Ravens’ JV, novice teams wind up short at Super Bowl
by PI Staff
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The Ripon Knights needed all 40 minutes and a miraculous play to stun the Patterson Ravens junior varsity youth football team, 24-22, in the Trans-Valley Youth Football League Super Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds.

A Ripon wide receiver grabbed a deflected Hail Mary heave from his quarterback on the game's final play and then raced his way into the end zone for a 50-yard go-ahead touchdown.

“This is the most heartbreaking loss I’ve had in 11 seasons as a youth football coach,” Patterson coach Read Weinzheimer said. “But there are always two things that can happen in a football game, and you have to mentally prepare for both.”

Trailing 16-14, the Ravens seemed to gain all the momentum they would need with Toby Silva’s 18-yard touchdown reception with 2 minutes, 32 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. But Ripon thrilled its fans with the last-chance win.

“It was such an emotional rollercoaster,” Weinzheimer said. “We went from ‘Hey, we’re winning’ to ‘Hey, we’re going to lose’ in a matter of minutes.

“The football gods really smiled on (Ripon).”

The Ravens used a 10-play drive to reach the end zone late in the first quarter. Silva finished the job, barreling across the goal line for the 4-yard score.

Silva later burst up the middle for 25 yards to make it 14-0.

But Patterson could not hold onto the advantage.

Ripon scored just before halftime and later took the lead in the third quarter.

“We came in with a solid game plan; we had them baffled,” Weinzheimer said. “We were ready for them, and I’m so proud of the way the team played.”

Novice

The novice Ravens’ pursuit of a Super Bowl title also ended short of the prize.

Patterson fell to the Tracy Panthers 41-20.

“This was the first taste of the postseason for our kids,” coach John Guevarra said. “The energy was high, we played with good attitudes and our hearts were in it — but we seemed to be holding something back.”

Matthew Candelario, Elijah Lawson and Carter Corso scored touchdowns for Patterson. Teammate Marco Rios made good on a pair of extra-point attempts.

“This team has a lot of potential and talent,” Guevarra said. “Our goal was to reach the Super Bowl — in that sense, we reached our goal. We just couldn’t take that final step.”

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