"Less time to be nervous. If you could just be done Friday night and you win you turn around and play again Monday, that'd be great. By week 14 how much time can you actually spend doing fundamentals? And the kids have been going since Aug. 11. You're trying to keep them fresh and not wear their legs down."

On playing the day after Thanksgiving:

"I'm hoping there will be a big crowd, good atmosphere. It's the Hawk bowl. I know the Hawks are going to win ... when we set our goals up for our kids at the beginning of the year, one of our goals is always to practice on Thanksgiving. We invite all the alumni back and have a big open practice. It's a great atmosphere to practice on Thanksgiving and I'm glad our seniors got a chance to do it."

 

River Hill coach Brian Van Deusen

On having graduated from McDaniel (Western Maryland) one season before Hines began playing there:

"He coached for several years there (as lines coach and offensive coordinator) before he went to Walkersville (for five years) and he eventually ended up at Urbana, so we know each other. Actually when we coached the Crab Bowl (All-Star game) we brought Ryan on to call the defense so we've worked together before too."

On Urbana's tough schedule and 3-3 start to the season:

"They're a very well coached, good team. They've had as tough a schedule as anybody. To play Westminster early on, they played Middletown (both undefeated and in the state semifinals), Walkersville, and then to go through that 3A West region — Damascus and Seneca Valley — they're certainly getting tested and they've come out on top and won the last six, so its gonna be a very tough test for us."

On getting a scare as Atholton scored 20 points in the last three minutes of their 35-27 regional championship win:

"Just maybe a wake up call there. We had things going pretty good and we were able to rest some kids, but then just a play here or there and an onside kick and anything can happen. That'll keep the kids focused as we go each day this week and work on getting better ... It would have been a little too exciting if they had got that next onside kick. Fortunately they missed the extra point. If we were only up seven, and then they got that, I know they would have gone for two. I knew if we got the onside kick we'd be able to run it out because we had been moving the ball up and down the field. It was just a couple turnovers that we had there late."

On not having any history with Urbana, scouting them via film:

"Never played them, never scrimmaged them, so it'll be a new test. Fortunately we played some teams similar to what they run. They're mostly an I (formation) team. They do a lot of double tight (ends), they've got very good tight ends. A lot of slot-I, pro-I, so similar to what you see from Hammond and Glenelg, and even Mt. Hebron ran some I's. There are probably four teams in our county that run something similar to them, so in that sense at least we've got some tape and we've seen it before ... defensively they're more of a 40 team, and we've seen that a little bit. But they're very good, very quick defensively, solid tacklers. Beating Damascus and Seneca Valley, and holding them down, there's two powerful offenses. They've done a nice job."

On Urbana's personnel:

"Quarterback (Donovan Pannell's) only a sophomore and the tailback (Raekwon Gray) is a sophomore. They've got the tight end, No. 5 (Brendan Wharton), and the split end No. 10 (Darren Ambush) who are a couple of their seniors, providing leadership and making big plays for them as well."

On playing a non-Howard County team for the first time this season after 12 games:

"It's exciting to get outside the county and get into some different teams. Frederick County has always been very good in football and they beat the Montgomery County teams, but it's nice knowing that they really haven't seen anybody that runs our offense ... what happens in Howard County is that over the years we've been running this and even our defense, a lot of the other teams in the county have started doing some of the stuff. So not only are they playing us every year but they're seeing some of these other teams, so they're seeing it three or four times a year."

On adding wrinkles to the Hawks' deceptive offense to keep opponents off balance:

"We've got to add stuff every year and change some things up, and we kind of do that based on our personnel. Obviously this year we're throwing the ball more than we ever have. You try to go with your strengths and adjust, and that's the nice thing about what we've come up with offensively and defensively. We're pretty flexible, we can feature certain players, certain pass plays, based on our talent that year. This year we were able to open up the pass game a little bit (behind record breaking QB Austin Altman), so that's been nice."

On how this year's team compares to last year's state championship team:

"Last year we lost the two games early and that was a wake up call. But also going along with that we were banged up with our superstar running back out, Aaron Wells, and a couple of other key guys. The big thing last year was just getting healthy and getting refocused and we got on a roll ... This year we've fortunately played pretty well in every game, we haven't had as many of the turnovers and mistakes that we did last year ... fortunately we've been tested sometimes. We had some close games with Glenelg and at the end with Atholton, and the guys have reacted well and made the plays when they needed to. So hopefully we'll keep that going."

On the prospect of playing a state championship game on a Thursday night, Nov. 29, against the winner of Milford Mill/Huntingtown:

"That would be different. We've never really played on a Thursday night, so that would be a lot of work to cram into three practices. We'll figure that out (if we get there), and hopefully we'll have the opportunity."

 

Roster breakdown

U: 50 — 17 seniors, 22 juniors (#18 DB Patrick Coffey, #56 OL/DL Andrew Thomas, #22 DB Brandon Plante), 11 sophomores (#21 RB Raekwon Gray, #2 QB Donovan Pannell)

RH: 40 — 17 seniors, 22 juniors (#37 TE/LB Cory Daniel, #47 K Alex Potocko, #50 NG/T Logan Kirby, #52 DE/G Anthony Corrao), 1 sophomore (#34 LB/RB Brian Kirby)