I think we match up pretty good,” he said. “They’ve had their own issues this season.”

Buffalo is coming off a second win of the season, downing Tolsia, 47-6.

The Bison opened the season with a narrow 21-20 decision over Greenbrier East.

After that came four straight losses to Williamstown (49-6), Roane County (22-3), Man (20-6) and Tyler Consolidated (35-0).

“They love to run the football. I think if we can shut down their running game, we will give ourselves a chance,” Hupp said. “It should be a decent game.”

While Buffalo relies on the run, the Bison did show a decent passing game in the win over Tolsia.

Quarterback Josh Moody fired TD strikes to Wyatt Cobb, Chase Lovejoy and Drew Clendenin.

Moody was 11-of-16 passing for 162 yards.

Buffalo’s 47 points surpassed its total for the entire season. Entering the contest the Bison had scored just 36.

Bradley Harris scored a pair of rushing TDs for Buffalo in the win, including a 64-yard dash. Harris finished with 108 yards rushing on the night.

Buffalo’s prevent until forced four turnovers in the game with Tolisa.

Buffalo is led on defense by Clendenin, a Class A First Team All-State defensive lineman in 2020.

Last year Clendenin produced 58 tackles, seven sacks, seven tackles for a loss and an interception.

He did all of that in just seven games. Buffalo finished 5-2 a season ago in a year marred by COVID-19.

Red Devil football notebook

Ravenswood leads the series, 10-5-2.

The first-ever meeting between the two schools was 1933.

Ravenswood didn’t enjoy a win in the series until 1948.

The teams had last played in 1967 until resuming the series two years ago.

Buffalo won the 2019 matchup, 20-14, and last year by a final of 20-6.

Buffalo has been known for outstanding state championship softball and baseball success through the years.

Batman is a graduate of St. Albans High and was a standout lineman at West Virginia State.

The football program is 5-20 in playoff games.

In 2004, Buffalo fell to Parkersburg Catholic in a playoff game at Ripley’s Memorial Stadium.

The Friday, Oct. 22, game will air live on WMOV-AM/FM (1360 and 106.5).