High School Sports

Ravenscroft football earns spot in NCISAA title game, beats Cannon School

Ravenscroft ran its way into the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II finals with a 38-7 romp over Cannon School Friday. The top-seeded Ravens (8-3) jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead by half behind a strong running attack and accurate throwing from quarterback Dylan Harris.

Ravenscroft turned to that running game again in the second half to put the No. 4 Cougars (6-6) away.

“That’s really been our bread and butter all year long,” said Ravenscroft coach Ned Gonet. “We have some really good running backs. Our line’s matured a little bit.”

The defense complemented the Ravens rushing attack by flustering the Cougars offense. Ravenscroft consistently met opposing running backs in the backfield and held Cannon’s starting quarterback Mason McLaughlin to just four yards on 2-of-9 passing.

Ravenscroft will now face second-seeded Christ School in the finals next Friday at home.

Turning point

After scoring a touchdown on its first possession, Ravenscroft got the ball back at the Cannon 49-yard-line on its second possession. On the first play of the drive, quarterback Dylan Harris found Devon Perry down the right sideline for a 49-yard touchdown. Harris dropped back and floated a beautiful southpaw spiral. The Cougars defender mistimed his jump, and the ball landed right in Perry’s arms to put Ravenscroft up a commanding two scores early.

They said it

“We’ve been scoring points by virtue of our defense whether it’s been interceptions, scoop and score or just pinning the offense and that was tonight,” Gonet said. “(Cannon) couldn’t get out of their territory, and there’s not much I think they could do. We could create an offense with our defense by field position.”

Three who mattered

Donald Fuller, Ravenscroft: Fuller had an outstanding game and led the Ravens rushing attack. He carried the ball 11 times for 123 yards and two scores. His first touchdown came on a 25-yard run and the second on a 42-yarder. He was hard to bring down, but his line also opened up big holes.

Chris Nelson, Cannon: The Cougars’ backup quarterback came in during the second half and quietly had a nice game. He completed all five of his passes for 51 yards and a touchdown, and he added 12 yards on three carries.

Dylan Harris, Ravenscroft: Harris threw a great pass to Perry for the touchdown, but he could’ve had another, but it was dropped. Still, Harris opened the game 4-of-5 and finished with 107 yards through the air.

By the numbers

275: Rushing yards by Ravenscroft. It was led by Fuller but also had contributions from Samuel Landis, Colby Muldrow and Donathan Muldrow.

7: Ravenscroft held the Cougars scoreless for the majority of the game. It wasn’t until late with mainly backups in the game when Cannon got on the scoreboard.

“For the fourth week in a row, they’ve been outstanding,” Gonet said. “They’ve done a great job of learning throughout the week what the other team’s doing and ID-ing personnel and just being reactive to things. They did another great job tonight, shutting down a team that put a lot of points on the board in the last month.”

13: It was sloppy at times with 13 penalties called in total. Ravenscroft was called for seven and Cannon called for six, and the game even got chippy at times.