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Hampstead Ravens share name and winning tradition

Hampstead Ravens share name and winning tradition

For this youth football team, "Play like a Raven" isn't just an idle slogan. They are the Ravens — the Hampstead Ravens, that is.

"Everyone wants to be us," player Larry Smith, 12, says of his opponents.

For one thing, the Hampstead Ravens are winners: The team of 10- to 12-year-olds snagged the Maryland Youth Football championship for the second season in a row. And for another, since 1996 they have shared the name and logo of the Baltimore Ravens, who are on their way to Super Bowl XLVII.

With a logo featuring the familiar, fierce bird in profile — but with an "H" rather than a "B" on its head — and...

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