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Ravens Coach of the Week

Joe Polce, varsity head football coach of the Walkersville Lions, has been named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week. Now in its 20th year of existence, Polce is the tenth and final recipient of the award in 2016.

Last Friday, Walkersville (10-0) defeated the Middletown Knights, 27-3, to complete their first undefeated regular season since 1992. Trailing for the only time all year, the Lions fell behind 3-0 early in the first quarter before rattling off four unanswered touchdowns and securing their tenth victory of the season. Allowing a total of 24 points (2.4 points per game) all season, Walkersville enters the playoffs aiming for its second Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (MPSSAA) state championship in school history.

"I hope our team learned that nothing is guaranteed from the regular season," Polce stated. "We need to earn it every day and continue to work hard in practice. We had a great regular season, but that's done now. Hopefully, we can advance in the playoffs this weekend and take it one week at a time."

Walkersville hosts the Century (Sykesville, Md.) Knights (8-2) tonight (11/11) at 7 p.m. in the Class 2A West Regional Semifinals of the MPSSAA postseason tournament. The winner of this contest will advance to the Regional Finals next weekend.

Each week during the season, the Ravens have honored a high school coach who makes a significant impact on his student-athletes. Each of the 10 winners will be in attendance for the Ravens vs. Eagles game at M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 18 for an opportunity to be named the Ravens High School Coach of the Year. In addition, each coach receives a $2,000 donation to the school's football program and an award from Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.

These initiatives are just a piece of Ravens RISE, the team's football outreach initiative presented by Wendy's. The program 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 about Ravens RISE, please visit

2016 Ravens High School Coach of the Week Recipients:

Week 1

Carlos Dunmoodie

Centennial High School

Week 2

Matt Miller

Winters Mill High School

Week 3

Ray Wright

Randallstown High School

Week 4

Justin Payne

Parkville High School

Week 5

Kyle Schmitt

Archbishop Spalding High School

Week 6

Anthony Burgos

Franklin High School

Week 7

Daryl Wade

Baltimore City College

Week 8

Steve Lurz

Patterson Mill High School

Week 9

Chad McCormick

Old Mill High School

Week 10

Joe Polce

Walkersville High School

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