Coach: Orlando Gray, third season (8-15)
2018 Record: 4-6, 2-4 in Southwestern 4A
Returning Starters: Offense, 6; Defense, 4
Inside the Huddle
Last season, an incident in a win over rival Independence stained what was going to be a 6-6 campaign with two winnable games still left on the schedule forfeited.
Coach Orlando Gray has the Ravens headed in the right direction. The conference has heavyweights Butler and Myers Park but the Ravens have the potential to finish third and make the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
Korey Hailey took over at quarterback and looked very good in his limited time a season ago. He’s back along with the two-headed rushing attack of Kalib Jennings and Kirkland Williams.
Jennings is the top returning receiver, but the Ravens are high on that group, including tight end Sinceer Scott.
The offensive line, anchored by all-conference tackle Korion Sharpe, is young yet experienced as most have started the past three seasons.
Sharpe will play a little defensively up front as well, but the run stuffers are Yusef Shah and Kaishaun Royster.
All-conference middle linebacker Brian Grier had right at 100 tackles, and Kalil Alexander is inline for a big season as well. The secondary has some two-way players, but is full of athletes.
It looks like the turnaround is in full circle and the Ravens are trending in the right direction. The offensive line should key a good run game, and Grier and Alexander may be the conference’s best two linebackers. There’s a lot to like about this team, but the key will be putting it all together in a tough conference.
QB: Korey Hailey; RB: Kalib Jennings/Kirkland Williams; WR: Isaiah McIlwain; WR: Tyrone McNair; WR: AJ Collins; TE: Sinceer Scott; LT: Kendall Stanley; LG: Anthony Gunter/Michael Berry/Edwin Freeman; C: Alfredo Alvarez; RG: Gabriel Palacios; and RT: Korion Sharpe.
DE: Kaishaun Royster; DE: Yusef Shah; DT: Isaiah Brutton; DT: Korion Sharpe; LB: Brian Grier; LB: Jaquan Scott/Miles McNeil; LB: Kalil Alexander; CB: Tyler Jennings; CB: Jevon Mciver; S: Kalib Jennings; and S: Jacorian Cosby.
K: Alex Elzey; P: Alex Elzey; P Ret: Kalib Jennings/Isaiah McIlwain; and K Ret: AJ Collins.