For the 10th time under head coach Larry Wilcox, members of the Raven Football team traveled abroad to compete in an exhibition football game while also taking in the sights and culture.
This time around, the group headed by Coach Wilcox of 41 players along with 42 family and friends traveled to Germany and Austria with the group of players taking on the Swarco Raiders in Innsbruck, Austria, at Tivoli Olympic Stadium in a game that was billed as the "Battle for Tirol."
"The group greatly enjoyed the beauty, history, food and people of both countries," Coach Wilcox said. "The majestic setting of the stadium among the Austrian Alps was an amazing venue for the team to play in.
"The community fully supported the game, and provided a great game day environment."
Benedictine earned a 31-29 win over Swarco with Sam Vitulli converting a 38-yard field goal with eight seconds left to play to cap off a comeback by the Ravens.
Logan Harris, who was named the game MVP, finished with 124 yards off seven receptions with a touchdown while Charles Nihart led the ground attack with 114 yards and three rushing touchdowns.
Defensively, the Ravens were anchored by Matt McCollough, DeMaria Walters, Kenny Hershberger, Jarad Shepard and Matt Murillo. Coach Wilcox also said that Konner Walker had a key interception at the goal line, that he returned out to the 45.
Football was secondary on the trip, as the primary purpose was to give the players, coaches and team guests an opportunity to experience the various stop on the trip throughout Germany and Austria.
"Traveling with the team was an experience I will never forget," Schuetz said. "We had an absolute blast traveling around Germany and Austria experiencing just a couple European cultures.
"The craziest part of the trip for me was how old everything is over there. In the US a building built in the 1700s is considered a relic. Over there buildings built in the 1200s and 1300s are sprinkled all over the place and many of those buildings have been restored to their original grandeur. It felt like we didn't only travel across the Atlantic, but through time as well."
While visiting Munich, the group visited museums, went on a bike tour of the city, visited BMW World – which is a huge combination of their museum and production of many models of their cars. The trip was capped off by a visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, which Coach Wilcox called a "sobering" experience for the group.
Once they arrived in Innsbruck, the experienced the sights of the Alps and the Swarovski Crystal Factory and Museum. The Swarovski group is the primary sponsor of the Swarco Raiders.
Following the game, the group visited the Bergisel Ski-Jump which has hosted several Winter Olympics, a trip up the Alps by cable car.
Before returning to Munich for the return trip back to the states, the group visited Oberammergau, Germany for lunch, and then toured the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.
Prior trips taken groups led by by Coach Wilcox include trips to both Frankfort and Hamburg, Germany and three trips each to Paris Lucerne, Switzerland and Stockhom, Sweden.