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 features the Parkville Knights (2-1) at the Perry Hall Gators (2-1). Kickoff on Friday night (9/25) is 7 p.m. The Knights seek their first win over their Baltimore County rival since 2009, while the Gators take aim at their sixth-straight winning season.
In conjunction with The Baltimore Sun, a voting poll is 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 (9/29). The games available for Week 5 are:
§ Poly @ Edmondson-Westside (10/2 @ 3:45 PM)
§ C. Milton Wright @ Fallston (10/2 @ 7 PM)
§ Winters Mill @ Liberty (10/2 @ 7 PM)
To vote, please visit www.BaltimoreRavens.com/RavensRISEShowdown.
Toby Peer, varsity head football coach of the South Hagerstown (Hagerstown, Md.) Rebels, has been named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week. Now in its 19th year of existence, Peer is the third recipient of the award in 2015.
Last Friday, South Hagerstown (2-1) earned a non-conference victory at the South Carroll (Sykesville, Md.) Cavaliers, 21-20, in the team's first meeting since 2006. Trailing 20-14 at the half, the Rebels scored the final points of the game on a 10-yard touchdown run by QB TJ Peer in the third quarter. Following the score, South Hagerstown's defense stifled a high-powered Cavaliers offense that was averaging 38 points per game entering the contest.
"Our kids settled into the game in the second half, especially on the defensive side," explained Coach Peer. "We ran to the ball well, we tackled a little better as a team and we were relentless in our effort. Plus, our special teams were outstanding, helping us flip the field and forcing South Carroll to go a long way to score."
The Rebels battle the Linganore (Frederick, Md.) Lancers at home this Friday (9/25) as they return to Monocacy Valley Athletic League play.
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.