Cervenka Gets it Done by Ground or Air

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes. Today, we feature Rosenberg Terry quarterback Ray Cervenka. This TPI feature is free so enjoy.

For many years now, and that trend still continues, the Rosenberg Terry football team has made a name for themselves in that tough defense is somewhat a trademark. 

This was more than evident last weekend in the Rangers' 13-10 double overtime win over Lamar Consolidated Friday night at Traylor Stadium. The Terry defense held Lamar to 199 yards of total offense and gave up a single touchdown early in the first quarter.

So while that side of the ball was making it happen, the Ranger offense had to do something to compliment the defensive efforts. And that is where quarterback Ray Cervenka comes in.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Cervenka was responsible for more than two-thirds of the Rangers' total offensives production. 

"I think I played pretty good. I have been running the ball a lot and the offensive line played a great game," Cervenka said. "We could not really pass the ball at first, but when Donald Sanford got in the game, we made a few plays and that opened up the offense."

In fact, the Rangers' two scores came by way of pass. Cervenka ended the night with 91 yards and two touchdown passes. On the ground, he had 132 yards.

"I've been running like that all season. Matt Reid, our starting running back got ankle injury from earlier this season, so I have been taking a lot of carries," Cervenka said.

Through eight games this season, Cervenka has generated over 1,500 yards of offense and scored 13 touchdowns on the year. With this win, the Rangers are tied (with Richmond Foster) for second place in the District 23-4A rankings. 

Both teams trail the undefeated (in district) El Campo team.

But this win is much more than seeding for playoff positions. For some of the guys, it's a milestone in their high school careers. 

"I have been playing for three years and this is the first time we have beat them. This is also big for us and I feel like this could make or break our season," Cervenka said. "Not sure where we are right now, but we have Foster next week. We are going to come out fired up and ready so we can come out on top in this district. That will lead us into the playoffs. 

"We are going to go far."

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