Rocky River entered the 2012 season looking to make the playoffs for the first time ever, which the Ravens accomplished. But as they walked off the field following a 40-14 playoff loss to Greensboro Page last week, coach Jason Fowler had mixed emotions about the most successful season in school history.
“I told those seniors how proud I was of them,” Fowler said. “I told them that lesser men would probably have quit with all they went through, coming from all over the place and dealing with what they went through.
“I’m proud of them. I’m proud that we made the playoffs, but I don’t want for us to have ticker-tape parades and pep rallies just for us making the (postseason). I want this to be the norm for us. The seniors have helped lay the groundwork, and they did a great job, but hopefully the rising seniors will see that and build on it.”
Fowler said the players should look back on the season, in which the Ravens went 7-5 and finished in a three-way tie for third place in the Southwestern 4A conference, as a success overall. But he said they
also should use it as a cautionary tale.
The Ravens lost three of their last four games, including a one-point loss to Independence and a blowout defeat to Myers Park, which cost them a better seed in the playoffs.
“If we get one of those wins and get a better seed, then who knows?” Fowler said. “But we went to Page thinking we could win, and we had our chances.”
The Ravens committed five turnovers, including two in the red zone.
“I’m proud of the year,” Fowler said. “In my five-year plan, this is probably about where I thought we would be, so we still have work to do.”
Fowler said the Ravens would take about a month off before starting back with weight training and conditioning following Thanksgiving break.
“We have to build on this and keep moving and getting better as a program,” Fowler said. “I’m happy for the school, happy for our program and pretty pleased with the year.
“But we still have work to do to get to where we want to be.”