Cane Ridge needed a win, and it got a big one with a 37-0 shutout against McGavock.
After a few sloppy possessions, Cane Ridge jumped out to a 14-0 lead with two late first-quarter touchdowns. From then on, it was all Ravens.
The Ravens have struggled with injuries lately, and head coach Eddie Woods was glad to see some of his guys come back.
“We started with a lot of adversity,” said Woods. “Coming out of summer scrimmage, we were banged up badly. We had a lot of injuries, got a couple guys out for the year, but we’re starting to get guys back off of injury.”
Junior quarterback Xayvion Clemmons returned from his own injury to lead the offense with 190 passing yards and two touchdowns. One came on a 59-yard throw to junior Quenton Barnes that broke the game open for Cane Ridge.
“Our wide receivers outside are very dynamic, which we want to lean on them anyway,” said Woods. “It’s the first time they’ve been able to be on the field together, so I was proud about that.”
McGavock had few chances to score and could not capitalize on them. The Raiders’ longest drive was 48 yards, and it ended with a blocked field goal. Then, the Raiders drove to the Cane Ridge 12-yard line, only to fail to convert on fourth down.
McGavock head coach Juilus Gore kept it real with his team after the loss.
“We’ve tried to give everybody the benefit of the doubt,” Gore said. “Time to screw that and just say, ‘We’re going to find 11 fighters and put them out there, and we’ll live or die with them.’
“You got two choices in life. You can quit or fight. We’ll see who’s going to fight.”
Still seeking a first win on the season, Gore remained focused on his team.
“I’ve been here 10 years, and what I’ve realized is it’s never about who’s on the other side of the field,” Gore said. “It’s always about us.
“That’s what we preach every day, be the best person you can be. Work hard. Do the things you’re supposed to do. Represent yourself and your family.”
The Ravens are headed into a battle with Stewarts Creek on Friday, Sept. 13.
“It’s going to be a tough matchup,” said Woods. “We knew they were better than last year. The new coach has them playing with a lot of energy. That’s a big district game.”