During each week of the 2016 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 Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.) Cavaliers (3-1) at the Loyola Blakefield (Towson, Md.) Dons (4-0). Kickoff is scheduled for Friday (9/30) at 4:30 p.m. The Cavaliers look to build off of last year's 34-13 victory over Loyola, while the host Dons hope to extend their 2016 unbeaten streak in head coach Brant Hall's last year at the helm.
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 (10/4). The games available for Week 6 are:
- Bohemia Manor at Perryville (10/7 @ 7:00 p.m.)
- North Harford at Havre de Grace (10/7 @ 7:00 p.m.)
- Patterson Mill at Joppatowne (10/7 @ 7:00 p.m.)
To vote, please visit www.BaltimoreRavens.com/RavensRISEShowdown. Justin Payne, varsity head football coach of the Parkville (Baltimore, Md.) Knights, has been named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week. Now in its 20thyear of existence, Payne is the fourth recipient of the award in 2016.
Last Saturday, Parkville (2-1) earned a thrilling 21-14 victory over the Perry Hall (Baltimore, Md.) Gators. The Knights were led by their ball-hawking defense and playmaking quarterback, as they defeated their crosstown rival for the first time since 2009.
Senior quarterback Sidney White threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, while the Parkville defense stymied a fast-paced Gators offense, forcing four turnovers on the day. With the score knotted at 14-14 midway through the fourth quarter, White connected with senior wide receiver Vernon Miller for a 25-yard game-winning touchdown.
"Our goal for this game was to possess the ball as long and as often as we could," Payne explained. "The more we had the ball, the less Perry Hall would have it, and we thought that was going to be a key to winning the game for us. The kids executed the game plan well, and hopefully this victory over our rival continues to bring some real excitement about football throughout our school."
Parkville hosts Dulaney (2-1) this Saturday (10/1), and looks to avenge a 20-14 loss to their Baltimore County foe in 2015.
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 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 www.BaltimoreRavens.com/RISE.
2016 Ravens High School Coach of the Week Recipients
Centennial High School
Winters Mill High School
Randallstown High School
Parkville High School