Buffalo defeats Ravenswood; Red Devils to contend with Roane County in last game Oct. 29

Mark Martin
Special to Jackson Newspapers

A tough season for Ravenswood grew a little tougher in a loss to the Buffalo Bison.

Trailing by 19, Ravenswood put up a gallant effort to pull out its first win of the season.

But the homestanding Bison managed to keep the Devils from ever going ahead and preserved a 26-21 victory.

The defeat sent Ravenswood to 0-9 in the 2021 campaign. Buffalo improved to 3-4.

“It took us until the second half to start playing,” said fourth-year head coach Eric Hupp. "We spotted them two touchdowns and then we settled down.”

The start, though, would doom the Devils in the end.

The scoring started before some fans had likely gotten to their seats as Buffalo’s Dalton Jones returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. The play covered 87 yards. Buffalo missed its extra point.

The Bison scored again at the 7:28 mark of the first on a 3-yard run following a Devil turnover.

Before Ravenswood could blink, Buffalo owned a 13-0 lead.

The advantage moved to 20-0 on a 60-yard TD pass from Josh Moody to Bradley Harris with 7:52 to go in the second quarter.

Ravenswood dented the scoreboard with just 47 ticks left in the first half on a 71-yard pass from Jacob Bowling to Wes Hill. Ethan Tanner’s extra point was good to bring Ravenswood within 13 at 20-7.

Buffalo didn’t waste what little time was left in the half. Just 22 seconds after the Devil score, Moody found Harris on a 25-yard TD pass play to make the count 26-7 at the break.

Ravenswood scored its second touchdown of the game with 4:20 to go in the third when Bowling connected with Shawn Banks from 37 yards out. Tanner’s kick made it a 26-14 game heading into the fourth.

At the 9:53 mark of the fourth, Ravenswood edged closer on a 1-yard run by Isaiah Casto. Tanner’s kick had the Devils within five with a lifetime still to play.

But that would be the last score of the contest, and Ravenswood had to endure another hard-fought loss.

“Our defense played really good,” said Hupp. “Ethan Lane and Wes Hill were really playing well. Along with Brandon Bragg and Blake Ball.

 “We battled all night after getting behind. We had a lot of great efforts by a lot of kids. We’ve just been snake-bitten throughout the season.”

Bowling completed 10-of-16 passes for 210 yards and two TDs. He suffered a pair of interceptions on the night.

Hill was 1-of-4 for 23 yards and he, too, dealt with a pick.

Casto lugged the ball 20 times for 36 yards. Banks had one carry for 34.

Banks gathered in four receptions for 61 yards. Hill had three catches for 94 yards with one being the long score. Casto had two for 39 and Wyatt Milhoan had two for 36.

Lane led the tackling department with seven. Deondre Briggs came up with six stopps.

Xavier Rodriguez, Brandon Haynes and Jaden Sayre each had five.

Roane is next

Ravenswood will close out the season and look for its first win of the year against rival Roane County Friday night, Oct. 29, at home.

The Little Kanawha Conference showdown inside Spano-Taylor Stadium is slated for 7:30.

Roane County will enter with a record of a 5-2 record.

The Raiders opened with a 6-0 win against St. Marys before falling to Lincoln County (33-28).

After having a game wiped out against Clay County due to COVID, Roane strung together four consecutive victories against Lewis County (55-0), Buffalo (22-3), Ripley (46-7) and Braxton County (57-6).

The winning ways came to an end against powerful Doddridge, 44-16.

“This is a LKC game and it is a rivalry game,” said Hupp. “It’s our last chance and we have told the kids to go out and play hard and have fun and see what happens.”

Ravenswood will look for its first win of the year against Roane County Friday, Oct. 29, at home. “This is a LKC game and it is a rivalry game,” said fourth-year head coach Eric Hupp.

Roane possesses an outstanding quarterback in Shadraq Greathouse and an exceptional back in Briar Begler.

“They are big up front,” said Hupp. “They are a team trying to get into the playoffs.”

Roane had reached as high as seventh in the Class AA ratings.

Red Devil football notebook

Ravenswood leads the series with Roane County, 20-9.

Roane has won the last three.

Ravenswood won nine in a row from 2007-2014 and eight straight from 1998-2005.

Roane was formed in 1993 when Spencer and Walton merged.

Roane’s Paul Burdette is in his 11th season as head coach for his alma mater.

One of his assistants is Matt Peery, who was a standout on the 2014 Ravenswood team — the last to reach the playoffs and enjoy a winning season.

Ravenswood football coaching legend Fred Taylor is a graduate of old Walton High School and was head coach there before coming to Jackson County.

Prior to the game, the latest class of inductees of the Ravenswood High School Red Devil Hall of Fame will be recognized.

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