Douglass' Elwood Townsend, whose Ducks football team is off to a 6-0 start, has been named the Ravens' High School Coach of the Week.
With Friday’s 16-12 win over Patterson, the Ducks ensured back-to-back winning season for the first time in more than 10 years.
“It was a struggle the first few seasons,” Townsend, in his fifth season as the Ducks coach, said in a news release. “But I asked for three things out of our players – hard work, dedication and performance in the classroom. The boys have bought into that philosophy over the last few years and we’ve been able to find success.”
With the win over Patterson, the Ducks remain the only undefeated team in the Baltimore City league. Late in the game, the Ducks trailed the Clippers, 12-8, until quarterback Cameron West hit receiver Antonio Thornton with a game-winning 58-yard touchdown pass with 58 seconds left.
Last season’s Baltimore Sun All-Metro Coach of the Year, Townsend turned the Ducks from a 3-7 team in 2011 to a 7-4 team that qualified for the regional playoffs for only the second time in school history.
Townsend joins previous winners Butch Schaffer, from Glenelg; Andrew Goldbeck, Kenwood; Sean Murphy, Archbishop Curley; Matt Martello, North Carroll; and Paul Bernstorf, St. Paul’s as candidates for Ravens’ Coach of the Year to be announced Dec. 8 at the Ravens-Vikings game at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Ravens donate $2,000 to the athletic department of each winner who also receives a Coach of the Week hat and a certificate signed by Ravens coach John Harbaugh.