Archbishop Spalding coach Kyle Schmitt was named the Ravens High School Football Coach of the Week after the Cavaliers won big on the opening day of MIAA A Conference play.
Schmitt, in his fourth season with the Cavaliers, guided them to a 63-24 win over previously unbeaten Loyola in last week's Ravens RISE Showdown. Leading 28-24, the Cavaliers reeled off 35 unanswered points in a little over 12 minutes to beat the Dons for the sixth time in seven years.
Quarterback Evan Fochtman had a hand in six touchdowns, passing for four and rushing for two. He threw for 290 yards and ran for 149. Receiver Larry Brown caught three passes -- all for touchdowns -- for 130 yards.
Cornerback Brevin Easton had two interceptions, including one that led to a Fochtman-to-Brown touchdown to start the 35-point run. Later he returned one 30 yards for a touchdown. Defensive end Chris Ford had four sacks.
“We were able to rip off some explosive plays in the fourth quarter,” Schmitt said in a news release. “The interception by Brevin was a huge turning point in the game, and we were able to score quickly afterwards. With our senior quarterback and more playmakers on both sides of the ball, we have the ability to score from anywhere on offense, and our ability to create turnovers defensively has been game-changing for us.”
Schmitt received a $2,000 donation to the Spalding athletics department and an award from Ravens' coach John Harbaugh.
All 10 Coach of the Week winners will be on hand at the Ravens game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles at M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 18 when one of them will be named the Ravens High School Coach of the Year.
Previous weekly winners are Carlos Dunmoodie, Centennial; Matt Miller, Winters Mill; Ray Wright, Randallstown; and Justin Payne, Parkville.