River Hill's Brian Van Deusen named Ravens Coach of the Week

River Hill’s Brian Van Deusen has been named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week after guiding the Hawks to a 42-6 over then-No. 12 and unbeaten Long Reach Thursday night.

The No. 12 Hawks are 4-0 to start Van Deusen’s 18th season as head coach.

Against one of their top Howard County foes, the Hawks jumped out to a 21-0 lead. They ran for 340 yards and had three interceptions — two in the first quarter.

“It all starts with our 21 seniors. Those guys did an outstanding job this offseason and have led the way during the season for us, too,” Van Deusen said in a statement. “Long Reach is a good team – especially on the offensive and defensive lines – but our guys were up to the challenge last week. We ran the ball well and made enough big plays on both sides of the ball to come up with the victory.”

Quarterback Luke Champion ran for three touchdowns and was joined by Austin Abraham, Brendan McKenna and Brett Shaw in gaining most of the rushing yardage. McKenna and Shaw each scored a touchdown and grabbed an interception.

Van Deusen was also honored as a Ravens Coach of the Week in 2009. During his tenure, River Hill has won nine Howard County titles and four state championships, most recently in 2012 when they finished the season 14-0.

Each week of the regular season, the Ravens honor one high school football coach with a $2,000 donation to his school’s football program and an award from Ravens coach John Harbaugh. At the end of the season, the 10 winners will be invited to the Dec. 23 Ravens-Colts game at M&T Bank Stadium where one will be named the Ravens High School Coach of the Year.

Van Deusen joins this fall’s previous winners, Harford Tech’s Tim Palmer, Towson’s Ryan Pittillo, Meade’s Albert Jones and Tuscarora’s Vince Ahearn.

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