Ed Dolch, varsity head football coach of the South River (Edgewater, Md.) Seahawks, has been named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week. Now in its 23rd year of existence, Dolch is the ninth recipient of the award in 2019.
Last Friday, the Seahawks (9-0) visited the North County (Glen Burnie, Md.) Knights and completed an undefeated regular season with a convincing victory, 49-7. The win captured the Anne Arundel County championship for the Seahawks, and clinched the top seed in the upcoming Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) Class 4A East Region playoffs.
Led by senior QB David Foust's four touchdown tosses in the first half, South River also received rushing scores from junior RB Delvin Johnson and junior WR Lala Titow. The Seahawks defense was just as stout, forcing two turnovers and holding the Knights' offense to just 128 total yards.
"We consider our offense to be pretty explosive, so we look for them to get on teams quickly at the start of the game to hopefully make them play from behind and get them out of their game plan," Dolch stated. "If we do, that puts our defense in a position to be very successful as well.
"To see the kids in our senior class go from a 1-9 team when they were freshmen to county champions as seniors, they are the reason I coach. They have bought into our philosophy, worked around the calendar in the weight room and it's paying off for them now. They are great young men."
South River hosts the Annapolis Panthers this Friday (11/8) in the opening round of the MPSSAA playoffs, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. The Seahawks defeated Annapolis in regular season play earlier this year, 62-22.
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
South River High School