WILLIAMSTOWN - Ravenswood has been down this road before. In fact, as recent as last year.
The Red Devils enter Friday's homecoming contest at Williamstown with a 2-1 record. It's almost like deja vu with wins in their first two games followed by a pounding delivered by Wayne.
Ravenswood coach Mick Price doesn't want a repeat of what transpired during his first season when the Red Devils lost eight in a row to close the season.
"We took our share of lickings and lost some games that were tight," Price said. "We had to grow up in a hurry. I think we are better than we were last year and hopefully we will handle the situation better than last year."
Williamstown hasn't seen live action in almost two weeks when it shut out Marietta 20-0 and kept its perfect record intact at 3-0. Yellowjacket coach Terry Smith and his staff utilized the off week to watch future opponents in action such as St. Marys, Doddridge County and Wirt County.
"Doddridge was pretty fired up in their game against Wirt County," Smith said. "We've played these teams so much, I'm not sure we can find out a whole lot more about these teams."
One game the Williamstown staff bypassed occurred in Wayne where Ravenswood was locked in a tight battle with the Class AA, fourth-ranked Pioneers at halftime. The Red Devils trailed 19-6 before Wayne scored two quick touchdowns in the opening stages of the third quarter.
"Wayne is not weak in any phase of their game - they will win a lot of games again," Price said. "As for our defense, that was one of our best performances there in the first half. They played hard and they played fast."
Offensively, Ravenswood runs out of the wing-T. Quarterback Heath Burgess leads the team in rushing with 161 yards to go with three touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound senior also has thrown for 378 yards and three touchdowns.
His options in the backfield are Devon Crews (30-137), Ben Johnson (18-121) and Rhys Jelich (22-113).
"You just have to try and cover the whole field, and that might be hard to do," Smith said. "You can't get caught up in the run because Burgess can throw out of the play-action. That's what really gets you."
That's where Williamstown defensive backs Blake Eddy, Hunter Neely and Jake Tracewell enter the picture. Even though the defense has allowed chunks of yardage on the ground, that particular trio has held its own in terms of not allowing many balls get behind them.
"They've done a super job," Smith said.
Burgess' counterpart is Tracewell, who also leads his team in rushing at 226 yards on 38 carries. The senior has thrown for 386 yards and three touchdowns.
"I have the utmost respect for Terry Smith and the tradition they have there at Williamstown," Price said. "His staff does a good job and his teams are well-disciplined and well-coached. They don't beat themselves and they execute.
"They still have several players from last year so that's a concern in itself."