Glenelg coach Butch Schaffer was named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week on Wednesday after his Gladiators defeated Howard last Friday to remain in contention for the Howard County championship.
With the 35-20 win over the Lions, the No. 11 Gladiators are 4-1, one game behind River Hill (5-0). The Gladiators fell to the No. 2 Hawks, 7-3, in the season opener, but the Lions (4-1) still have to play the Hawks.
Against Howard, senior David Brookhart made three key plays for Glenelg, starting with an interception returned 50 yards for a touchdown. Doubling as a wide receiver and defensive back, Brookhart also had a 5-yard touchdown run and caught a 41-yard pass for another touchdown.
The Gladiators have won four straight games since falling to the Hawks.
“Our team continues to improve every week,” Schaffer said in a news release. “I’m really proud of the kids’ effort on the practice field and during games. They give everything they have on every play, and that’s what we need to compete in the Howard County league.”
Schaffer joins previous winners Andrew Goldbeck, Kenwood; Sean Murphy, Archbishop Curley; Matt Martello, North County and Paul Bernstorf, St. Paul’s as candidates for Ravens’ Coach of the Year. The winner will 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.