WAXHAW The Rocky River offense had its way with Marvin Ridge rushing for 280 yards and passing for 159 more, as the Ravens rolled to a 28-0 victory.
Rocky River senior tailback Rashaad Brannon led the charge with 168 yards rushing and a touchdown on 18 carries, while classmate Deron Davis had 85 yards on 15 rushes and two touchdowns as the Ravens (4-1) moved the ball up and down the field at will.
We really hung our hat on the running game tonight, and it worked, Rocky River coach Jason Fowler said. Both backs really played well and were tough to stop. Next week (against Myers Park), we also get back (Elijah) Jett and should be even better.
Jett has missed two games with a high ankle sprain.
Rocky River looked good from the start. After Marvin Ridge marched down the field, Ravens junior Jaire Alexander picked off a Turner Schwartz pass to kill the threat.
Three plays later, Brannon burst around left tackle 66 yards untouched for a touchdown a 7-0 lead less than four minutes in.
After a Maverick three-and-out, the Ravens put together an eight-play scoring drive, capped when Brannon took a short screen pass and third-and-13 and turned it into a 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Christian Allen-Brown.
Our game plan was to run the ball, and that is what we did, Brannon said. Me and my friend, Deron, really work well together, and we couldnt do without each other. We both felt great tonight.
Davis capped the Ravens third drive just four plays on a 16-yard touchdown run up the middle to give Rocky River a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.
Davis added Rocky Rivers fourth and final touchdown on the very next drive as he finished off an eight-play, 53-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run.
Allen-Brown also was efficient in the air, going 10-for-15 for 130 yards and a touchdown.
Rocky Rivers defense, which recorded its first shutout of the season, also came up big forcing three first half turnovers.
Meanwhile, Marvin Ridge (1-3) held tough for the remainder, not allowing another score but was plagued by missed tackles, penalties and turnovers.
Maverick senior running back Yuspha Napier led the way with 87 yards rushing on 17 carries.
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