Cole Hoth, left, of the Ravens, tackles Brett Loyd of the Chargers on Tuesday night during the Doak Walker Football league. Hoth later would pick up a quarterback sack and throw two touchdown passes.

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Cole Hoth, left, of the Ravens, tackles Brett Loyd of the Chargers on Tuesday night during the Doak Walker Football league. Hoth later would pick up a quarterback sack and throw two touchdown passes.

Ravens stop Chargers, 30-12, in Doak Walker Football

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Derick Hefton, of the Chargers, cheers for his teammates Tuesday night during their game against the Ravens during the second week of Doak Walker Football at Woodbury Sports Complex.

— As their team was walking off the field Tuesday at Woodbury Sports Complex, Ravens coaches Nate Hitz and Phil Hoth struggled to come to an accord.

After defeating the Chargers, 30-12, in the second week of Craig Parks and Recreation Doak Walker Football, they couldn't decide which was better - the offense or the defense.

With a penetrating defensive line and a backfield with a nose for interceptions, Hoth, normally the offensive coach, argued the defense came out a little stronger.

"The defense was great," he said. "Four picks and they recovered a fumble. The defense came out and made big hits, and made the tackles."

Hitz, who normally oversees the defense, pointed to the game's final score.

"The offense scored four touchdowns," he said. "They looked good."

The Ravens had a bye-week during the first day of the season.

Both coaches said they had different expectations for the black and purple's first game.

"Something like 60-0," Hitz said.

"We expected them to play clean, crisp football on both sides," Hoth said. "It was just great to see them get in there and be competitive for their first game."

One of the players who kept the Ravens in the game was Connor Scranton, 11.

The running back made several tricky catches in traffic to keep the chains moving.

"I thought I played pretty good," he said. "I had a couple of touchdown catches and tackles."

With only a few minutes remaining in the first half, Connor was again able to pluck a catch from the outstretched fingers of the Chargers' defensive backs.

"When I caught the second, I just thought I was doing really good," Connor said. "We had a phenomenal passing game."

The other end of the passing tandem was quarterback Cole Hoth, 12.

Cole, like his coaches, couldn't point to one facet of his game that was better than the other.

"I threw two touchdown passes, picked off a pass on an extra point and sacked the quarterback," he said. "I had a pretty good game."

When he picked off the pass, he found he wasn't alone while he was attempting to run it back.

"I looked behind me and saw a guy coming after me," he said. "I kept telling myself, 'Try to run faster.'"

But, even if he wasn't able to run it back, the Ravens were able to win against a tough Chargers defense.

Phil Hoth said he wasn't sure which team the Ravens would face in Week 3, but his team would continue fine tuning the offense and perfecting kick-offs.

"We take it week by week," Hoth said. "We'll play whoever is on the field."

After the first win, Hitz and Hoth agreed on one thing to keep the streak going and the hits coming.

"They work together, and that's why they were able to win," Hoth said.

"It's all the kids - when they play as a team, they will win," Hitz said. "We just stand on the sidelines and holler at them."

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