After nearly three decades as an assistant under five head coaches, Bill Hyson took over Francis Scott Key's football program this fall with an eye toward maintaining continuity.
He's off to a good start.
With his team in pursuit of its county-record seventh straight winning season, Hyson was named Ravens High School Coach of the Week last week, after his team's 49-42 upset over then-No. 12 Westminster.
"I was very surprised," Hyson said. "I look at it as more a reflection on our entire coaching staff and the kids in our program over the past six or seven years."
Hyson took over the program during the summer, when four-year head coach John Baugher stepped down to accept an assistant principal position at Winters Mill High. Hyson, who also coaches the school's wrestling team, chose to keep the staff intact.
"A part of my goal coming in this year was to try and maintain some continuity," Hyson said. "I feel like we've been able to do that. John did a lot of nice things that we were able to keep."
Hyson will receive a certificate signed by Ravens coach Brian Billick, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Gene Washington, the NFL's director of football development, as well as a specially designed hat. He also will be eligible for the team's Coach of the Year award, to be presented Dec. 17 at halftime of the Ravens-Browns game.
In addition, Key's football program will get a $2,000 donation from the Ravens.
Ryan Pentz's big night against Liberty last week earned the Century football senior dual honors as the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Chesapeake Conference Player of the Week on both offense and defense.
The awards are in their inaugural season.
Offensively, the running back rushed 23 times for a career-high 197 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, he had a pair of interceptions, defended four passes and made four tackles at cornerback, helping the Knights preserve a 44-20 win.
He finished with more than 350 all-purpose yards, between rushing, interception returns and special teams play.
In the Piedmont Conference, the offensive award went to Francis Scott Key quarterback Chris Kolb, who threw for 194 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown pass, ran for a touchdown and scored another on a 54-yard punt return in the Eagles' 49-42 win over Westminster.
Defensively, Winters Mill linebacker Paul McDonald earned the award for his eight tackles, 1 1/2 sacks and one interception in a 21-12 win over North Carroll.
Running up the poll
The Francis Scott Key boys cross country team made a statement at the Sept. 22 South Carroll Invitational.
The Eagles scored an impressive victory in the race, topping then-No. 2 Broadneck. Key finished with four runners in the top 11 to vault from No. 7 to No. 2 in this week's poll. "It gives us good motivation for the rest of the season," said Tim Walsh, who coaches Key with Dan Replogle. "It was a nice win."
The victory was even more impressive considering Francis Scott Key is a Class 2A school while Broadneck is the two-time defending Class 4A state champion.
While Matthew Centrowitz of Broadneck, possibly the state's top runner, won the race, the Eagles' Jared Welsh and Arthur Leathers took second and third, respectively.
Jeff Seidel contributed to this article. To submit news and story ideas about Carroll County high school athletics, contact email@example.com.