Howard's Bruce Strunk has been named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week after leading the undefeated Lions to a 7-0 victory over Howard County rival River Hill Friday to clinch at least a share of the county title.
The Lions, who improved to 9-0, haven't won a Howard County championship since 1999, and they could win it outright with a victory over Long Reach (1-8) Friday night.
Against River Hill, the Lions offense rolled up more than 200 yards, but Najee Savage scored the only touchdown, on a 9-yard run, five seconds into the fourth quarter. He carried the ball 20 times for 147 yards.
The defense did the rest, holding the Hawks to less than 100 yards of total offense. Leading the way were Winston Delattiboudere III, Shane Kieta, Nick Saunders and Vanden Vale, who each had several tackles for a loss. It was Howard's fourth shutout of the season.
"We had six starters coming back from our defense last season," Strunk said in a news release. "We have some very good players on that side of the ball, but they all play as a unit. They take care of their responsibilities every day, and they picked a great time to play such a great game against a team with as much talent and is as well-coached as River Hill."
Each week of the regular season, the Ravens' have named a Coach of the Week with one more to go this weekend before teams head to the playoffs.
Strunk, who received a donation to the Lions' football program from the Ravens, will join the previous eight winners at the Ravens-Jaguars game at M&T Bank Stadium Dec. 14 as the Ravens announed their High School Coach of the Year.
Previous winners include: Rob Harris (Broadneck), Keith Rawlings (John Carroll), Dom Damico (McDonogh), Gene Liebel (North Harford), Greg Long (Havre de Grace), Thomas Browne (Oakland Mills), Marc Mesaros (Eastern Tech) and Brad Wilson (Westminster).