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 Digital Harbor (Baltimore, Md.) Rams (1-0) at the Edmondson-Westside (Baltimore, Md.) Red Storm (0-1). Kickoff is scheduled for Friday afternoon (9/9) at 3:45 p.m. Both teams open conference play Friday after Digital Harbor earned a 12-10 victory over the Towson Generals last week, while Edmondson-Westside fell to MIAA foe Archbishop Curley, 31-14. The Red Storm look to even their record this season, and secure their third victory over the Rams in as many years.
In conjunction with The Baltimore Sun, a voting poll will be established each week to help select a game that will receive a visit from Ravens Cheerleaders and mascot Poe, have the stadium outfitted in Ravens banners and flags and obtain Ravens giveaways for fans in the stands. Additionally, a $1,000 donation will be awarded to each participating school's respective athletic program. Following the matchup, each Showdown will be highlighted with 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 (9/13). The games available for Week 3 are:
- Francis Scott Key @ Walkersville (9/16 @ 7:00 p.m.)
- Liberty @ Williamsport (9/16 @ 7:00 p.m.)
- Tuscarora @ Frederick (9/16 @ 7:00 p.m.)
To vote, please visit www.BaltimoreRavens.com/RavensRISEShowdown.
Carlos Dunmoodie, varsity head football coach of the Centennial (Ellicott City, Md.) Eagles, has been named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week. Now in its 20th year of existence, Dunmoodie is the first recipient of the award in 2016.
Last Friday, Centennial (1-0) earned its first victory since 2013 with a 30-21 win over the Hammond (Columbia, Md.) Golden Bears. Behind a dominant first half performance, the Eagles jumped to an 18-0 halftime lead, never allowing the Hammond offense to cross midfield. After a Golden Bears' score to begin the third quarter, Centennial responded with a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown by junior safety Tyrese Dargan, giving the visitors a lead they would not relinquish.
After taking over the program just prior to the start of the 2015 campaign, the win marks Dunmoodie's first at the helm of the Eagles.
"After everything these kids have been through, they are learning how to overcome adversity, and they are becoming better people because of it," explained Dunmoodie. "Our players never quit Friday night. We had guys playing both sides of the ball for almost the entire game, and they gave me their all from start to finish. The hard work both the players and the coaching staff put in during the offseason was evident. We are working to create a new identity for this team."
Centennial hosts Mount Hebron this Friday (9/9) in a showdown of Howard 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 for the Ravens-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 www.BaltimoreRavens.com/RISE.