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Carleton Ravens
First season 1945
Athletic director Jennifer Brenning
Head coach Steve Sumarah
6th year, 23–25–0  (.479)
Other Staff Jean-Philippe Asselin (OC)
Ryan Bechmanis (DC)
Home Stadium MNP Park
Stadium capacity 3044
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Ottawa, Ontario
League U Sports
Conference OUA (2013 – present)
Past associations OIFC (1957–1966)
CCIFC (1967–1970)
OUAA (1971–1973)
OQIFC (1974–1998)
All-time record – 
Postseason record – 
Tournaments
Vanier Cups 0
Yates Cups 0
Dunsmore Cups 1, 1985
Hec Crighton winners 0
Current uniform
CIS Carleton Jersey.png
Colours Black and Red
         
Mascot Rodney the Raven
Rivals Ottawa Gee-Gees
Website goravens.ca

The Carleton Ravens football team represents Carleton University, which is based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The team plays Canadian Interuniversity Sport football in the Ontario University Athletics conference. The Ravens football program started in 1945 and was continuously in operation until 1998 when the program was disbanded. The football program was brought back to the university in 2011 and began play in 2013.[1] The football team has won one conference championship, winning the Dunsmore Cup in 1985 while playing in the Ontario-Quebec Intercollegiate Football Conference.

History

Historically, the Ravens football team first began play just after the Second World War in 1945 and was in continuous operation until the program was dropped in 1998.[2] While the team had some success in the mid-1980s, poor performances and a plan by the Carleton Athletic department to invest more funds in other sports led to the sport being cut after the 1998 season.[3][4] In their history, the Ravens won one Dunsmore Cup conference championship in 1985, but lost in the following Western Bowl to the Calgary Dinos 56 to 14.[5]

Historical regular season results

Season Games Won Lost Tied Pct % PF PA Standing Playoffs
1988 7 0 7 0 0.000 53 244 6th in OQIFC Did not qualify
1989 7 0 7 0 0.000 42 289 6th in OQIFC Did not qualify
1990 7 1 6 0 0.143 83 225 6th in OQIFC Did not qualify
1991 7 1 6 0 0.143 99 225 6th in OQIFC Did not qualify
1992 7 0 7 0 0.000 44 237 6th in OQIFC Did not qualify
1993 7 2 5 0 0.286 94 166 5th in OQIFC Did not qualify
1994 7 2 5 0 0.286 97 224 5th in OQIFC Did not qualify
1995 8 1 6 1 0.188 136 221 6th in OQIFC Did not qualify
1996 8 5 3 0 0.625 137 149 4th in OQIFC Lost to Ottawa Gee-Gees in semi-final 28-0
1997 8 1 7 0 0.125 106 174 7th in OQIFC Did not qualify
1998 8 1 7 0 0.125 102 187 7th in OQIFC Did not qualify

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Revival

For a number of years, there had been movements to revive the team, but there was no real interest from the university. However, on June 25, 2009, an announcement was made that the Lansdowne Live group, which owns the Ottawa Redblacks, the new Canadian Football League team, was in negotiations with the university to bring back the football program and play at a rebuilt Frank Clair Stadium to be shared with the CFL team and the Ottawa Gee-Gees. Lansdowne Live partner and Ravens alumnus John Ruddy has pledged $2.5 million to provide funding for the program and it would follow the private partnership model that has proved successful both financially and on the field with the Regina Rams and Laval Rouge et Or teams.[7] The program needed to raise a minimum of $5 million in pledge commitments in order to secure final approvals, and establish Old Crows Football Inc. by May 2011 for the team to start play in time for the 2012 season.[8]

While the group closely missed the May deadline, Old Crows Football Inc. and Carleton University announced on July 6, 2011 that the program would return in 2013. The $5 million was raised and the team operates independently by Old Crows Football Inc. as a non-profit corporate entity that will fund and market the program. Renovations to the locker rooms, coaches' offices and Keith Harris Stadium will be paid for by the Old Crows.[1][9] On January 16, 2012, Steve Sumarah was named the team's head coach.[10]

The 2013 team began the new era of Ravens football on September 2 against the Western Mustangs in London, Ontario with a 71-4 loss. They would finish the season with eight losses in eight games as was expected for a program in its first year. In 2014, the Ravens earned the revived program's first win with an away victory against the Waterloo Warriors. Overall, the team finished with a 4-4 record that year, including a memorable Hail Mary Panda Game victory over the Ottawa Gee-Gees.[11] In 2015, the Ravens qualified for the playoffs for the first time since the 1996 season with a 5-3 record. They defeated the Queen's Golden Gaels in the first round, but lost to the Guelph Gryphons in the semi-finals. In 2016, the team hosted their first playoff game since 1986, with both games featuring wins over the Ottawa Gee-Gees.[12] The team suffered a setback in 2017 as they finished with a 3-5 record and out of the playoffs. Three of their five losses were by five points or less.

Old Crows season-by-season record

Team records since the program was revived in 2013:

League Yr Team Yr Games Won Lost Pct % PF PA Standing Playoffs
2013 2013 8 0 8 0.000 95 390 11th in OUA Did not qualify
2014 2014 8 4 4 0.500 199 266 7th in OUA Did not qualify
2015 2015 8 5 3 0.625 288 244 5th in OUA Defeated Queen's Gaels in quarter-final 39-8
Lost to Guelph Gryphons in semi-final 33-21
2016 2016 8 6 2 0.750 318 150 4th in OUA Defeated Ottawa Gee-Gees in quarter-final 45-9
Lost to Western Mustangs in semi-final 51-24
2017 2017 8 3 5 0.375 222 232 8th in OUA Did not qualify
2018 2018 8 5 3 0.625 255 224 4th in OUA Defeated McMaster Marauders in quarter-final 30-25
Lost to Western Mustangs in semi-final 39-13

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Ravens in the CFL

As of the end of the 2018 CFL season, seven former Ravens players are on CFL teams' rosters:

Notable alumni

References

  1. ^ a b http://www.ottawacitizen.com/sports/Carleton+football+veteran+celebrates+team+revival/5060825/story.html Carleton football veteran celebrates team's revival
  2. ^ http://arc.library.carleton.ca/exhibits/ravens_football/1940s
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
  4. ^ http://www.magma.ca/~jhayman/ciau/22carleton.htm
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
  6. ^ http://www.sportetudiant-stats.com/universitaire/football/classements-1.php
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-07. Retrieved 2011-05-08.
  8. ^ https://carleton.ca/football/
  9. ^ https://www.cfl.ca/article/ravens-football-to-kick-off-at-carleton-in-2013 Ravens football to kick off at Carleton in 2013
  10. ^ http://goravens.carleton.ca/go-ravens-news/sumarah-named-new-ravens-football-head-coach/[permanent dead link] Sumarah named new Ravens football head coach
  11. ^ Last minute Hail Mary play gives Carleton 2014 Panda Game Victory
  12. ^ Ravens and Gee-Gees set to battle on 30th anniversary of last Carleton postseason victory
  13. ^ CIS Football Standings

External links

  • Carleton University athletics
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