While the Ravens fell to 0-2 in Trans-Valley Youth Football League play, the outcome was not the focal point of the team's coaching staff.
"We grew and we worked together as a team," said assistant coach Rick Azevedo. "We had some boys do some things really well. I think that we are about to hit our stride."
The JV Ravens crossed the goal line three times Saturday, including a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown from Carson Stonebarger, in a 18-2 shellacking of the Modesto Patriots.
Joseph McGarry added an 11-yard touchdown run for the Ravens (2-0), and Miguel Alvarez tacked on a 60-yard TD scamper.
The Ravens' defense, meanwhile, came up with a goal line stand to end the only Patriots scoring threat of the game.
Four different players scored touchdowns for the novice Ravens team, putting them ahead at a a 2-0 start.
The Ravens rang up five TDs on the ground to earn a 34-7 victory over the host Modesto Patriots.
Souljah Garcia led the Ravens’ offense with a 15-yard touchdown run and a 70-yard jaunt for another score.
Jared Rosas added a 60-yard touchdown run for the Ravens. Teammate Javier Huizar tacked on a 55-yard score and Alexis Rivera had a 7-yard TD run.
The Ravens' defense allowed less than 50 total yards.
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