Ravenscroft football coach Ned Gonet found a lot to be pleased with Thursday night after a 51-0 home win over Concord Cannon School.
The Ravens (3-4) dominated the smaller school and moves on to conference play next week against Wake Christian. Cannon is 3-3 after the loss.
“They’re 3-3 and got off to a pretty good start and they’ve done a pretty good job the last couple of weeks,” Gonet said of Cannon. “It was more important for us, after a stretch of some tough games, I was more pleased with our execution. We weren’t sloppy, didn’t have many penalties, we didn’t break down in some areas. I liked the way we positioned ourselves on defense and moved to the football. What I don’t understand is why we don’t do that every Friday or Thursday whenever we play. But we’re a young team and I like our effort.”
Ravenscroft rolled to a 31-0 halftime lead. The offense had 272 yards at halftime and, because of a rolling clock most of the second half, ran just 11 plays but gained 173 yards in the final two periods.
Sophomore Devon Perry had two touchdowns, a 51-yard catch and run from quarterback Cross Carpenter and a 24-yard run.
“Our runningbacks ran well and we threw and caught the ball well,” Gonet said. “And we got some of our speed working, got the ball in Tyler Williams’ hands and Devon Perry. These guys can run. The line continues to grow and improve.”
The defense was just as dominating. The Cougars crossed the 50 just one time and that came in the first half when the Ravens turned the ball over on downs on the 50. Cannon’s longest play of the game, an 11-yard run, helped move the ball to the 34, but again the Ravens defense stopped the Cougars.
“I thought our team would be based off defense this year and we have played well there,” Gonet said. “Tonight our linebacking crew of D.J. Washington, Garrett Hicks, Tiger Harris, did a nice job and the front played well again. Our secondary of Troy Jones, Jaedon Williams, Jeffrey Hines, and others, are all starting to play team defense and that’s good.”