The Raven football team took to the field for the first time this season on Aug. 27 against the visiting William Penn University Statesmen. The Ravens were victorious with a final score of 34-14.
The Ravens started the game by putting points on the board early with an interception returned 78 yards for a touchdown by senior defensive back Joel Mewis. The Ravens would go on a run by scoring 24 unanswered points throughout the next quarter and a half.
On the offensive side of the ball the Ravens were led by sophomore wide receiver Jacob Gathright. Gathright finished off an impressive and efficient day with three catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
“The practices leading into the game had prepared me. During the game it was time for me to execute everything we’ve been practicing. When I saw the safety drop on the first touchdown I knew it was over,” Gathright said.
Supporting Gathright through the air was senior quarterback Garrett Kettle who ended his season debut going 23-34 for 261 passing yards and three touchdowns.
“I felt like our kids came out ready to go. There was a lot of unknown with them running a new offense and a new defense, the kids handled it pretty well. Winning the turnover battle was a big deal and we ended up being plus three there,” Head Coach Joel Osborn said.
The Raven defense had four turnovers, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions but none bigger than the pick six by Mewis on the opening drive.
Coach Osborn and the Ravens look to build on a strong first game and continue their success throughout the 2022 campaign.