Mount Hebron's Zacharias named Ravens' Coach of the Week

September 26, 2012|By Katherine Dunn

Mount Hebron football coach Phil Zacharias has been named Ravens' High School Coach of the Week after leading the No. 11 Vikings to a 4-0 start – a win total that matches the past two seasons combined.

Zacharais, a former Ravens and Maryland Terrapins assistant coach, is in his first season as head coach after two as the Vikings' defensive coordinator. Friday, his Vikings defeated next-door neighbor Marriotts Ridge, 28-16, but they also have impressive wins over Reservoir (26-13) and Wilde Lake (41-6).

The Vikings are in first-place in the Class 3A East regional playoff standings, just ahead of Howard County powerhouse River Hill, their opponent on Oct. 5. They last qualified for the playoffs in 2003.

“We have some older kids on the team who have been in the program for a few years now,” Zacharias said in a news release. “We had a really good offseason, and it’s all starting to come together. The kids just needed some momentum to get them going.”

The Vikings, who haven’t had a winning season since 2004, scored more points in their first three games than they did all of last season.

Zacharias is the second Ravens Coach of the Week selected this season, joining fellow Howard County coach Kyle Schmitt, of Atholton.

This is the 16th year for the Ravens’ Coach of the Week award. Each week a different high school coach will be honored with a $2,000 donation to his school’s football program, a certificate and a Coach of the Week hat. Each weekly winner also will be featured in a ComcastSportNet segment.

All of the winners will be invited to the Ravens' Dec. 16 home game against the Denver Broncos, where the Ravens' High School Coach of the Year will be named.

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