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 Dunbar (Baltimore, Md.) Poets (5-2) at the Baltimore Polytechnic Engineers (3-5). Kickoff on Friday evening (10/30) is 6 p.m. The Poets aim to extend their three-game winning streak over the Engineers, which began in 2012.
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 (11/3). The games available for Week 10 are:
- Northeast-AA @ South River (11/6 @ 6:30 p.m.)
- Meade @ Glen Burnie (11/6 @ 6:30 p.m.)
- North County @ Chesapeake-AA (11/6 @ 6:30 p.m.)
To vote, please visit www.BaltimoreRavens.com/RavensRISEShowdown.
Keith Robinson, varsity head football coach of the Perry Hall (Baltimore, Md.) Gators, has been named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week. Now in its 19th year of existence, Robinson is the eighth recipient of the award in 2015.
Last Friday, Perry Hall (7-1) received contributions from both sides of the football to earn a thrilling victory over the Milford Mill (Baltimore, Md.) Millers, 47-46. The Gators jumped out to a 47-26 lead midway through the third quarter behind 464 passing yards and six touchdowns from QB Reece Wiseman.
The defense then preserved the winning result with a S Tyreek Dickerson sack on a two-point conversion attempt by the Millers to tie the game with just over one minute to play in regulation. Following the failed two-point try, the Gators recovered an onside kick attempt, avenging a narrow defeat to Milford Mill in 2014.
"It would have been very easy for our team to give up at the end after Milford Mill stole the momentum and cut into our lead," explained Robinson. "This win demonstrates the character our team has. I'm proud of our guys for hanging on late in the game and making the one play we needed to make to get the victory."
The Gators travel to the Dundalk (Baltimore, Md.) Owls (8-0) this Friday (10/30) in a Baltimore County match-up with significant playoff implications. Perry Hall, seeking its seventh-straight victory, is currently in fifth place in the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association Class 4A standings, with only the top four teams advancing to the regional playoffs.
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.