EIELSON AFB-The Eielson are back in the playoffs with a 5-1 Greatland record. But the Ravens are bit banged up. Five players are out. The four biggest losses are sophomore left tackle Austin Edsen with an ankle injury, junior left guard Ryan Crooks and sophomore cornerback Kalib Dunlap with concussions. Senior running back Jaheem Prioleau could be a game time decision coming back from his ankle injury.
The Ravens face the Nikiski Bulldogs at 4:30 tomorrow in a payback game on the road after losing to them 35-20 in September. Head coach David Devaughn is getting creative so Tony Griffith and the offense will show some new looks. Griffith has generated over 1500 yards of offense and 20 touchdowns in his junior campaign.
The odds are stacked against the Ravens but this team is still confident.
"We're really motivated especially because they came to our house and beat us and they took it away from us so we want to go back to their house and repay a favor," sophomore quarterback Caleb Valez said.
Dunlap and the rest of the landed Ravens will be encouraging their team from the sidelines. Dunlap has been proud of the 5-1 season given that team is very young being comprised of mostly freshmen and sophomores.
"We play hard and fast and play as a family," Dunlap said.
Devaughn knows that the tables have turned a bit and his youthful team is now an underdog but he wants this year's team to play loose and keep things in perspective.
"There's always a little bit of pressure after the success last year. I just want them to go out and play to their potential and realize it is a game. We like to win those games but you know focus more on doing the small things right and the big things will take care of themselves."