Senior Tiger Harris sparked a big second quarter rally with four touchdown runs Thursday night as Ravenscroft handed Word of God its first 11-man football loss, 56-25.
The Rams (3-1) have been playing 8-man football for several years but made the transition to 11-man this year under coach Eric Clemmons and recorded a forfeit win and two come-from-behind wins before running into the more established Ravens program.
The win was welcomed by Ravenscroft coach Ned Gonet, whose team is 2-3, while battling injuries and a very tough schedule. Last week, the Ravens had to travel to Charlotte on Friday and Monday to complete a game because of the weather.”
“We got back on the winning track; it’s been three weeks since we had a victory, and we struggled Monday when we had to replay a game in Charlotte,” Gonet said. “And these kids have played some tough, physical games the last three weeks. We made some mistakes we’ve got to correct but got a lot of guys on the field and played better, executed better in the second half. We did a good job stopping the run, and we’ve been doing that this season.”
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The two teams were tied 7-7 after the first quarter, but Harris was able to shake loose for touchdown runs of 14, 15, 39, and 13 yards in the second period as Ravenscroft (2-3) led 35-13 at halftime.
Harrris ended the game with 222 yards on 19 carries.
“We lost Crawford Sloan last week, but we’ve got a good stable of running backs – Harris, Donald Fuller, Colby Muldrow – and haven’t had a chance to use them all yet,” Gonet said.
Word of God got another outstanding game from speedster Atavious Taylor, a sophomore who has returned a kickoff for a touchdown and caught at least one touchdown pass in every Rams game. He caught two touchdown passes – of 38 and 19 yards – from quarterback Chris-Shaun Young and returned a kickoff 98 yards against the Ravens.
“He’s special,” Clemmons said of Taylor. “He’s a basketball kid who hasn’t played a lot of football, but he’s learning, and for the most part, he’s doing a real good job out here.
“Tonight was a little more challenging. Ravenscroft is more of a polished team,” Clemmons said. “A game like this shows us what we’re weak at and what to work on.”