Edmondson’s Corey Johnson was named Ravens’ High School Coach of the Week after guiding the Red Storm to a 14-0 upset victory over then-No. 5 Dunbar, which had not lost to a Maryland public school team in two years.
The No. 15 Red Storm (6-3) has shut out five of its last six opponents and was the first team in seven years to hold the three-time defending Class 1A state champion Poets scoreless.
Friday, the Red Storm's defense also provided all the offense. Junior safety Jaequan Hill scored both touchdowns -- first stripping a Dunbar running back and taking the ball 73 yards for a touchdown and then returning an interception 55 yards for a touchdown.
“We pride ourselves on defense,” Johnson said in a news release. “We bring a lot of pressure and try to force turnovers. We fly around the ball, come off the edges and make plays happen We play sound, fundamental defense and we really want to create turnovers.”
The victory over the Poets was the first for Edmondson in seven years and earned the Red Storm its first Ben Eaton Memorial Trophy, the symbol of the rivalry named for the late Dunbar coach who died in 2007.
Johnson joins eight previous winners -- Kent County’s Brendon Ireton, Hammond’s Justin Carey, Douglass’ Elwood Townsend, Glenelg’s Butch Schaffer, Kenwood’s Andrew Goldbeck; Archbishop Curley’s Sean Murphy; North Carroll’s Matt Martello and St. Paul’s Paul Bernstorf -- in the running for Ravens’ Coach of the Year. The winner will be announced at the Ravens-Vikings game at M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 8.
The Ravens donate $2,000 to the athletic department of each weekly winner who also receives a Coach of the Week hat and a certificate signed by Ravens coach John Harbaugh.To read more about Edmondson’s win over Dunbar, click here.