Much has been made about Herbert Hoover's change in offensive scheme from the spread to a run-oriented approach.
If the Huskies were looking for an inspiration to model their attack after, they needed only to look across the field in their season opener on Friday night.
Ravenswood stormed into Joe Eddie Cowley Field in Falling Rock and ground out 319 yards rushing on 50 carries, survived a furious third-quarter Huskies rally, and registered the first win in new coach Mick Price's football career 40-20.
The Red Devils set the tone early, scoring on all four of their first-half possessions in building a lead Hoover just couldn't quite erase.
"You'd think a person would be happy when it was 27-0 at the half, but you never know," Price said. "I just said, 'What happened?' I said at halftime, 'This is what we must prevent.' I think I should've quit coaching, shut up, and come back out here and maybe things would've been all right. But, I thought the kids sucked it up a little bit and made a couple of plays."
What Price alluded to were 20 straight Herbert Hoover points to start the third quarter as a Ravenswood offense that had been so potent stalled on two straight possessions. The Huskies notched touchdowns on their first three second-half chances and quickly made a game out of what looked to be a blowout.
But with his team reeling and facing a second-and-19 from the Huskies' 34, Red Devils quarterback Heath Burgess connected with Thomas Sturm for a 24-yard gain, setting up an eventual 10-yard rushing touchdown from Rhys Jelich. The Red Devils never looked back.
Making big plays was a theme for Burgess as the junior ran the ball twice and had one completion in the first half, all three of which went for touchdowns.
"That felt amazing," Burgess said. "I didn't really think I was going to score on the first three, but it just came and it was awesome."
Burgess' scoring runs came from 1 and 7 yards out and were sandwiched around an 18-yard scoring run from receiver Patrick Watson on a reverse.
But Burgess saved his biggest play for last. The Red Devils took the ball with just 39.9 seconds remaining in the first half after Hoover punted and quickly drove 27 yards to the Huskies' 45-yard line. With time dwindling, Burgess heaved a ball to Jelich, who was left in single coverage and the sophomore made a leaping catch and stumbled into the end zone with just .9 seconds left on the clock.