Dave Smith, head coach of the Francis Scott Key (Union Bridge, Md.) varsity football team, has been named Ravens High School Coach of the Week. Presented by Toyota, this is the 16th year of the Ravens' award program.
With a 33-21 win over North Carroll last Friday (10/12), Francis Scott Key ended a 23-game losing streak that began in 2010. Behind a strong rushing attack of Clayton Vleck, Matt Clingan and Rye Thomas, the Eagles posted 359 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Clingan's 13-yard touchdown run on Francis Scott Key's opening possession of the game gave the Eagles their first lead of the season en route to their victory.
The win was also the first for Smith, who is in his initial season as head coach at Francis Scott Key. "It's what we've been working towards," Smith said. "All the practice and all the reps prepared us for this, and it now shows us that we can do this. We are working to develop winning habits all the time, not just some of the time."
The Eagles travel to Liberty this Friday (10/19) as they look to pick up their first win against the Lions since 2006.
Each week during the season, the Ravens will honor a high school coach who has made a significant impact on his student-athletes. Each winner will be present at the Ravens-Broncos home game on Dec. 16 for the naming of the Ravens High School Coach of the Year.
Each weekly recipient receives:
- A $2,000 donation to the school's football program
- An award certificate signed by Ravens head coach John Harbaugh
- A specially-designed Coach of the Week hat