Kyle Schmitt, head coach of the Atholton (Columbia, Md.) varsity football team, has been named Ravens High School Coach of the Week, the first winner of the 2012 NFL season. Presented by Toyota, this is the 16th year of the Ravens' award program.
Schmitt led the Raiders into Howard High School on Friday (9/14), and his team emerged with a 35-34 victory. The narrow one-point win was nothing new for Schmitt's squad, as Atholton's three victories to start the 2012 season have all come by an average margin of two points.
Against the Eagles from Howard, QB Luke Casey paced the offense with 14 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns, adding 176 yards through the air that resulted in two more Raider touchdowns. While Howard was able to score a late touchdown that cut Atholton's lead to one, the Eagles' two-point conversion attempt was thwarted by LB Godfrey Ovia.
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. Comcast SportsNet, the official sports network of the Baltimore Ravens, will also feature a weekly segment honoring each week's selected coach.
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