Mervo's Patrick Nixon has been named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week after the Mustangs edged Baltimore City rival Edmondson, 9-8, Friday night to finish the regular season 9-0.
When the Mustangs tied the scored at 8 with 2:47 left in the game, Nixon played a hunch and decided to send Donte Ramseur to kick the extra point, something not a lot of city teams do.
Ramseur punched it through the uprights and the clock ran out on Edmondson's final drive to complete the perfect season for Mervo with the Baltimore City Division I championship. With nine wins, the Mustangs matched their win total of the past two years combined and enjoyed their first winning season since 2008.
"We were resilient, and we finished Friday night," Nixon said in a statement. "We preach finishing in our program – finishing every drill and finishing every workout. We've been preparing to finish since we began preparing for the 2014 season last November with weight training and workouts. Our kids have been focused and dedicated themselves in the offseason, and it's that focus and attention to detail that have allowed us to get to this point."
Mervo started Friday's game with a safety in the first two minutes, but Edmondson took an 8-2 lead in the second quarter and it held up until Mervo quarterback Gavin Nicholson hit Khalil Williams with a 42-yard touchdown pass to tie.
The Mustangs had struggled with their kicking game and their holder was hurt, but senior Irvin Collins-Boykins handled the snap perfectly.
"We were going to fake it initially, because we didn't feel like we could kick, but I just had a hunch," Nixon said after the game. "I said, 'Things have been going well, these kids want it, Irvin said he can do it,' so I just gave him a shot. The kick was ugly but it was pretty at the same time."
The Mustangs will head into the playoffs as the second seed in Class 4A North and will host Paint Branch Friday night.
Nixon is the tenth and final Ravens Coach of the Week for 2014. He and the other winners will gather at the Ravens-Jacksonville Jaguars game at M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 14 when the Ravens name their High School Coach of the Year.
Previous winners include Bruce Strunk (Howard), 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).