St. Paul's football coach Paul Bernstorf was named the season's first Ravens' High School Coach of the Week Wednesday after guiding the Crusaders to a 35-21 victory over Hereford last week.
The Crusaders, last fall's undefeated MIAA B Conference champions, started off the season 2-0 to run their winning streak to 13 games. They opened with a 26-21 victory over Loyola which looked even more impressive after the Dons went on to beat St. Johns, from Washington, D.C., last weekend.
"Starting with Loyola, an MIAA A Conference program, continuing to Hereford, a perennial power, and then Pallotti and Landon, we challenged ourselves with a much more difficult schedule this season than in
previous years," Bernstorf said in a news release. "Having our first two games on the road, we were thrown
right into the fire. But we played well and hope to keep improving throughout the entire season."
Against Hereford, Crusaders quarterback Anthony Pino threw for three touchdowns and completed 15 of 25 passes for 253 yards. Running back Kaylon Johnson ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
The Ravens' coach of the week program is in its 17th season, but this is the first time Bernstorf has been honored. He will get a $2,000 donation to his football program, a certificate and a coach of the week hat.
Bernstorf and the other winners -- one each week of the regular season -- will be in the running for the Ravens' High School Coach of the Year. All weekly winners will be invited to the Ravens-Vikings game on Dec. 8 when the coach of the year will be announced.
Milford Mill's Reggie White was last season's coach of the year.