Coach Will Hester sees a lot of similarities between Ravenwood’s football team this year and last year.
That’s a good thing for the Raptors, considering they’re coming off a 10-2 season that ended in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.
“All of our skill kids on offense are back except for our quarterback – we graduated Avery Jankowski,” Hester said. “But all the auxiliary pieces, whether it be a running back in Seth Rowland, receiver with Van Jefferson and Austin Percy, are back.”
Senior Cole Brown won the preseason battle over junior Andrew Rappe to be the starting quarterback. Rappe may be used in short-yardage and goal-line situations.
“Andrew is kind of a Tim Tebow style of player, real physical,” Hester said. “Cole has been in our system the whole time that we’ve been here. He battled with Avery for the job last year. He’s one of Van’s best friends so they’ve got that little bit of chemistry there, too, so I look forward to great things from Cole.”
Jefferson made 87 receptions for 1,251 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. The senior is considering scholarship offers from Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Florida and Michigan State.
Percy (6-4, 205) caught 40 passes for 646 yards and four TDs in 2013.
Ravenwood returns six key players on defense, including free safety Nick Barton. He has an offer from Davidson.
The Raptors open at Stewarts Creek on Friday.