Rocky River ends season with 44-13 victory

Ravens rumble on to the field.
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The Rocky River Ravens dominated the Garinger Wildcats in the first half taking a commanding 35-13 lead into intermission.  In fact when the first quarter ended the score was 21-0 with the Ravens in complete control.  The Ravens added 9 more points in the third quarter putting this game completely out of reach for any comeback hopes the Wildcats might have had in mind.

It appeared Rock River had all the answers against Garinger as their offense beat down the Wildcats defense in the first two quarters of the football game setting the tone for the entire game.  The Ravens defense which has been the strength of this team all season played lights out football the entire second half.

This victory was Coach Orlando Gray’s first two consecutive wins for the Ravens who beat local rival Independence Patriots 28-13 last week.  The final two game wins for the Ravens are a real momentum booster for the football program.  Their season record was 2-9 overall, and 2-5 in the SW4A Conference.  However, this young team was good enough to have a winning season with a few breaks and learning how to finish games.  They took powerful Vance into overtime and lost 30-27, a game the Ravens should have won.  They played tough against Myers Park and Butler so the nucleus for a potentially solid 2018 season is possible.

Therefore, next season looks promising for the Ravens as they will have a core group of players returning with some great experience and maturity.  They include QB Brent Jones, James Maye, Jaylon Sharpe, John Park, Zyone Easterling, Marqui Lowery, Odis Gadson, Khalil Turner, Narique Smith, Gabriel Linen and Aldair Ochoa.  The biggest challenge will be to replace the offensive and defensive lines with many starters graduating.

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Ed Berti
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