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With a trigger-happy quarterback at the helm, the Ravens made the playoffs last season. This year expect more of the same -a team that challenges opponents to stop it in the air.


What they're saying about the Ravens

Coach Mike Heldt "We have some guys who can catch the ball and have speed. We have the potential to be better this year, but that's all potential."

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Coach Mike Heldt "With our schedule, I really don't see a light at the end of the tunnel. The kids are up for it, and to be considered the best, you need to play the best. If we're standing tall at the end, people will be talking about us."

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Wharton coach David Mitchell "They're going to be a team to be reckoned with. They're well-coached. They have a lot of good athletes and I think they're going to be better this year than last year."

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QB C.J. Bennett "I'm looking forward to this schedule. We're playing the top of the top; you can't ask for much more. We're going to have to prove a lot and we're a team that always has something to prove."

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QB C.J. Bennett "When you play big teams, people press a lot, but if we just stick to our game plan I think we'll be okay. We have to stick with what works best, which is throw the ball around a lot."

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Friday Night Rewind The Ravens are reloaded for another year of pass-heavy football, focused on conquering their toughest schedule yet.

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A few Ravens we'll be following on Fridays

QB C.J. Bennett The Wyoming recruit threw for a county-high 3,017 yards and 29 touchdowns last season. He figures to lead the county again in both categories.

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WR Justen Davis The 6-foot-2 wideout will focus on being a receiver after concentrating on cornerback this past season.

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RB Cody Verrelli Alonso's top rusher (61 rushes, 748 yards, 10 TDs) is back to keep the passing game honest.

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WR Jesse Anaya The Ravens' top returning receiver is a great possession man. He had 61 catches for 748 yards and 10 touchdowns, all team highs.

Tweet and sour

Why the Ravens will make the playoffs


They beat Gaither and Chamberlain in district play. The rest should take care of itself.

Why the Ravens may not make the playoffs


A tough schedule - nine of 10 opponents went to the playoffs last year - gets the best of them early.

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Coach: Mike Heldt (seventh season, 35-39)

Last season: 7-4

Class: 5A, District 5

Colors: Navy, gold and white

Stadium: Ravens Stadium, 8302 Montague St., Tampa

Playoff history: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008

Last appearance: Lost 35-28 to Wharton