The Ravens struggled to move the ball on Saturday at Patterson Community Stadium and the lack of experience on both sides of the pigskin was partially the reason.
The Ravens dropped the opening game of the 2013 campaign, 27-0.
"We have a small team this year," said Ravens coach Bill Chastain. "Everyone played their best, but there is a lot of inexperience on this team. For many players, this was both their first year of football and their first game."
Chastain knew there would be growing pains during the team's first game of the season in the highly-competitive TVYFL.
"We'll continue to work on our offensive blocking and our overall practice routine."
In a sport where the offense often shines, it was the JV Ravens defense that lit up the field last weekend.
From big hits to timely tackles, Patterson’s defense completely dominated the Salida Steelers offense en route to a 20-6 win.
The Ravens defense -- led by Miguel Alvarez, Noah Mirelez, Gregory Reichmuth, Garrett Schut, Josh Wheeler and Xavier Williams -- pressured Salida all game and collected eight sacks en route to a victory.
The hometown defense also held the Salida quarterback to -40 yards passing.
Offensively, Caden Williams led the way with two rushing touchdowns for the Ravens. Alvarez also found the end zone.
"All in all, it was a pretty good performance," said Ravens coach Joe Powers. "But we still have a lot we can improve on."
The novice Ravens won their TVYFL season opener against Salida on Saturday, beating the Steelers 12-0.
"It was a fantastic win for us," said Ravens coach James Perez. "We really wanted to make a statement, and this win says a lot about the hard work we have been putting in."
Jared Rosas had a 65-yard touchdown run and two interceptions, while teammate Souljah Garcia added a 6-yard TD run in the Ravens opener, that left Perez impressed.
"It was an exciting day for our kids and our coaching staff to get that first win under our belt," Perez said.
Patterson junior novice coach Frank Urrutia said his team’s tilt against Salida was more of a scrimmage than a game, noting that scores are officially not kept at such a rudimentary level of football.
Still, he acknowledged the play of his six team captains.
Thomas Perez, Jaden Arredondo, Frank Urrutia Jr., Angel Vera, Johnny Guardo and Ryder Rosas were the Ravens’ standout players, according to the coach.
"Perez, Arredondo and Urrutia Jr. made multiple big plays to keep Salida out of the end zone in the second half of the game," Urrutia said. "On offense, Vera, Guardo and Rosas made multiple touchdowns in the first and second half."
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