Dave Smith, head coach of the Francis Scott Key High School varsity football team, was named this week as the Baltimore Ravens High School Coach of the Week.
The Ravens noted that with a 33-21 win over North Carroll last Friday, Oct. 12, Francis Scott Key ended a 23-game losing streak that began in 2010.
The eagles had a strong rushing attack of Clayton Vleck, Matt Clingan and Rye Thomas, posting 359 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the win. Clingan's 13-yard touchdown run on Francis Scott Key's opening possession of the game gave the Eagles their first lead of the season en route to their victory.
The win was also the first for Smith — who is in his initial season as head coach at Francis Scott Key after being a longtime assistant there.
"It's what we've been working toward," Smith said. "All the practice and all the reps prepared us for this, and it now shows us that we can do this.
"We are working to develop winning habits all the time, not just some of the time," he said.
Each week during the season, the Ravens will honor a high school coach who has made a significant impact on his student-athletes. Each winner will be present at the Ravens-Broncos home game on Dec. 16 for the naming of the Ravens High School Coach of the Year.
As part of the honor, each weekly recipient receives a $2,000 donation to the school's football program; an award certificate signed by Ravens head coach John Harbaugh; and a special Coach of the Week hat. the Ravens' program is co-sponsored by Toyota, and is in its 16th year.