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Ravenna's running attack key to win over Norton

By mikeb Published: September 23, 2009

Ravenna evened its record at 2-2 with a dominating 41-0 victory over visiting Norton this past Friday.

The Ravens led 7-0 at halftime and then took charge of the game with 14 points in the third quarter and 20 points in the fourth quarter.

“What I liked seeing in the second half, was the fact that the ball was dispersed evenly,” Ravenna coach Jim Lunardi said. “We had three guys who rushed for over 100 yards.”

Senior Zach Thomas (nine carries, 115 yards), junior Stephen Wilmington (8 carries, 102 yards) and senior Parnell Taylor (four carries, 105 yards) led the rushing attack. Taylor rushed for two touchdowns and caught another touchdown pass.

Wilmington and sophomores D.J. Jones and Brandon Holt each rushed for one touchdown apiece.

Lunardi had nothing but positive things to say about his offensive line. The five starters are: senior left tackle Dan McCoy, junior left guard Micky Neija, junior center Greydon Pavlik, junior right guard Nick Winn and sophomore right tackle Matt Benson.

Lunardi also praised junior running back/linebacker Dee Mack for providing a “spark” and gaining 77 yards on four carries.

Additionally, Lunardi stressed the importance of turnovers and penalties. He said both areas hurt the Ravens in their losses.

“We seemed to be our worst enemy with turnovers,” Lunardi said. “If we eliminate turnovers and penalties we are a pretty good team.”

Jones, who was a key cog on a 10-0 freshman team last season with around 40 touchdowns, has really impressed the coaching staff with his speed at running back and linebacker.

Lunardi said Jones, Mack, McCoy, Benson, Winn, senior corner back Colton Collage, sophomore linebacker Dylan Tirpak and junior defensive end Josh Chechek

“We’re playing well as a whole team defensively,” Lunardi said. Collage “is playing good defense for us he has four interceptions.”

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