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 South Hagerstown Rebels (4-2) at the Fort Hill (Cumberland, Md.) Sentinels (4-1). Kickoff on Friday evening (10/16) is 7 p.m., and marks the first contest between these schools in recent history. Winners of two straight, the Rebels take aim at their fifth-consecutive winning season, while the Sentinels look to extend their current 24-game winning streak against opponents from Maryland.
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 (10/20). The games available for Week 8 are:
- Forest Park @ Southwestern (3 PM)
- Southern @ South River (6:30 PM)
- Century @ Winters Mill (7 PM)
To vote, please visit www.BaltimoreRavens.com/RavensRISEShowdown
Rick Conner, varsity head football coach of the Linganore (Frederick, Md.) Lancers, has been named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week. Now in its 19th year of existence, Conner is the sixth recipient of the award in 2015.
Last Friday, Linganore (6-0) earned a thrilling, 21-20, victory at the Oakdale (Ijamsville, Md.) Bears. Trailing 20-7 to begin the fourth quarter, the Lancers cut their deficit to six points following a QB Nathaniel Musselman 2-yard touchdown run. After regaining possession with just under three minutes to play, Musselman led Linganore on a 55-yard drive capped by a 10-yard touchdown toss to RB Dante Butler. Down by just one point with 26 seconds remaining, the Lancers went for the win on a two-point conversion try rather than attempting a game-tying extra point. Musselman once again found the end zone with a throw to WR Wade Stieren, completing the dramatic come-from-behind victory for Linganore.
"It's been our history at Linganore to play for the win, so when the opportunity came to attempt the tying kick or go for the winning score, it was an easy decision for us," explained Conner. "Our offensive coordinator, Chris O'Connor, put that play in our playbook just last week. We ran it well in practice leading up to the game, so we knew we had a strong chance to execute it in the game Friday night."
The Lancers return home to host the Wootton (Rockville, Md.) Patriots this Friday (10/16) in a non-conference showdown with the Montgomery County school.
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