Oakland Mills football coach Thomas Browne, whose Scorpions won their first homecoming game in more than a decade Friday, was named Ravens High School Coach of the Week.
With the 40-31 win over Hammond, the Scorpions improved to 3-0 and need just one more win to match last season's total. They hadn't started a season with three wins since 2010 and are looking for their first winning season since 2003.
Browne played on the Scorpions' 1998 state championship team, and he is in his fourth season coaching his alma mater. The program's turnaround began last year when the Scorpions finished 4-6 after winning just one game the previous two seasons.
The Scorpions outscored their first two opponents this fall, Long Reach and Centennial, 105-0, and then pulled out the win in the close game against Hammond.
Quarterback David Pindell threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown against Hammond. Running back Tre Hopkins ran for 103 yards and three touchdowns.
Hopkins' third touchdown, in the final two minutes, sealed the Scorpions' first win over the Bears in six years.
“We have kids who have completely bought into the program here at Oakland Mills, and it’s showing,” Browne said in a news release. “We had a great offseason here this year with huge participation in the program. Add that to having a bunch of kids who have been on the varsity team for a few years and having a team that is bigger than in previous years, and we’ve been able to get off to a good start. We need to keep that focus the entire season though, since we are only three weeks in right now.”
As Coach of the Week, Browne receives a donation from the Ravens for the school's football program. The Ravens will select a Coach of the Week for each week of the high school regular season.
Browne along Westminster's Brad Wilson and Eastern Tech's Marc Mesaros and all future winners will be invited to the Ravens-Jacksonville Jaguars game on Dec. 14 at M&T Bank Stadium where the Ravens will name their High School Coach of the Year.