Ravens capture first football win

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By Jonathan Maness

Sports Correspondent

THORNTON – It was a historical night for the 2019 Riverdale Ridge football team on Friday.

The Ravens garnered the first victory in the program history after scoring 23 unanswered points to top Jefferson 23-6.

In its inaugural season, Riverdale went winless at 0-8 and started the season with an uneven loss to Jefferson 60-14. Thanks to a year of experience and hard work the Ravens were able to get their revenge on the Saints.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Riverdale’s junior Braylon Fenderson. “We have worked so hard and it’s a great feeling to get the win and some revenge.”

Ferguson provided a big spark for Riverdale in the second half after breaking loose for an 80-yard touchdown run to open the half and give the Ravens a 10-6 advantage.

Riverdale tacked on more points after forcing Jefferson to go 3-and-out. Fenderson broke loose for 13-yard run and quarterback Prudencio Ortiz-arellanez capped the drive with a 2-yard score.

Riverdale added another touchdown in the fourth when Ortiz-arellanez connected with Cayden Mazurek on a 28-yard score.

“It’s great (to get the win),” Riverdale coach Wayne Voorhees. “It’s amazing how much we have matured. We’ve come a long way since last September and even have grown a lot since June.”

It was the Ravens’ defense that came up with the big plays in the first half. Luis Macias picked up a sack,

Jared Jurado and Trevor Miller each recovered a fumble and Zaccharius Dolos had a tackle for a loss.

“We play great technique (on defense),” the coach said. “Our (defensive backs) did a great job not allowing them to get rid of the ball. It allowed us to get pressure on their quarterback.”

The Ravens got on the scoreboard in the second quarter when Lane Hawkins hit a 24-yard field goal.

Riverdale was threatening to add another touchdown late in the second half but couldn’t convert after driving inside Jefferson’s 10.

“I’m really pleased about the way we played in the second half,” Voorhees said. “We came out playing not to lose, and we looked like in the first half.”

Next up on Ravens revenge tour is a trip to Arvada on Sept. 14 to face the Bulldogs. Arvada won the matchup last year 39-21.