RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. - Plenty will be at stake come 7:30 p.m. tonight at Flinn Field when visiting St. Marys invades to take on Ravenswood.
Senior night for Ravenswood gives the Red Devils a prime opportunity to improve their playoff chances as head coach Mick Price's 5-3 squad plays at rival Ripley next Friday.
The Blue Devils stroll into this affair as the No. 2 ranked team in Class A and will be trying to improve to 9-0 on the campaign.
When Ravenswood doubled up Clay County last week, 42-21, the No. 15 Red Devils secured the Class AA Little Kanawha Conference championship. Now, coach Price's squad faces a stern task and the only way the Red Devils can 100 percent assure themselves of a postseason berth is to win the next two weeks.
St. Marys has locked itself into the single-A postseason, but the Blue Devils can secure homefield advantage and at worse a number two ranking with a win Friday and another road victory next week at Doddridge County.
"They playoffs have already started for us. That's the way we are looking at it," Price said of needing to win out. "Obviously, there is a reason St. Marys is 8-0 and it starts with (head coach) Jodi Mote and the coaching staff right off the bat.
"They execute well, are very disciplined offensively and they don't make mistakes. You add that with some pretty good athletes and some pretty good size and you have a pretty nice football team and they do."
Both teams prefer to use their running game to move the ball as evidenced by the respective starting quarterback pass attempts.
Michael Stout of St. Marys is averaging right at seven attempts a game and Red Devil signal-caller Heath Burgess throws it about 10 times an outing.
Devon Crews, who has 893 yards and 11 touchdowns, leads the RHS ground attack while St. Marys is currently paced by David Gray's 10 touchdowns and 588 ground yards.
A year ago in this game, Ravenswood returned the opening kickoff at St. Marys, but the Blue Devils rolled to a 56-29 victory.
"They embarassed us last year. They just absolutely did about anything they wanted to do with us," Price recalled.
"They are so diversified. They've got several guys. It's just not Gray. They went 10-2 last year for a reason. They utilize the best of their talents."
St. Marys has yet to allow any team to score more than 20 points against it. Ravenswood has only failed to score less than 21 points twice and that happened in losses to Wayne and to Williamstown, which was a game the Red Devils led 14-0.
"I think our kids have a good attitude about what they got to do to be successful," Price added. "We've been through some wars and in those wars I think we've learned.
"The part we got to take care of is play all 48 minutes, don't turn the ball over and take advantage of field position and when you do that you put yourself in a position to be successful."