Rocky River overcame three turnovers, including a second-half interception inside the Mustangs’ 5-yard line, for a 37-14 victory Friday night at Myers Park.
Ravens coach Jason Fowler, dripping from a celebratory Gatorade bath following the first defeat of Myers Park in school history, couldn’t hide his satisfaction after the game.
“We’ve never beaten Myers Park,” Fowler said. “We went back and looked and they have beaten us worse over three years than any team besides Butler. They’ve beaten us by an average of 42-11 over a three-year period. I’m a little cold right now, but it was worth it. These guys put in a lot of hard work and I’m proud of the effort to come over here and beat a good football team.”
Rocky River’s offense started hot despite poor field position, driving 96 yards on its first possession and scoring on a 57-yard touchdown run along the sideline by running back Elijah Jett.
After a punt by Myers Park, Rocky River quarterback Christian Allen-Brown capped a 59-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Aaron Cole for a 14-0 lead.
Down 14-7 in the second quarter, Myers Park appeared poised to tie the game after Allen-Brown fumbled a snap, turning the ball over to the Mustangs just 19 yards from paydirt. But the Rocky River D yielded only four yards, and Myers Park kicker Brent Cimaglia missed a 32-yard field goal try.
“We can’t get complacent,” Rocky River safety Lamar Hood said. “The past couple of years, we have been up in a couple games and lost. We learned that Myers Park could beat us at any time. We were tired of losing – it was time to win.”
Following the missed field goal, the Ravens took over and moved downfield in their two-minute offense. Rocky River led 21-7 at the break thanks to a 24-yard TD strike from Allen-Brown to wide receiver Kaylan Love just before halftime.
The Ravens sealed the deal in the fourth quarter with a safety and a late touchdown run by running back Deron Davis.
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