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Raptors give Rietveld first victory for 1-0 record in 11-AAA

By CAROL STUART
For Brentwood Home Page
Ravenwood's football team took a big step toward building a new winning tradition Friday night, handing Hillsboro its first loss of the season, 22-9, and giving new coach Joe Rietveld his first victory at RHS.

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The Raptors, with their third head coach in four seasons, also came away in the home-opener with a 1-0 record in district play and evened up its overall mark at 1-1. RHS had lost 42-10 at Battle Ground Academy last week.

"It feels so good coming from a losing season last year. To go 1-and-1, it means a lot," said senior running back Omar Joseph. "... Last week we got off to a rough start, but we picked our feet back up."


 Jaylen MacGriff of the Raptors talks about his touchdown.
 

 Head coach Joe Reitveld speaks to his team.
 

 The Raptors celebrate their win with Coach Reitveld.
 

Junior quarterback Andrew Radford, making his first start, threw 20 yards for the opening touchdown to Jaylen McGriff. Running backs Ryan Butler and Joseph also scored TDs, and Thomas Dawson tacked on a field goal.

"I told the guys I'm going to be coaching for a long time and hopefully get a lot of wins, and I feel very happy for the seniors. They've been through heck and back, and they needed this one," Rietveld said.

"I have confidence they would have come out Monday and been ready to go and get ready for the next game, but this just helps. They've been through a lot."

The defense was equally as impressive as the offense, holding the Burros (2-1) to just a field goal until the last 29 seconds when Hillsboro's TD drive was aided by two RHS personal fouls and a 46-yard pass.

Quarterback C.J. Robinson and the Burro running backs just loose a few times, but often felt pressure especially from the D-line including Anthony Jones, Cameron Brown, Robert Johnson and Adarius Davis.

"We did our jobs today and played as a team," said Jones, a senior. "We stayed home, the defensive ends did our jobs, and the D-tackles and middle linebackers did it right. We just came together as a team tonight. ... They have some speed, but we stopped them."

The Raptors started off a bit shaky with two penalties for movement on the opening possession including before the punt. But Brown kept Robinson from making a third-and-short.

Ravenwood then got the ball on its 15, and Rietveld had to call a timeout on second down when the offense wasn't lined up correctly.

The Raptors drew another motion penalty, this time in the backfield, before Radford connected with Tevin Hill on a 41-yard catch and run down the left side to the HHS 42. McGriff hauled in Radford's third-and-10 pass at about the 3 and scored for the 6-0 lead.

RHS had the extra-point kick blocked and quickly drew a facemask plus a defensive holding call on Hillsboro's next possession. Grant Jones recovered a fumble for the Raptors, but the Burros got the ball back at the RHS 24 when Dawson couldn't get the punt off. The Raptors defense still held the Burros' to a 46-yard field goal.

"Our defense bailed us out a couple of times. We probably should have punted in the second half on fourth down. That was debatable," Rietveld said. "They gave us the ball on the turnover and we didn't taken advantage of it. Our defense played well, and I just thought all around barring the penalties it was a good game."

RHS took a 12-3 lead 3:27 before halftime on Butler's 12-yard run up the middle, although the PAT kick was blocked again. Radford hit Butler for a 19-yard pass play, and Joseph had three straight carries for first downs on the nine-play, 80-yard drive.

"Our O-line was blocking and they did unbelievable -- I couldn't ask for anything else," Radford said.

Claybrook Sisk had a tackle for loss and Davis recorded a sack to stop Hillsboro before halftime. And Brown pressured Robinson and batted down a pass for a three-and-out just after intermission.

Joseph found paydirt with 6:07 remaining in the third quarter on a "wildcat" play from 1 yard out. Rietveld gambled on fourth-and-7 at the Burro 36, with Radford hitting River Matich for a 12-yard gain.

"I had to work hard for my touchdown run," said Joseph, who had gains of 14 and 17 on the drive.

He said he's loving the offense, which went from no-back shotgun spread alignments to the direct snaps to Joseph and other various formations.

"We try and window-dress a lot of simple stuff and put the ball in the kids' hands that can be most effective," Rietveld said. "We're not good enough to just line up and pound it against people, so we have to be diversified as possible -- without being too crazy."

Leading  19-3, Rietveld went for it again on fourth down at the Hillsboro 43 on the next drive but didn't make it. The Raptors' defense held again, with Bryant Hailey leveling a receiver to break up a third-down pass.

"One of the fourth downs, our defensive coordinator gave me the green light and said go for it, and the other one I thought we had a good play. I almost called a timeout because I'd rather play field position," Rietveld said.

"I'm a little more Jim Tressel-like than Les Miles that's for sure. It worked out OK. We'll all learn from it."

Ravenwood sustained another long drive for 16 plays, including an 18-yard run by Butler on third-and-1, before Dawson's 22-yard field goal made it 22-3 with 4:41 remaining.

Hillsboro finally scored a TD with 29 seconds left on Robinson's pass to Stephon Perry. However, Blake Bodin broke up the two-point conversion pass, and Drew Dorsey recovered Hillsboro's onside kick for RHS.

Radford said the team was playing for senior linebacker Colin Sawyer, out for the season after shattering his ankle.

"It feels good to be up there in the district," Jones said. "...  We're going to keep it up and try to prove everybody wrong with the district and everything, and go to the top. And we're just going to try to keep the wins going."

HILLSBORO        0              3              0              6                9                             
RAVENWOOD    6              6              7              3              22                          

RAV: MCGRIFF 20 PASS FROM RADFORD (KICK BLOCKED)
HB: OCCHIPINTI 46 FG                                                                                                  
RAV: BUTLER 12 RUN (KICK BLOCKED)                                                                                                 
RAV: JOSEPH 1 RUN (DAWSON KICK)                                                                                                   
RAV: DAWSON 22 FG                                                                                                  
HB:   HAWKINS 5 PASS FROM ROBINSON (PASS FAILED)                                                                                                   

HILLSBORO                                                RAVENWOOD                   
  
8                              FIRST DOWNS                 15                          
24-62                     RUSHES-YARDS                 37-205                  
4-9-0                      COMP-ATT-INT                 12-17-0                
63                           PASSING                           112                        
125                         TOTAL YARDS                     317                        
1-1                          FUMBLES-LOST                  0-0                         
3-20                       PENALTIES-YARDS              7-60                      
1-8                        SACKED BY/YARDS               2-9                        

RAVENWOOD

PASSING                      COMP       ATT         YDS       TD       INT      LONG
RADFORD, ANDREW       12           17           120        1           0          41          

RUSHING                    ATT          YDS       AVG           TDS       LONG   
JOSEPH, OMAR             14           89          6.4          1            16
RADFORD, ANDREW       6           23          3.8           0              9             
BUTLER, RYAN                9           61          6.8           1            18             
CAMERON, CLAY            7            42          6.0           0            15
DAWSON, THOMAS        1           -10         -10.0        0            -10             

RECEIVING          CATCHES      YDS         AVG        TD        LONG 
HILL, TEVIN               3              51          17.0        0              41             
MCGRIFF, JAYLEN      4              31            7.8        1              20             
BUTLER, RYAN           2              24          12.0        0              19
MATICH, RIVER         2              14            7.0         0              12                    
CARTER, CAMERON   1               0             0.0         0              0              

TACKLES: Grant Jones 3, Jonathon Layne, Vincent Swann 2, Cam Brown 2, Alex Blackburn 2, Hunter Dickerson 2, Adarius Davis 2, Robert Johnson 2, Claybrook Sisk 2, Connor Bennett 1, Conley Jolly 1, Max Carter 1, Blake Bodin 1, Tyler Lowell 1.

FUMBLE RECOVERY: Grant Jones

DEFLECTION; Cam Brown

SACKS: Alex Blackburn, Adarius Davis

TACKLES FOR LOSS: Anthony Jones, Adarius Davis, Robert Johnson

KICKOFF RETURNS      RETURNS   YARDS      AVB            TDS       LONG
JOSEPH, OMAR               1              31           31.0            0              31
LOWELL, TYLER              1              0              0.0             0              0             

KICKING                    FG ATT     FG MADE     LONG       XP ATT    XP MADE  KO TOUCHBACKS            
DAWSON, THOMAS        1              1              22              3              1              3              

PUNTING                      ATT          YDS          AVG          LONG    RET YDS   NET AVG   BLOCKED
GIANGRECO, MICHAEL  1              38           38.0          38            10           28.0        0

 

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