Ravens Rise High School Football Showdown & Coach Of The Week

 During each week of the regular season, the Baltimore Ravens will recognize one local high school football game as its Ravens RISE High School Football Showdown.

This week's Showdown will feature the Westminster Owls (0-1) at the Oakdale (Ijamsville, Md.) Bears (1-0). Kickoff is slated for Friday night (9/11) at 7 p.m. First-year Owls head coach, Matt Study, looks for his team to rebound following an opening weekend defeat at the Bowie Bulldogs, while Oakdale aims to keep its season perfect following a 60-3 victory over the Washington (Charles Town, WV.) Patriots. This non-conference matchup is the first meeting between these western Maryland schools in recent history.   

In conjunction with the Baltimore Sun, a voting poll will be established each week to help select which Showdown will receive a visit to the game from Ravens Cheerleaders and mascot Poe, as well as a monetary donation for both school's respective athletic programs. Following the matchup, each game will be showcased through a detailed game recap and photo gallery.

Voting is now open for next week's Ravens RISE High School Football Showdown and will close Tuesday (9/15). The games available for Week 3 are:

§  Severna Park @ Glen Burnie (9/18 @ 6:30 p.m.)

§  Dulaney @ Catonsville (9/18 @ 7 p.m.)

§  Patterson Mill @ North Harford (9/18 @ 7 p.m.)

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 19th year of existence, Dolch is the first recipient of the award in 2015.

Last Friday, South River (1-0) earned a thrilling 20-17 victory over the defending Anne Arundel county Champion Broadneck (Annapolis, Md.) Bruins. Trailing 17-13 with 44 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Seahawks RB Brooks Watson punched the ball into the end zone on fourth down to give South River its first win over the Bruins since 2011.

"This past offseason our program did a lot with the players to build relationships amongst team members, alumni, community groups and other area organizations," explained Dolch. "It is through these relationships that the kids began to see support for South River football, and from that support, they came to possess a new-found belief in themselves. That was demonstrated Friday night, especially on the game-winning drive."

The Seahawks travel to Severna Park this Friday (9/11) in a showdown of Anne Arundel county foes.

Each week during the season, the Ravens honor a high school coach who has made a significant impact on his student-athletes. Each winner will be in attendance at the Ravens-Chiefs home game on Dec. 20 for an opportunity to be named the Ravens High School Coach of the Year. In addition, each coach receives a 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, go to www.BaltimoreRavens.com/RISE.

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