By Cale Colisimo
RALEIGH -- The Ravenscroft Ravens scored on the game’s opening kickoff and never looked back in their 42-0 win over Wake Christian Friday night.
It was homecoming for the Ravens (4-4, 3-0 Big East), and they did not disappoint the mood inside the stadium. Crawford Sloan took the kickoff 85 yards for the early score. Five minutes later on their next drive, LJ Young scored from one yard out as the Ravens started to get things rolling.
“(The kickoff) got us going,” said quarterback Jamie Herakovich. “We were rolling after that.”
The Bulldogs (2-5, 0-2) never were able to get into a groove on offense. Quarterback Beau Barger was hounded by the Ravens’ defense all night, as he was forced into two interceptions and then a fumble by Luke Ryals allowing the Ravens to increase their lead to 28-0 by halftime.
“That put them down. I think we got into their heads,” Herakovich said about his team’s stellar defense.
Herakovich was playing in his first game in a month after separating his shoulder. He completed six of 10 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
“I’m happy to be so successful for my first time out. I had my adrenaline going, it felt fine,” he said.
Because of his injury, Ravens coach Ned Gonet used three quarterbacks as he eased his starter back. Young and Jacob Lamb both saw time at the position, but Gonet insists he’s sticking with Herakovich.
“We’re fortunate. L.J. and Jacob did an admirable job,” said Gonet. “They’ve come a long way. We’re in a situation now where we have three quarterbacks we can go to. Ultimately we’ll get Jaime back in the mix, and he’ll be our guy.”
Herakovich connected with Grady Finch for 20 yards early in the second quarter. He then found Will Barefoot for 14 yards on their first play following a turnover by the Bulldogs.
Young started the game at quarterback for the Ravens. He threw for 67 yards on his four pass attempts before giving way to Lamb in the second quarter.
“I’ve been out three or four weeks,” said Herakovich. “They’ve gotten a lot of reps. We now have three solid quarterbacks to run the offense.”