Williamstown looks to build on strong season opener
RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — First-year Williamstown head coach Chris Beck notched his first career win in week one versus Marietta, and will be out for his first road win when his Yellowjackets face the Ravenswood Red Devils on Friday night.
Like Williamstown teams of the past, the Yellowjackets controlled the line of scrimmage gaining a total of 383 yards and five scores on the ground. But the defense will need to have a better showing in week two, after allowing 365 total yards to the Tigers. With the combination of first game jitters and Marietta playing their second game, Beck believes that his defense will look better not just against the Red Devils, but for the rest of the season as well.
“I think we knew going into it that Marietta started on August 1st and we started August 17th. They already played a game and typically, what you’ll see is a lot of week one nerves for any team and usually, teams make the biggest jump from week one to week two. So we knew we weren’t going to see the same team that just played Warren. But we knew what we’re in for Friday night and we’re just happy to get out of there with a win,” Beck said. “Knowing that if we wanted to be competitive in the game, we knew we needed to control the line of scrimmage and control the clock. We weren’t going to ever go in that game against Marietta with their athletes and that defense and throw it around forty times.”
Junior running back Trevor Oates had a career day in his first start at the position, rushing for 203 yards, three TDs, including the game-winning score with just under a minute left in the game. Playing mostly as fullback after competing for the quarterback job as a sophomore, Beck said that Oates is still learning how to play the position.
“I thought Friday they ran extremely hard. That’s kind of what the Trevor we expect. Trevor had a great, great offseason. Trevor has really grown into his own and the scary part with Trevor is that he’s just learned how to play tailback. He played fullback last year after he competed for the starting quarterback job,” Beck said. “He is just a guy that figures it out as he goes and he’s gonna keep getting better and better and coach (Tyler) Lowers and (Lee) Lauderman have worked with him a lot and we’ve seen dramatic gains in him already.”
Senior quarterback Brayden Modesitt also reached 100 yards rushing and the endzone but struggled in the passing department, Beck believes that the two-year starter at QB will bounce back with a good showing. Sophomore full back Rickie Allen rushed for 50 yards and scored as well. Opening up the holes for those backs are seniors Leewood Molessa, Brady Ankrom, Josh Ingram, and Nick Bower
Ravenswood opened the season with a hard-fought 21-6 away loss to Buffalo.
After seeing what did and didn’t work for the red and black on film, head coach Eric Hupp and the rest of the coaching staff worked on fixing issues like missing blocks or assignments, to be better prepared this Friday for Williamstown.
“Just going into the game as itself, we just had that little pit in your stomach knowing that we just weren’t there yet. We hadn’t got to where we want to be for that first game. They threw some things at us and we got confused. When we went back through the film and slowed it down and talk to them on Monday. They started to click a little bit better and they started putting it together. There were a couple of plays one play three guys go and blocked the same guy. It kind of summed up the night for us. We got a little first-game jitters and those nerves. I know everybody’s in the same boat. But it was the first game really playing together and it kind of showed,” Hupp said. “I’m proud of our kids, we played and we continued to play into the fourth quarter, there was no quit in the team. We finally get to pick six, kind of got us up a little bit. But we allowed one to score and let them get back up two scores. So, we’ve corrected a lot of that, spend a lot of time with the boys teaching and making those corrections. Getting ready to go out, and hopefully, it’ll transfer over Friday night to get us in a position to maybe get a upset.”
Installing a new offense without the full practice schedule and scrimmages, the new looking Red Devils offense will need better production with the ball, only totaling 20 yards (three rushing and 17 passing). Senior Ben Queen will be the Red Devil QB and will share the backfield with running backs senior Caleb Lane, juniors Bryson Litton, Shawn Banks, and Isaiah Casto. Senior Joe Chambers was the leading receiver in the loss with nine receiving yards on one grab.
On the defense side of the ball, the Red Devils will line up in multiple formations depending on what the Yellowjackets line up and will be aggressive.
Junior nose guard Ethan Lane gave problems to the Buffalo line, causing the majority of the nine fumbles between the center and quarterbacks exchange. Also expect linebackers juniors Isaiah Casto, Wes Hill, and sophomore Jaden Sayre to be the first Red Devil defenders to meet ballcarriers.
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