Hakeem Sule, varsity head football coach of the McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) Eagles, has been named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week. Now in its 23rd year of existence, Sule is the eighth recipient of the award in 2019.
Last Friday, the Eagles (9-0) visited the Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.) Cavaliers and earned an overtime victory, 25-22.
After trailing at halftime for the first time all season, the Eagles' 12-10 deficit remained entering the fourth quarter. A 20-yard touchdown pass from sophomore QB Preston Howard to senior WR Curtis Jacobs, and senior K Harrison Beattie's 30-yard field goal put McDonogh ahead, but the Cavaliers tied the game in the waning minutes to force overtime.
Spalding began the extra frame on offense and managed a field goal with the possession. Needing a field goal to extend the game or a touchdown to win, Howard punched the ball into the endzone from 1-yard away to keep McDonogh's perfect season intact.
Coming off a rare losing season in 2018 (3-6), the Eagles have rebounded this year to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association "A" Conference playoffs.
"This game came down to a resilient effort from our senior leaders," Sule stated. "At halftime, we told our guys that if we want to be champions this season, how we handled this halftime deficit was going to be a defining moment for us. We had an opportunity to respond in the second half, and our guys went out and did it."
McDonogh hosts the Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) Greyhounds this Saturday (11/2), with kickoff slated for 3 p.m. This will be the 104th meeting between the rival schools, with Gilman leading the all-time series 61-37-5.
Each week during the season, the Ravens honor a high school coach who has made a significant impact on his student-athletes. All 10 Coach of the Week winners receive a $2,000 donation to their school's football program and an award from Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. In addition, each coach will attend the Ravens-Jets game at M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 12 for an opportunity to be named the Ravens High School Coach of the Year.
These initiatives are just one piece of Ravens RISE, the team's football outreach program presented by MedStar Sports Medicine. Ravens RISE impacts a range of area football players from youth to high school, providing them with a year-round opportunity to "Play Like A Raven" through clinics, tournaments, grants, ticket donations and exclusive opportunities to play at M&T Bank Stadium and interact with Ravens players and coaches.
To learn more, please visit www.BaltimoreRavens.com/RISE.
2019 Ravens High School Coach of the Week Recipients:
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
Old Mill High School
Marriotts Ridge High School
Elkton High School
Parkville High School
Westminster High School