The Essex Ravens had won 28 straight games heading into the OPFL final Sunday in London but felt onlookers were second guessing how good they really were. "There was a lot of talk all season about London this London that."
The Jr. Mustangs hosted the championship game and had an identical 7-0 record going in.
Ravens' head coach Glen Mills says a blocked punt early in the game, that led to a touchdown, set the tone. "We got rolling and there was no looking back." The Ravens went on to beat their rivals 35-7.
"It was pretty important for our guys and they wanted to send a clear message. We are the best team no if and's or but's about it. They did that and they did that in convincing style."
Mills says the defence was upset they allowed the Jr. Mustangs to score. "That's why we are where we are just because it's personal to those guys when people score."
The Ravens have now won three straight OPFL titles dating back to 2019. Mills wonders what could be had the league been able to play in 2020. "2020 I think would have been our best Ravens team of all time and unfortunately due to Covid we didn't get to play."
Mills doesn't know how long this current streak will go but the Ravens graduate only seven players.