|Written by Carl Space|
|Monday, 08 November 2010 11:22|
Ravenna Ravens High School Football Stats 10-11
Written by Carl Space
Wednesday, 25 August 2010 08:43
Ravenna Ravens High School Football Stats 09-10
# Athlete Name Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/G TD Passes Int Lng Pct
Team Totals 68 121 .562 824 74.9 5 10 65 57
4 D.J. Jones 0 1 .000 0 .0 0 0 0 40
7 Zach Thomas 54 93 .581 665 60.5 5 8 65 62
15 Brandon Holt 1 1 1.000 21 2.1 0 0 21 138
16 Josh Chechak 12 24 .500 115 10.5 0 2 16 29
22 Parnell Taylor 1 2 .500 23 2.1 0 0 23 92
# Athlete Name # Yds Avg Y/G Lng Run
Team Totals 455 3111 6.84 282.8 94 39
1 Corey Myers 0
2 Deiondre Mack 28 229 8.18 20.8 35
4 D.j. Jones 47 221 4.70 22.1 18 4
6 Tyler Davis 2 3 1.50 1.5 3
7 Zach Thomas 111 696 6.27 63.3 64 10
8 Jerome Christian 1 2 2.00 .5 0
13 Matt Thomas 1 4 4.00 2.0 0
15 Brandon Holt 9 48 5.33 4.8 9 2
16 Josh Chechak 5 -4 -.80 -.4 5
19 Chris Sanders 2 4 2.00 1.3 4
21 Stephen Wilmington 51 410 8.04 37.3 63 7
22 Parnell Taylor 178 1466 8.24 133.3 94 16
24 Xavier Jones 11 13 1.18 1.2 7
32 Orlando Gaddy 4 8 2.00 1.3 4
47 Dylan Tirpak 4 9 2.25 .8 3
72 Dan McCoy 1 2 2.00 .2 0
# Athlete Name # Yds Avg Y/G Lng Rec
Team Totals 68 824 12.12 74.9 65 5
1 Corey Myers 16 149 9.31 24.8 23 1
2 Deiondre Mack 8 80 10.00 7.3 27
4 D.j. Jones 12 136 11.33 13.6 36 2
6 Tyler Davis 1 21 21.00 10.5 21
7 Zach Thomas 0
15 Brandon Holt 0
16 Josh Chechak 5 60 12.00 5.5 18
18 Sean Lumpkin 1 13 13.00 13.0 13
21 Stephen Wilmington 9 173 19.22 15.7 65 1
22 Parnell Taylor 14 179 12.79 16.3 51 1
24 Xavier Jones 2 13 6.50 1.2 8
# Athlete Name FB FBL
Team Totals 16 11
4 D.j. Jones 2 2
7 Zach Thomas 3 1
15 Brandon Holt 2 2
21 Stephen Wilmington 2 1
22 Parnell Taylor 5 3
24 Xavier Jones 2 2
# Athlete Name Tck Ast Tot Tckl/G
Team Totals 144 526 670 60.9
2 Deiondre Mack 15 45 60 5.5
3 Johnathan Hartong 1 1 2 .2
4 D.j. Jones 14 40 54 5.4
7 Zach Thomas 20 17 37 3.4
8 Jerome Christian 0 6 6 1.5
9 Damion Baxstrum 3 7 10 1.7
13 Matt Thomas 1 2 3 1.5
15 Brandon Holt 4 12 16 1.6
16 Josh Chechak 7 30 37 3.4
18 Sean Lumpkin 1 0 1 1.0
19 Chris Sanders 1 0 1 .3
21 Stephen Wilmington 6 24 30 2.7
22 Parnell Taylor 13 16 29 2.6
24 Xavier Jones 10 40 50 4.5
25 Colton Collage 15 42 57 5.2
32 Orlando Gaddy 1 12 13 2.2
47 Dylan Tirpak 9 71 80 7.3
50 Matt Benson 5 34 39 3.9
52 Nick Winn 4 49 53 5.3
53 Greydon Pavlik 0 6 6 1.5
58 Ryan Harris 0 1 1 1.0
62 Nick Medina 0 2 2 1.0
66 Zach Coleman 0 1 1 1.0
68 Dan Coleman 0 1 1 1.0
70 Matt Smith 0 1 1 1.0
72 Dan McCoy 8 47 55 5.0
81 Chris Broecker 1 5 6 2.0
82 Mark Rodriguez 5 8 13 1.9
92 Jake Harris 0 6 6 1.5
# Athlete Name Sak Yds Sck/G
Team Totals 10.0 282 .9
2 Deiondre Mack 1.0 30 .1
24 Xavier Jones 3.0 60 .3
32 Orlando Gaddy 3.0 108 .5
47 Dylan Tirpak 1.0 6 .1
50 Matt Benson 1.0 42 .1
72 Dan McCoy 1.0 36 .1
# Athlete Name Int Yds PD Int/G Rcv Yds Caus Punt Kicks
Team Totals 9 169 25 .8 10 22 6
2 Deiondre Mack 2 3 12
7 Zach Thomas 6 1
8 Jerome Christian 1
9 Damion Baxstrum 2
13 Matt Thomas 1
16 Josh Chechak 1 2 0 1
21 Stephen Wilmington 3
22 Parnell Taylor 3 152 3 .3 2
24 Xavier Jones 1 0 1
25 Colton Collage 5 10 6 .5 1 0
52 Nick Winn 1 10
66 Zach Coleman 1 0
72 Dan McCoy 1 7 1 .1
81 Chris Broecker 1 0
# Athlete Name # Yds PAVG Lng In 20
Team Totals 23 821 35.70 54 0
7 Zach Thomas 17 645 37.94 54 0
15 Brandon Holt 1 35 35.00 35 0
17 Trevor Stankavich 5 141 28.20 39 0
# Athlete Name # Fair Cat Yds Avg Lng
Team Totals 11 7 180 16.36 86
7 Zach Thomas 4 2 111 27.75 86
9 Damion Baxstrum 1 0 9 9.00 0
15 Brandon Holt 6 5 60 10.00 27
# Athlete Name # Yds Lng Tch Back
Team Totals 58 2505 60 7
3 Johnathan Hartong 51 2231 60 6
11 Katelin Fields 1 45 45 0
17 Trevor Stankavich 3 157 60 1
32 Orlando Gaddy 3 72 45 0
# Athlete Name # Yds Avg Lng
Team Totals 24 437 18.21 90
2 Deiondre Mack 1 -4 -4.00 0
4 D.j. Jones 7 84 12.00 23
15 Brandon Holt 3 14 4.67 10
21 Stephen Wilmington 5 77 15.40 24
22 Parnell Taylor 7 251 35.86 90
24 Xavier Jones 1 15 15.00 15
# Athlete Name Pts P/G Pts Tot Pts Made #
Team Totals 329 29.9 30 47 44 2
1 Corey Myers 12 2.0 1 6
3 Johnathan Hartong 7 .7 7 7
4 D.j. Jones 36 3.6 6
7 Zach Thomas 68 6.2 11 2
11 Katelin Fields 25 2.8 22 22 2
15 Brandon Holt 12 1.2 2
16 Josh Chechak 2 .2 2
17 Trevor Stankavich 1 .2 1 1
21 Stephen Wilmington 50 4.5 8 2
22 Parnell Taylor 116 10.5 19 2
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 August 2010 08:51
|Written by Coach Harris|
|Wednesday, 25 August 2010 07:15|
|Last Updated on Monday, 01 November 2010 17:03|
|Written by Coach Harris|
|Thursday, 03 February 2011 18:48|
|Ravenna standout running back Stephen Wilmington (seated center) signs a national letter of intent to continue his football and academic career at Lehigh University, a Division I-AA School, in the Patriot League. Looking on from left to right are Ravenna head football coach Jim Lunardi, Stephen’s mother Kendra Wilmington and his dad Craig Wilmington. Stephen was named the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.|
|Written by Bob Goldring, Associate Commissioner OHSSA|
|Thursday, 13 January 2011 00:00|
|COLUMBUS, Ohio – Acting on a recommendation from the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Competitive Balance Committee, the OHSAA Board of Directors today unanimously placed a new bylaw up for vote of the OHSAA membership that would be the first step toward possible changes on how schools are assigned to tournament divisions. The proposed new bylaw, which will be voted upon by OHSAA member schools during the annual referendum voting process in May, states that “each school shall be placed into tournament divisions based on its sport-by-sport athletic count.” Schools would not be separated into tournaments for public schools and non-public schools, nor would a “multiplier” be applied to non-public schools to increase their enrollment, which a few other states utilize. Rather, the enrollment numbers for all schools (both public and non-public) would be entered into a three-part formula to establish their “athletic count.”
The proposed bylaw goes on to say that the formula for determining “athletic counts” and to which sports the athletic counts shall be applied will be determined every other year by the Board of Directors and will be listed in the OHSAA’s General Sports Regulations. If approved, implementation of the new formula would begin no later than the 2013-14 school year. In addition, a standing committee would be formed to monitor the effectiveness of the athletic count formula and to recommend to the Board of Directors any changes in the weight to be given to any one or more of the factors in the formula. At the present time, all schools are placed into tournament divisions based strictly on enrollment figures that the schools submit to the Ohio Department of Education. The proposed three-part formula to establish athletic counts would require the OHSAA to also include a school boundary factor (how students are obtained – non-public schools with no boundaries; non-public schools with limited boundaries; public schools with statewide open enrollment; public schools with adjacent open enrollment, and public schools with no open enrollment), a socioeconomic factor (the number of free lunch participants) and a tradition factor (state championship game appearances, state tournament appearances and regional finals appearances). The school boundary and tradition factors could increase a school’s enrollment while the socioeconomic factor could decrease a school’s enrollment. The tradition factor is the only one of the
“The issue of competitive balance has been discussed for years not only in Ohio but also in other states,” said OHSAA Commissioner Daniel B. Ross, Ph. D. “Ohio is unique in that our public schools have the option to approve open enrollment policies, but, at the same time, there’s no question that most nonpublic schools in the state have no geographical boundaries in which they can secure students and the result has been a disproportionate number of championships won by those schools.
“The meetings we have conducted with the Competitive Balance Committee have been both productive and professional, and I believe the proposal from the group is fair and equitable and we will see some leveling of the playing field. “Competitive balance is a complex issue,” Ross continued. “The formula recommended by the committee is not as complex as it sounds, nor is it as complex as any of the viable alternatives and the
Consideration will be given to add other sports in the future. The OHSAA Competitive Balance Committee was formed in January 2010 in response to concerns raised by a group of school administrators in northeast Ohio who conducted a study that showed that 43 percent (146 of 340) of the state championships in selected team sports between 1999 and 2010 have been won by non-public schools, even though non-public schools make up only 17 percent of the total membership of the OHSAA. The OHSAA Competitive Balance Committee met numerous times throughout 2010 in an attempt to identify competitive balance factors and to propose changes that would bring the competitive inequities into balance. The Committee was comprised of 29 school administrators and coaches from across the state from public and non-public schools both large and small along with members of the OHSAA Board of Directors and administrative staff and representatives from both the state superintendents and state principals associations.
In the near future, the OHSAA will place on its website examples of how the athletic count formula could look when applied.
Original article can be found at: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/media/2011-01-13CompetitiveBalanceRelease.pdf
|Written by STAFF REPORT|
|Monday, 06 December 2010 00:00|
BEND, Oregon — Drew Bledsoe, chairman of the High School Football Rudy Awards selection committee, has announced the top 50 national semifinalists for the award that is fast becoming known among coaches and communities as a way to honor those players who may not have the stats, but who bring the most heart to the game.More than 12,000 high school football coaches were contacted and invited to nominate the ‘Rudy’ on their team. The winner will receive a $10,000 academic scholarship to a college of their choice. Two runners-up will each receive $5,000, in addition to a fan favorite determined by online voting. A complete rundown of the 50 semifinalists is available at www.HighSchoolRudyAwards.com.
Stephen Wilmington of Ravenna, Ohio was nominated by Ravens’ assistant coach Charles Harris. “Stephen is an all-round man of character and class,” Harris said. “It does not matter if he is on the football field, weight room, in the classroom, or in the community, he inspires fellow classmates and teammates to do their best and to give their best by leading through example.” Stephen is one of 50 national semifinalists for the Rudy Award sponsored by Trusted Sports.
Wilmington is a highly motivated individual with incredible initiative and a strong dedication to achieve his goals both academically and athletically.
Tray Waite of Warren, Ohio was nominated by his guardian, Sonja Thompson. “Tray’s mother was killed in a car accident when he was four years old,” Thompson said. “His father made some bad decisions resulting in his being incarcerated. Tray’s grandmother took him in when he was eight. When he was 10 she was diagnosed with colon cancer and died in 2004.
“Needless to say Tray has overcome a lot. Despite these challenges at a young age, he is hungry for success, determined not to be a statistic and is passionate about life.” Waite also carries a 3.8 GPA and is ranked 26th out of a class of over 350 students at Warren G. Harding High School.
Founded by Trusted Sports and Daniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger in 2009, this national award is named for college football’s most famous underdog. Known for being “5 foot nothing, 100 and nothin’ with barely a speck of athletic ability,”Ruettiger’s dream of playing football at the University of Notre Dame inspired millions. Likewise, the 50 semifinalists are being honored for their courage and character, and inspirational impact on their teammates and schools.
“Playing in the NFL was an honor, and incredibly rewarding,” said former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe. “It’s also an honor to place the spotlight on these young athletes who are facing inconceivable challenges, yet who soldier on despite the hand they’ve been dealt. Words can’t begin to describe how much respect I have for them all.
“I read the stories of our top 50 High School Football Rudy Award nominees and then I look back at some of the toughest games I played. Even when I was injured, I didn’t have to deal with anything like what these kids have to handle on a daily basis.
The 2010 Selection Committee includes notable sporting personalities such as Leigh Anne Tuohy, mother of Baltimore Ravens player Michael Oher and inspirational figure of the film The Blind Side; Shaun Alexander, former Seattle Seahawks running back and NFL MVP; and NBC Football Sideline Reporter, Andrea Kremer. America can be inspired by the player they feel is a ‘Rudy’ online at www.highschoolrudyawards.com. Online voting continues through December 28, 2010. Since the site’s launch in 2009, nominees have received over 3 million votes.
Original article can be found at: http://www.sportsink.com/NewsDetail/tabid/259/tblNewsID/2570/Default.aspx
The Ravens brought home the PTC Metro Leagues first ever back to back Championship! The team has earned another mark in the record books and has every right to be proud of their accomplishments this year.
Additional Records broken this year include dual backs with more than 1,000 yards rushing; done by DJ Jones and Stephen Wilmington. Trevor Stankavich has earned his spot in the schools record books for most Touch Backs in a given season with 30 Kicks placed in the End Zone with his longest kick a 75 yarder after a 15 yard penalty.
Since the Ravens have joined the PTC Metro League in 2005, the team has won three Titles as League Champions.
|Written by Tom Nader|
|Tuesday, 05 October 2010 00:00|
|The football rivalry between the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders and Ravenna Ravens has 88 years behind it, making it one of the oldest in Ohio.
Decades of excellent players, legendary coaches and memorable plays stand at the forefront.
Naturally, some games have led to more nailbiting than others, with few living up to last year’s chapter when the Ravens won 29-28 in overtime.
The victory came via a gutsy decision to go for two — and the win — instead of kicking the tying extra point that would have prolonged the game.
In securing the win, Ravenna owned the rights to the Millennium Cup — a trophy created by local businessman Chas Madonio in 1999.
The original plan for the Millennium Cup was for it to last 10 years and for the team with the best record to permanently hold the trophy. However, after an even 5-5 record, the trophy was extended to an 11th year and made the 2009 game a playoff for the trophy.
With Ravenna’s narrowest of wins, the balance was tipped in its favor and retired the trophy into the school’s trophy case.
With a hole in the void, Madonio didn’t want the trophy division of the rivalry to fall off, so he immediately began thinking of ideas for a new trophy.
What he visualized was something more than a piece of hardware.
He was looking for a piece of art and a trophy that had no timetable attached to it. A trophy that could be traded between Ravenna and Kent Roosevelt forever.
The result was the creation of “The BIG R.”
The trophy, designed and created by Sean Mercer of Kent State University’s School of Glass, can hold multiple meanings and is a one of a kind.
Made completely of glass and formed into the shape of a football, a large letter “R” is etched on the side.
On one side is an etching of Ravenna’s logo and on the other side an etching of the Kent Roosevelt logo.
“When Sean sent me a rough computer rendering of the trophy, I knew we were on the right track,” Madonio said, referencing the early design stages of the trophy.
For a rivalry game that oftentimes holds multiple storylines, the trophy now will hold the same list of possibilities.
The “R” can stand for many things, including Ravenna, Roosevelt, Ravens, Rough Riders or rivalry.
The “BIG” comes from two different areas. The obvious one is that the rivalry is big for the players, coaches, students, parents and communities. However, a deeper look at the trophy’s co-sponsors of Brimfield Insurance and Columbus-based Grange Insurance leads to “BIG” by looking at the first initial of each company.
“It is my wish that the trophy will become a rallying point for each school for many, many years to come,” Madonio said. “The Ravenna-Kent Roosevelt rivalry is one of the oldest and greatest rivalries in football at any level.”
Now, this year’s editions of the Ravens and Rough Riders will hit the gridiron for an opportunity to claim the trophy for the first time.
A chance to hoist “The BIG R” into the air after winning the big rivalry.
Original article can be found at: http://www.recordpub.com/news/sports_article/4906247
|Written by JOHN URCHEK|
|Friday, 27 August 2010 00:00|
As the 2010 fall sports season nears the end of its first week, it’s time to take a look at the teams that have historically been at the top of the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division, and those looking to defend conference championships this season.
We’ll start with football, where the Metro football title has been traded between the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders and Ravenna Ravens, making beating them the key to any new team looking to rise to the top of the division. And opposing coaches know that.
“(To win the division, someone) has to beat Kent and Ravenna in the same year. That’s a given,” Field coach Patrick Youel said.
Youel’s Falcons have come up just short against the Rough Riders or Ravens in each of the last three seasons. However, all of the coaches at the top of the division are aware that each of the teams in the Metro are improving and could be dangerous this season.
“(After beating Kent and Ravenna,) then you have to beat everyone else, which isn’t going to be easy with Springfield being what they will be this year and the expected improvement of Southeast,” Youel said.
Southeast will be directed by alumnus Steve Sigworth, who is in his first season.
When asked about the division, Jim Lunardi, coach of the defending champion Ravens, also mentioned that he expects improvement from Crestwood, Coventry and Norton.
“Any time there’s a change and a new coach comes in, I think that excites and energizes a program,” he said.
Jerami Hodgkinson will be guiding the Comets for the first year after Neal Kopp became the athletic director, and Glenn Kruger will captain the ship for the Panthers. Both Hodgkinson and Kruger were assistants for their respective teams last season. The Red Devils will be guided by Chris Kosiorek, who enters the PTC from Mechanicsburg High School.
With all the changes and expected improvements from programs across the board, 2010 is setting up to be an interesting season for PTC Metro football.
Falcons and Devils race to the finish
In cross country, Field coach Ed Conroy and the Crestwood husband and wife coaching combination of Thomas and Rosalie Franek have built the division’s premiere programs in boys and girls, respectively. Conroy’s Falcons are the defending boys champions. Senior running star Billy Darmon and a strong cast of returning runners has Field seeking back-to-back championships.
“We have five of our top seven returning from last year’s squad,” Conroy said. “I think the PTC Metro is going to be a fantastic race between all the schools. We are looking forward to it.”
In addition to Darmon, the Falcons have fellow senior Tyler Bragg and juniors Jake Balca, Christian Bochkor, Brian Long and Mike Robinson ready to take the program to the next level.
“We missed qualifying for the state meet the last two years by one place,” Conroy said, “so we are determined to return this season to Columbus and have a strong performance.”
Field last made it to the state meet in 2007, finishing in 11h place.
Crestwood will likely be a top contender to Field.
Speaking of Crestwood, the Red Devils have had a stranglehold on the top spot of the PTC Metro in ther girls competition. The Devils have won all five of the Metro championships in cross country and should be difficult to unseat again this season.
“Crestwood had a fantastic group of runners last season that will be returning this season,” Conroy said.
Senior Sammi Vaughan will be the leading Crestwood runner after having made the state meet as an individual qualifier in 2009.
Conroy believes that his squad, led by seniors Alexus Lowden and Kayla Titko, will benefit from a trip to the regionals last season in its attempt to get past Crestwood.
“This group of girls are runners with tremendous confidence knowing they have more experience than last season,” Conroy said. “This confidence should pay off at the end of the season during the PTC, District and Regional (meets).”
Pirates, three times the success
When it comes to volleyball, Southeast or Field has won at least a share of every PTC Metro title since the league began in 2005. They are also the three teams that captured a volleyball sectional title in 2009. Coventry was the third.
The Pirates’ Brittany Woodard, a third-team All-Ohio setter as a junior, was a big reason why Southeast claimed the league title in 2009, and a big reason why her team could repeat in her senior season.
One team that could threaten to end the streak by Southeast and Field is Kent Roosevelt, which returns a plethora of talent led by Emily Rutzky and Emily Carver. Coach Kasey Adelman’s team, which lost only three games last season as a younger squad group and then earned a first-round bye in the tournament, fell victim to the area volleyball Cinderella story, Stow, in the sectional championship match.
Rough Riders leader
The Kent Roosevelt boys soccer team has found itself quite a leader in coach Josh Huettich. He has won the Metro Coach of the Year award and guided the championship team in all three seasons he has been there.
Kent (0-0-2) has won almost two-thirds of the games that Huettich has coached, but has started this season with non-league ties to Green and Western Reserve Academy. The team has seen three different players score its three goals on the year.
Coventry (1-1-0), with senior Dragan Mijacovic and junior Eric Ashley, will be at the top of the list of teams looking to give the Rough Riders a run for their money in the Metro Division.
Mijocavic and Ashley both scored twice in the Comets’ season-opening 4-1 win over the Massillon Tigers.
Girl kickers off to fast start
If the first week is any indication, then girls soccer could be the most competitive sport in the Metro Division this fall. Five of the seven teams have at least a .500 record through the first four days of the season. Field (2-0) and Ravenna (2-1) lead the way with the most productive weeks.
The Ravens scored six goals in their two wins before being blanked by Waterloo. The Falcons have won two straight one-goal games and have allowed only one goal through the first two matches. The fact Ravenna is at the top is nothing new as the Ravens are seeking their fourth division championship.
Coventry could be the most high-powered offensive attack in the division, scoring five goals in its first game against Warren Harding. Paige Carlin’s hat trick got the Comets off to a fast start.
Original article can be found at: http://www.sportsink.com/259/1948/metro-a-look-at-falls-defending-champs-top-contenders/Default.aspx
|Written by JOHN URCHEK|
|Tuesday, 17 August 2010 00:00|
EDITOR’S NOTE: No. 17 of 31. The following is the 17th of the one-a-day series of local football team previews that SportsInk.com will feature throughout August. This report focuses on the Ravenna Ravens.
RAVENNA, Ohio – Last season, the Ravenna Ravens (8-3, 7-0) won their second Portage Trail Conference Metro Division title in the last three years and also made the Division II playoffs, falling 34-16 to Mentor Lake Catholic in the first round.
In 2010, a deep and experienced senior class will look to help Ravenna become the first team in the PTC’s six-year history to win back to back Metro football crowns, and maybe even get back to the postseason as well.
“The goal for the team is to win the PTC again,” senior running back and strong safety Deiondre Mack said. “(We just need to) keep our swagger we had last year. We have four seniors that left last year, so basically everybody is back.”
Mack gained over 300 all-purpose yards last season while playing behind All-Ohio senior running back Parnell Taylor. Ravena coach Jim Lunardi says that Mack, an All-District Special Mention choice, and a senior class that approaches 20 players deep is a strength of the team.
“This senior class has been together quite a long time,” Lunardi said. “It’s hard to pinpoint one individual over another. I’d like to say it’s a collaborative group.”
Though the Ravens have a lot of returning players back from last season, they lost some significant playmakers as well in Taylor (Youngstown State), all-district quarterback Zach Thomas (Walsh) and all-district lineman Dan McCoy (Baldwin-Wallace ) are all playing on Saturdays this fall.
“Those are three prime spots that we need to fill,” Lunardi said. “The kids are stepping up. When you build a program, that’s what you want.”
Competing for the job of playing quarterback this year are senior Josh Chechak and juniors Matt Thomas and Brandon Holt. Chechak is Ravenna’s only returning player to complete more than one pass last season. Lunardi points to success at all three levels of the Ravens program last season for optimism this year.
“We won the league last year and went to the playoffs, so the kids have that sort of tradition going right now,” Lunardi said.
That pedigree for success that Ravenna has built has the players believing that this year could be just as successful.
“It’s going to be tough, but I believe that we are going to be able to keep up our tradition and compete for a PTC title,” said senior running back/wide receiver Stephen Wilmington, who gained nearly 600 yards on 60 touches last season.
Another key to the Ravens’ success this year will likely be the defense, which dominated PTC Metro competition last season. Ravenna shut out five of its seven divisional opponents and won by an average score of 37-7 last year.
“We try to fit the defense to the particular kids that we have,” Lunardi said. “We don’t try to make it too complex.”
Mack and senior defensive end Xavier Jones are both eyeing big defensive seasons, as both mention goals of making the All-Ohio squad.
“I’d like to win (conference) defensive player of the year,” Mack said.
Jones added, “I’d like to have more tackles and more sacks than anything else.”
Continuity and the ability to play together is Lunardi’s No. 1 one goal for the team this year and what he believes will lead to accomplishing all the other goals.
“I think they need to play together,” Lunardi said. “It’s very important to not have individuals that want to do their own thing. The kids need to want to play together and work together in order to achieve team success.”
Wilmington and his senior teammates believe they have the ability to convey Lunardi’s message to the younger players.
“I believe that all of us seniors have the potential to have the younger kids look up to us,” Wilmington said.
Jones added that he views leadership as the ability to step up when things aren’t going as planned.
“You have to be able to be there when your team is down and be able to fill in when things aren’t going well,” he said.
It’s clear the Ravenna Ravens are prepared to defend their title and make it very difficult for any of the other Metro teams trying to become the conference champion.
NEXT: Cloverleaf Colts.
2010 Ravenna Ravens schedule
(All games begin at 7 p.m.)
Aug. 27 – vs. Tallmadge
Sept. 3 – at Streetsboro
Sept. 10 – at Louisville
Sept. 17 – at Norton
Sept. 24 – vs. Southeast
Oct. 1 – vs. Crestwood
Oct. 8 – at Kent Roosevelt
Oct. 15 – vs. Coventry
Oct. 22 – at Field
Oct. 29 – at Springfield
2009 Ravenna Ravens results (8-3, 7-0 PTC Metro)
Aug. 28 – Louisville 28, Ravenna 0
Sept. 4 – Ravenna 35, Streetsboro 22
Sept. 11 – Canton South 28, Ravenna 19
Sept. 18 – Ravenna 41, Norton 0
Sept. 25 – Ravenna 33, Southeast 0
Oct. 2 – Ravenna 40, Crestwood 0
Oct. 9 – Ravenna 29, Kent Roosevelt 28 (OT)
Oct. 16 – Ravenna 30, Coventry 18
Oct. 23 – Ravenna 39, Field 0
Oct. 30 – Ravenna 47, Springfield 0
Nov. 6 – Lake Catholic 34, Ravenna 16 (state playoffs)