RAVENSWOOD - History will not repeat itself for the Red Devils of head coach Mick Price as host Ravenswood took advantage of three Ritchie County fumbles en route to a 43-21 victory on Homecoming Night at Flinn Field.
With the victory Ravenswood, which dropped its final eight games of the season a year ago after starting at 2-0, improved to 3-2 with a road game at Braxton County while Ritchie County, now 4-2, will look to get back on the winning track when Lincoln pays a visit to Chuck Schofield Memorial Stadium next Friday night.
The game was close for most of the first half as Ravenswood jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on a 53-yard run by Devon Crews and a PAT by Nathan Cunningham only to have the Rebels knot the game at seven when senior quarterback Alex Lipscomb connected with senior wideout Dylan Frye for a 57-yard scoring pass with 9:25 left in the first quarter. Sophomore Orlando Burgy added the PAT to even the score.
That would not be the last time the game would be tied, however, as the hosts would take advantage of an 11-yard punt by the visitors, taking over at the Rebels' 35 with 11:49 left in the half. Three plays later Heath Burgess broke through the middle of the Ritchie County defense from 11-yards out for the go-ahead score. The point after went wide left, but Ravenswood would take a short-lived 13-7 advantage with 10:33 showing on the clock.
Ritchie County would take the ensuing kickoff and behind the passing of Lipscomb, who completed 18-of-23 attempts for 264 yards and three touchdowns, connected on all five of his throws as the Rebels marched 80-yards to tie the game again when Lipscomb hit Tyler Reed from 17-yards out for the score. The try for the point after, however, sailed wide right and the game remained tied with 5:36 left until the intermission.
Both teams turned the ball over on fumbles over the next two offensive plays with Ravenswood garnering the second one thanks to Cunningham falling on the loose ball at the Rebels' 49.
Eight plays later the hosts took the lead for good on a 10-yard run by Crews and a Cunningham PAT with 1:56 left in the first half. Those would not be the final points, however, as Cunningham added a 43-yard field goal with 14.9 ticks showing on the clock before the intermission.
Ritchie proved to be its own worst enemy after the half as the Rebels were flagged for a hold on what would have been a 70-yard touchdown pass from Lipscomb. However, the visitors were forced to punt three plays later.
The miscue proved to be fatal as Ravenswood would increase its lead to 36-13 on a 1-yard run by Rhys Jelich with 2:56 left in the third and a 12-yard scoring pass from Burgess to Isaac Crow with 11:55 left in the game.
Both teams added touchdowns over the final nine minutes of the game, but it would not be enough for the Rebels, who were held to 84 yards rushing on 31 carries.
Pacing the Red Devils on the ground was Crews with 136 yards on 14 carries while Jelich added 77 yards on the same number of touches. Burgess finished 7-of-12 passing for 65 yards with three of those going to Crow for 34 yards and a score.
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Tyler Consolidated 46, Buffalo 14
KIDWELL - Host Tyler Consolidated scored the first five touchdowns Friday night en route to a 46-14 romp over still winless (0-6) Buffalo.
It was 34-0 before the visiting Bison got on the board with 2:30 left in the third quarter.
Tyler's Jacob Highley ran for 202 yards on just 10 carries and scored three TDs, on runs of four, ifve yards and 24 yards.
In all, Tyler, now 2-4, gained 334 yards on the groundf on 38 carries.
The Silver Knights also got a 20-yard scoring scamper by Josh Ruble on a blocked-punt return and a 63-yard pick-6 interception by Jordan Baker.
Tyler next plays in two weeks, hosting South Harrison at 7 p.m. on Oct 18.
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South Harrison 25, Calhoun County 18
LOST CREEK -Calhoun County put on a fourth-quarter rally here Friday night but came up a touchdown short, dropping a 25-18 Little Kanawha Conference decision to South Harrison.
The Red Devils (0-6) trailed 25-6 in the fourth quarter when Logan Moore broke loose for a 67-yard TD run with 8:14 to play. Then, Mason Sheldon scored his second TD of the game on a 2-yard run with 5:50 to play, but that was as close as Calhoun would get.
Sheldon's other score came on a 35-yard TD pass from Casey Ritchie.
South Harrison (3-3) got rushing TDs from Ian Rigglemanm and Michael Bell and a 69-yard kickoff return by Chase Jenkins.
Calhoun County will entertain St. Marys next Friday night.
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Magnolia 32, Monroe Central 8
NEW MARTINSVILLE -Magnolia kept its Class A playoffs alive here Friday night, blasting visiting Monroe Central, 32-8, in a result that left both teams at 3-3.
The Blue Eagles got 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns from Drew Keller, who had the game's first score on a 2-yard TD run and later added a 45-yard interception return. Jake Brill rushed for a Magnolia TD and hit Kyle Ritz with a 10-yard six-pointer while Yale Wetzel closed out the scoring with a 33-yard TD run.
The Blue Eagles will remain at home next Friday night when Weir comes calling.
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Braxton County 39, Liberty Harrison 0
SUMMERSVILLE -Chase Oney and Thomas Pritt scored a pair of touchdowns apiece here Friday night to lead Braxton County to a 39-0 thumping of visiting Liberty Harrison.
It was the first win for the Eagles (1-5), who will entertain Ravenswood next Friday night while Liberty Harrison fell to 0-5.
Jared Pritchford rushed for 140 yards on 16 carries for Braxton and also caught a 68-yard TD pass from Pritt.
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Belpre 35, Eastern 6
REEDSVILLE, Ohio - Belpre snapped a four-game losing streak Friday night with 35-6 TVC Hocking Division triumph over host Eastern.
"It was an excellent defensive effort on our part," said Golden Eagle head coach Greg Adams of his team, now 2-4, heading into next Friday's home game versus South Gallia at 7:30 p.m., as Adams' theme of "unity and execution" paid dividends against Eastern, now also 2-4.
Dijon Bedgood scored theee touchdowns for Belpre, while Manney Tullius and Tavian Miller each tallied a Golden Eagle six-pointer.