The Baltimore Ravens have named South River football coach Steve Erxleben their first High School Coach of the Week recipient for the 2021 season. Not only did the Bayhawks come up with a 14-13 win over Westminster in their season opener, they overcame some serious adversity in the process.

A tornado, generated when Hurricane Ida past through the region last week, damaged South River’s stadium and rendered it unusable for the opening week contest. The Seahawks instead had to host the contest at Severna Park High School.

Junior quarterback Camrin Catterton staked South River to 14-0 lead with a pair of first half rushing touchdowns and hung on for the victory when Westminster missed the extra point following a potentially game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

“When the tornado hit our area, some people in our community lost their homes, so the least we could do was play for them,” Erxleben stated in the Ravens’ release. “In our program, we talk about making the next play. We can’t look behind – we must look forward. The kids have bought into that idea and believe no adversity can stop them. The resiliency, toughness and competitiveness our players showed last week is the mantra of a South River team.”

This victory marked the start of Erxleben’s second stint with the South River football team, which he also led from 2005-2010. In the interim, he also coached at the Seahawks’ Anne Arundel County rival Southern in Harwood, Md.