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Taylor keeps Ravenna in playoff picture

By mikeb Published: October 30, 2009

Ravenna hosts Springfield tonight with a Portage Trail Conference Metro Division title and a possible state playoff appearance at stake.

The Ravens (7-2, 6-0) defeated Field 39-0 last week and currently are ninth in the Division II, Region 5 standings. The top eight teams in each region advance to the regional quarterfinals.

Ravenna assistant football coach Chuck Harris, who is in charge of the school’s athletic promotions, said there were several positives to come from the triumph over Field.

“We controlled the clock well, moved the ball effectively on the ground and reduced turnovers and penalties,” Harris said. “We also spread the ball around, getting the ball in the hands of five different running backs. Defensively, we moved to the ball well and were able to get another shutout.”

Ravenna senior running back Parnell Taylor rushed 21 times for 283 yards with his longest being 84 yards. He scored three touchdowns – one on a 90-yard kickoff return.

Ravens senior defensive linemen Dan McCoy had three solo tackles and assisted on six other tackles.

Harris knows Springfield (6-3, 4-2) will present quite a challenge tonight.

“Springfield has certainly turned things around and while their record doesn't reflect it, we feel that they are a better team than their 6-3 record,” Harris said. “We cannot allow this team to hang around. In order for us to win this week's game, we are going to have to score quickly and often while coming at them hard defensively.”

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