Poly football coach Roger Wrenn was named Ravens Coach of the Week Thursday after guiding the Engineers to an 11-0 record and a berth in the regional final as he contemplates his retirement at season’s end.
The No. 5 Engineers defeated then-No. 12 Perry Hall, 50-12, in the Class 4A North regional semifinals and will host No. 8 Catonsville Friday at 7 p.m. for the title and a trip to the state semifinals. The Engineers hope to send Wrenn off to retirement after 40 years of coaching in Baltimore City with his first state championship.
“It’s just been a magic season,” Wrenn said in a news release. “We’re 11-0. I could not have written a better script for the way to go out of coaching. Against two of our most intense opponents, Dunbar and City College, we came back and scored touchdowns under two minutes to go to win. It’s been as wonderful a way to go out as I imagined.”
Poly won the Baltimiore City Division I title – the 14th city championship of a coaching career that began as an assistant at City in 1972, moved on to Patterson in 1974 and then Poly in 2006.
Wrenn, who will turn 65 later this month, has been the Ravens Coach of the Week four times before. He will receive a $2,000 donation to his schools’ football program.
On Dec. 24, Wrenn will join the other weekly winners at the Ravens-Browns game at M&T Bank Stadium when the Ravens will announce their High School coach of the year.
Previous winners: Catonsville's Rich Hambor, Glenelg's Butch Schaffer, New Town's Joe Holland, Reginald F. Lewis' Donte' Foster, Severn's Chris Kirchenheiter, Fallston's Dave Cesky and Overlea’s Craig Rollins.