After Hammond’s football team dealt River Hill its first loss in more than two years, Bears coach Justin Carey was named Ravens’ Coach of the Week Wednesday.
Carey, in his first season as the Bears coach after being an assistant at Atholton, has led them to a 5-2 record, but no win was bigger than Friday’s 47-38 upset at then-No. 2 River Hill, the two-time defending Class 3A state champion. The Hawks were riding a 30-game winning streak, the Baltimore area’s longest active football run, and hadn’t lost a game since Hammond beat them in September 2011.
The Bears trailed 28-14 at halftime, but quarterback Tyler Martin, this week’s Baltimore Sun Boys Athlete of the Week, orchestrated the comeback with 20 fourth-quarter points. Martin, who also started in the last Bears win over River Hill, threw for 441 yards, just 34 shy of the state record. He threw for six touchdowns – one short of the state record – and ran for another.
“We need to continue to have efficient practices, to be good in situational football, and play as a team,” Carey said in a news release. “Finishing games and staying together have been our key points all season and we’re going to need to stick to those the rest of the year to make a run in the playoffs.”
The No. 13 Bears, who are in fourth place in the Class 2A South regional standings, host Howard Friday as they aim for the third playoff berth in school history. Only the top four teams in each region advance to the playoffs.
Carey joins six previous winners – 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 Dec. 8 at the Ravens-Vikings game at M&T Bank Stadium.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.