Crook County commits three turnovers in 12-3 loss to Ridgeview

On Friday night, the Ridgeview Ravens earned a hard-fought 12-3 victory over the Crook County Cowboys in Special District I football LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Cole Ovens tackles Tanner Stevens for a short gain. Ovens finished with six tackles for the Cowboys in a defensive battle against the Ridgeview Ravens.

“I tell you what, our defense played extremely well,” said Crook County Head Coach Ryan Cochran following the game. “I don’t know how many fourth downs it was, but stopping them that many times on fourth down — I was really proud.”

The Ravens kicked off to start the contest, and Gunnar Robirts returned the ball to the 44-yard line for the Cowboys. On third and five, Crook County quarterback Mike Irwin was sacked and fumbled the ball. Crook County recovered the ball, but was forced to punt.

Ridgeview returned the punt to their 20-yard line. After failing to move the ball, the Ravens punted the ball back to the Cowboys, who took over on the 49-yard line. However, a bobbled center snap kept the Cowboys from gaining a first down, and they punted the ball back to the Ravens, who took over on their own 10-yard line. On second and 10, Christian Archer blasted up the middle all the way to the 46-yard line to give the Ravens a first down.

The Crook County defense stiffened and Ridgeview punted the ball down to the Cowboy two-yard line. Fourteen plays later, the Cowboys had a first down on the Ridgeview five-yard line. However, the drive finally stalled on the four-yard line, and the Cowboys were forced to settle for a 21-yard Ryder Shinkle field goal 50 seconds into the second quarter.

Tanner Stevens returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for an apparent Raven touchdown. However, Ridgeview was called for holding on the play, nullifying the touchdown. The Ravens took possession of the ball on their own 32-yard line and proceeded to go on an eight-play, 68-yard drive. Stevens finally scored from four yards out with 6:43 left in the first half. The extra point attempt was no good and the Ravens led 6-3.

Crook County committed the first of three turnovers on their next possession when Irwin’s pass was intercepted and returned to the Ridgeview 42-yard line. Ridgeview was quickly forced to punt and Colbran Meeker returned the ball to the 25-yard line. Then came the decisive play of the game. Irwin dropped back to throw a screen pass. The ball deflected off of the receivers hands and into the arms of Jack Bowman who returned the ball 30-yards for a touchdown. Once again, the extra point attempt was no good and the Ravens led 12-3 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half.

Neither team was able to move the ball effectively the remainder of the contest. Crook County drove the ball inside the Raven 10-yard line once in the third quarter, but was unable to come away with any points. Then, late in the fourth quarter, the Ravens intercepted their third pass of the game ending any hopes that the Cowboys had of making a LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Colbran Meeker makes a cut during the Cowboys game with Ridgeview. Meeker led the Cowboys rushing attack with 139 yards in 17 carries

Crook County finished the contest with 294 yards of total offense compared to just 217 for Ridgeview. The Cowboys amassed 250 yards rushing the ball, but completed just four of 20 passes for 44 yards. Meanwhile, led by 20 carries and 105 yards by Stevens, the Ravens managed 154 yards rushing. The Cowboys finished with 19 first downs in the contest compared to just eight for the Ravens. However, Crook County was unable to move the ball when it counted most.

Meeker led the Cowboy rushing attack with 17 carries for 139 yards. Irwin added 92 yards on 22 carries. Meeker also had three of the four Crook County pass receptions, accounting for all 44 yards of passing offense.

“We could move the ball in the middle of the field then we would get down to the 30 and in and we couldn’t get that movement,” Cochran said. “We got into the red zone multiple times and weren’t able to score.”

The Cowboy defense was led by Seth Flegel with nine tackles. Aaron Swindle added eight tackles, while Cole Ovens and Zach Smith each had six and Clark Woodward, Grant Porfily, and Meeker finished with five tackles apiece.

The win earns the Ravens (6-1) the league championship and at least a play-in game. With the Ravens currently ranked fifth in the OSAA?power rankings they will most likely get a bye into the first round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Cowboys fall to 3-4 on the year. The team is currently 28th in the power rankings and even if they win their final two games of the year they will need help to earn a play-in contest.

Crook County is on the road on Friday when they travel to Bend to take on the 4-3 Summit Storm. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Ridgeview 12, Crook County 3

at Crook County

Ridgeview 0 12 0 0 -- 12

Crook County 0 3 0 0 -- 3

CC -- Ryder Shinkle 21 yard field goal

RV -- Tanner Stevens 2 yard run (kick failed)

RV -- Jack Bowman 30 yard interception return (run failed)

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