Lawrence Smith Named Ravens High School Coach of the Week
Lawrence Smith, head coach of the Dunbar (Baltimore, Md.) varsity football team, has been named Ravens High School Coach of the Week. This marks the second Coach of the Week award for Smith who previously won in 2009. Presented by Toyota, this is the 16th year of the Ravens' award program.
Opening Dunbar's brand new William F. "Sugar" Cain Field last Friday evening (10/26), Smith led the Poets to a 64-0 victory over visiting Carver. In front of a capacity crowd, Dunbar improved its record to 8-1 on the season, maintaining a first-place lead in the Baltimore City Division I league.
While the offense has been effective, it's the Poets' defense that has been their calling card this season. Against Carver, Dunbar recorded eight sacks and returned one interception for a touchdown.
Posting six shutouts over the past nine games, the Dunbar defense is allowing less than five points per contest. "Our defense has been playing exceptional all season long," Smith said. "Our goal going into every game is to hold the opponent to one touchdown or less, and our defensive coordinator [Michael Carter] is doing a great job of that. This game against Carver was no exception."
The Poets travel to Patterson this Friday (11/2) for a division battle with the 5-4 Clippers.
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