The Ravens won their Trans-Valley Youth Football League season opener against Delhi on Saturday, Aug. 20, beating the host Raiders 42-0.
Antoine Bostic and Antone Bostic, identical twin brothers, combined for three rushing touchdowns to lead the Ravens and give new coach Rick Azevedo his first varsity win.
“It was a great feeling,” Azevedo said. “I was pleased with the kids’ effort. We still have a few things to improve on, but overall, it was an exciting day for our kids and our coaching staff to get that first win under our belt.”
Patterson’s offensive line got things rolling, and the Ravens ended the first half with a 28-0 lead, Azevedo said.
“Our offensive line made sure that we were gap responsible, and from then on out, things went pretty smooth,” he added.
Offensive linemen Jerry Arrendondo, Thomas Turner, Joseph DeLaRosa, Jacob Days, Miguel Mejia-Miranda, Damian Collins and Tyler Wheeler all garnered praise from their coach for “taking control of the game.”
“Our line was the key,” Azevedo said.
Jamal Broussard, Caden Johnson and Arrendondo each scored a touchdown for Patterson.
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 Delhi Raiders offense en route to a 39-0 win.
“We held (Delhi) to under 100 yards of total offense,” Patterson coach Read Weinzheimer said. “We were swarming, gang tackling, not giving up an inch.
“There were so many guys on each tackle, it was hard to pinpoint (who to credit on the score sheet).”
Offensively, Wehemiah Shelton led the way with three rushing touchdowns for the Ravens. Teammates Killian Rosko, Toby Silva and Isaac Garcia also found the end zone.
“We started to play situational football,” Weinzheimer said. “Once we got out of the gate, we were on a roll.”
The novice Ravens, relying on a swarming defense and special teams, didn’t need much offense to beat Delhi, 42-0, Patterson coach John Guevarra said.
Elijah Lawson had two kickoff returns for touchdowns, and Caden Williams’ punt return for another score would be all Patterson would need in its TVYFL opener.
“Our defense was dominant. We pretty much shut down the offense from Delhi,” Guevarra said. “We were getting it done with pure skill and strength.”
Patterson rotated its best offensive weapons to try to create matchup advantages, Guevarra said.
Steven Silva, Carter Corso and Kane Rosko had TDs for the Ravens. Teammates Marco Rios, Zach Rodriguez and Matthew Candelario all crossed the goal line for 1-point conversions.
“Every kid on this team has something to contribute,” Guevarra said.
Patterson junior novice coach David Cota said his team’s tilt against Delhi 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 several of his athletes.
“Both our offense and defense played really well,” Cota said. “We attacked the ball, we tackled well. These kids are green, but they’ve come a long way in just two weeks.”
Jerod Rosas, Jordan Imada and Armin Perez were the Ravens’ standout players, according to the coach.
Cota added that it’s early in the season, and he is still getting to know the team’s talent.
“We’re still working on the basics of tackling,” Cota said. “But once we play a few of these games, our kids are going to start to step up and handle the pressure.”