The Redmond Panthers (6-3) own the bragging rights as the best football team in Redmond, as they defeated their cross-town rivals, The Ridgeview Ravens (3-6), in their first ever meeting on Halloween night, 39 to 16.
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After a disappointing 2014 run in the I-M-C, where both teams had lost to Bend, Summit, and Mt. View, this game was about pride.
Even if neither team would make the post season, the motivation to prove who was the better team was palpable.
It was a chilly overcast night, and the scoring started slowly with Redmond getting the only score in the 1st quarter on a 4th and 5 ten-yard TD pass from QB Bunker Parrish (So. 5-11/200) to WR Alani Troutman (Jr. 6-2/180).
Redmond missed the extra point, so at the end of the first quarter the Panthers held a 6-0 lead.
Parrish finished the evening with 193 yards passing.
With close to 8 minutes left in the 2nd, the Ravens took the lead when RB Tanner Stevens (Sr. 5-7/160) bulldozed his way into the end zone from 1 1/2 yards out. A Troy Purcell extra point gave Ridgeview a 1 point lead, 7-6.
However, on the 1st play of the following possession, Redmond answered with a 77 yard catch and run TD by Troutman. After missing another extra point attempt, the Panthers were up 12-7.
Troutman finished with 149 yards receiving on 4 receptions.
The Raven regained the lead on a 61 yard run by Stevens, and Purcell’s extra point, 14-12.
The Panthers did not stay down long, as RB Hunter Smith (Jr. 5-10/170) broke long run, galloping 67 yards for the score. A catch by TE Cody Winters (6-5/250) for the 2-point conversion made it 20-14.
The Ravens marched inside the 2 yard line with time running out in the half, but the Panther’s CB Riley Powell (Jr. 5-10/155) stripped WR Seth Whitley (Jr. 5-8/165) and recovered the fumble himself to stymie the Ridgeview drive.
The Panthers could not convert that turnover into any points, and went into the locker room nursing a 6 point lead 20-14.
The 2nd half started with the Ravens driving all the way down to the 1 yard line, but consecutive runs by RB Cooper Shaw (Jr. 5-7/149), QB Jacob Johnson (Sr. 6-4/220) and Stevens could not bust over the goal line and the Ravens failed on downs.
However, on the very next play, the snap to Parrish was low and he threw the ball away before he could be sacked in the end zone, resulting in and intentional grounding call and a safety, which would be the Ravens final score of the game, 20-16.
With less that 30 seconds left in the 3rd, Smith broke a 74 yard touchdown run, and kicker Alex Alex Hughes (So. 5-9/145) made the extra point, giving the Panthers, a 27-16 lead.
Smith added 2 more TD’s to his total, running it in from 6 and 3 yards out in the 4th quarter to seal the Panther’s 39-16 victory in the first meeting of the two schools on the grid iron.
Redmond ends its season with a 6-3 record but fails to make the playoffs, while the Ravens end the 2014 campaign with a 3-6 mark.
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