North Harford coach Ken Brinkman has been named the Baltimore Ravens’ High School Coach of the Week for the second week of the 2010 NFL season.
Brinkman led the No. 6 Hawks to a thrilling come-from-behind victory over undefeated Fallston Friday night. Down by one with roughly 40 seconds remaining, he opted to attempt the go-ahead two-point conversion.
His decision proved to be a risk worth taking, as his team – now a perfect 6-0 – held on to defeat its Harford County rival, 36-35.
“It was just amazing,” Brinkman admitted. “We were on the road, so it was an even bigger win for us. It’s a big rivalry because a lot of these kids grew up playing on the same rec league teams.”
Down 21-7 in the first half, North Harford rallied to score 21 consecutive points, taking a 28-21 lead in the third quarter. But Fallston answered with a 14-point rally of its own. With just 2:37 remaining in regulation, the Hawks trailed, 35-28.
Brinkman saw no need to panic.
On his team’s next possession – with only 47 seconds on the clock – senior running back Brandon Bayer found the end zone from four yards out, putting North Harford within one. Rather than tying the game with an extra point and relying on his defense to force overtime, Brinkman made the gutsy call to go for the win.
“The way Brandon had been running the ball in the second half – he was just running with a mission,” Brinkman stated. “I thought I could put it on his shoulders.”
Bayer, who ended the game with 127 rushing yards and three touchdowns, solidified his coach’s decision, as he ran the ball in for the successful conversion and put the team up 36-35.
North Harford’s defense then took the field with 40 seconds remaining. Senior defensive back Nate Brockmeyer intercepted Fallston quarterback Grant Kelly on Fallston’s first play to secure the win.
Each week during the season, the Ravens honor a high school coach who has made a significant impact on his athletes. Each recipient receives a $2,000 donation to the school’s football program, a certificate signed by Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh and a specially-designed Coach of the Week hat.
Each winner will be present at the Ravens vs. Saints home game on Dec. 19 for the naming of the Ravens’ High School Coach of the Year.