By EMILY R. WEST | Photos by DEB SCALLY
The momentum didn’t swing toward the Ravenwood Raptors for its homecoming game.
The reigning Class 6A state champion Raptors fell to 4-5 on the year with a 23-13 loss against Region 3-6A foe Wilson Central (7-2, 4-2) Friday.
It was the sixth time this fall the Raptors were held to 16 points or less.
Ravenwood started out strong, punching in points on the board first with a 45-yard touchdown pass from quarterback McCain Marrow to running back D’Angelo Rice.
Wilson Central slowly chipped away back, hitting a field goal and then scoring a touchdown in the middle of the second quarter. With another field goal before halftime, the Wildcats were only up 13-7 at halftime. From there, Wilson Central maintained the game.
“At times we did well, and at times we didn’t,” Ravenwood head coach Richie Wessman said. “We just have to keep working at being more consistent in executing. We are working hard in every phase. We just have to keep working on all phases of the game, and we aren’t really good enough at any of them to get what we need to done.”
The loss drops the Raptors to fifth in the region, leaving them eyeing a road trip in the first round of the playoffs.
Wilson Central extended its lead with another field goal and touchdown in the third quarter. Ravenwood made an attempt at a comeback in the fourth quarter with a 34-yard touchdown pass from Marrow to receiver Griffin Lau.
Ravenwood failed the ensuing two-point conversion.
A majority of Ravenwood’s production came through the air, as it passed for 255 yards. It mustered just 56 yards on the ground.
Ravenwood closes out the regular season against Antioch at home next week.