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CoGo's High School Football Feature Matchup: A Family Affair

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It’s a family affair this Friday night at Fox Chapel when the Foxes take on the Butler Golden Tornado. Coaches Eric Ravotti and Clyde Conti share more than just a 1-6 record; they share bloodlines.

“I’m proud of those guys,” Conti said of Eric and his younger brother Chad, who also works on the Fox Chapel coaching staff. “A highlight for me was watching Eric play his last game in the Citrus Bowl and watching him in the pros.”

The former Steeler Ravotti is also proud of his family, but knows that the relatives will be rivals on Friday.

“They are well-coached,” the Foxes coach bragged. “He has a wonderful offensive mind and he’s a good defensive coach. They have great game plans, and we haven’t done well against running offenses.”

The Fox Chapel defense has struggled this season. The Foxes have surrendered 258 points in just six games. That total is bound to rocket upwards when they face the Golden Tornado’s talented quarterback Thomas Jendesky. The senior play-caller leads his team in both passing and rushing this season.

“He is about our only guy who is healthy,” Conti said. “He’s the main cog in everything we try to do, but he can’t do everything himself. It’s been a real struggle this season.”

With several injuries to key players last week, the Golden Tornado are just looking to finish the season injury free. Ravotti knows the feeling.

“We have to find a way to play solid football overall on both sides. We haven’t done that yet this year. We want to finish the season on a positive note.”

Quarterback Billy Urso will lead the charge for the Foxes. His 1,251 passing yards are the 12th highest in the WPIAL and fourth best in AAAA.

“He is the most valuable player on our offense. He controls everything. The offense goes the way he goes,” Ravotti boasted of his junior quarterback. “He is coming into his own and making great reads.”

Adding to the offensive punch are the Garnett brothers, Nigel and Chad, who have rushed for a combined 585 yards this season.

“They bring a lot of athleticism and we do a lot of different things with them running and passing out of the backfield,” said Ravotti. “We need to utilize CoGo'sthem.”

The two squads will battle to stay out of the Northern Eight Conference basement this weekend in Fox Chapel.

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