Super Six Preview: Number One Versus Number Two
Wheeling Island will be rocking on Friday, Dec. 3, when the top-seeded Ravenswood Red Devils take on the second seed Magnolia Blue Eagles for the WVSSAC Class-AA state football title. Both teams are looking to cap off a perfect 14-0 season.
This is not the first time these teams have met in the title game. In 1972, the Devils defeated the Eagles 14-6 and the Devils are looking for their first state title since 1976 when they beat Big Creek 15-7.
The Eagles are searching for their first state title since 1964, when they beat Mount Hope 15-7, but they will be making their seventh trip to the Big Easy, the fifth since 1980. The Eagles are also in the title game for the second time in the last three seasons. The last time they were there was in 2008 when they finished runner-up to the Grafton Bearcats.
The Eagles’ offense has put up 552 points per game, which averages to a little over 42 points a game. They have proven that they can hurt you with the run and the pass all season long, with Kennedy Award candidate Justin Fox at quarterback and the playmakers around him.
Cameron Benson, Stephen Rogalski, and Brendan Kacor are having big seasons at the wide out positions. But, there are also a couple good targets in the backfield – senior Treah Keller, who caught a TD pass last week in the win over Greenbrier West – and his younger brother, junior Jayson Keller, who was the high carrier against Greenbrier with 215 rushing yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, it always seems like somebody new steps up every week and stands out for coaches Bob Ripley and Dave Grandstaff.
The Blue has given up only 69 total points this season which averages out to be just under six points per game.
As for the Devils, they got to the title game by defeating the defending state champion Bluefield Beavers 24-19. They can also light up the scoreboard, scoring 490 points total and averaging around 38 points a game.
Their defense has allowed 181 points this season for an average of about 14 points per game.
The Eagles have scored double figures every game except one and the Devils have scored double figures in every game. The Eagle defense has pitched seven shut outs, compared to none for the Devils.
Wheeling Island will be jam packed Friday night as these two unbeaten squads lay everything on the line for the state title.
So, get your seats now because it should be a great game between these two programs.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.