FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- The Greenmen's football opponent this weekend -- Ravenna -- is very youthful this season with only 13 lettermen returning from a season in which it posted a 7-5 record and went 1-1 in the Division III playoffs.
The Greenmen beat the Ravens 37-21 last year. Ravenna lost to Chagrin Falls in the second round of the playoffs.
In Ravenna's 2013 opener last week, the Ravens lost to Tallmadge 26-3.
"With youth comes inexperience, and we don't have a lot of numbers this year," said 12th-year Ravenna head coach Jim Lunardi. "Our outlook is very simple -- we expect to contend for another Metro title [in the Portage Trail Conference] and get back in the playoffs."
Ravenna has made the playoffs five of the last six years and won the PTC Metro Division title three times.
"The team is young and inexperienced, but they are enthusiastic about learning and they don't plan to drop off," said Lunardi.
The Ravens' biggest player is 309-pound center-defensive lineman Cody Hawkins, who is the team's only three-year starter, and Lunardi said "he moves real well."
Returning as the starting tailback is Demetrius Fear, who gained 752 yards last year and scored nine touchdowns. Quarterback is junior Warren Bradley, who was a running back last year, gained 718 yards and tallied 11 TDs.
Fullback is Austin Rosalez, with Trevor Pesicek, Donnie Heller and Willie Ross at the halfback and tight end spots.
Ben Morgan is Ravenna's kicker and punter. Last year, he hit 8 of 13 field goals, with his longest being 34 yards. He also nailed 29 of 32 extra points.
Morgan tallied Ravenna's only points in last week's loss when he nailed a 25-yard field goal.
"A lot of young kids got experience [in last week's game]," said Lunardi. "Sometimes that's good, sometimes that's not so good. We have Aurora and Louisville coming up on the schedule. We don't play any slouches."
Ravenna did suffer a major blow in the opener as senior defensive lineman Josh Perry left the game with a knee injury.
"It looks like he has an MCL and might be done for the year," Lunardi said. "He's a captain and it's a huge loss.
The coach was frustrated by his team's cramp issue, which caused many stoppages during the game.
"We stated hydrating on Wednesday," he said. "We tried to get them to eat salty foods so they could retain water. I think the weather had something to do with it."