Sting Blocks Rams, Wins 3-2

    It was a defensive mêlée concluding with an unlikely football score, making the victory go down that much smoother.  The Maryland Sting came out on top in the 3-2 matchup versus the previously undefeated Montgomery County Rams Saturday.    

     Both teams defenses were flat-out stingy, neither willing to give up any points.  “It was a great, physical game. We grinded, they grinded. We grinded, they grinded.  This was the most mental and emotional filled game that I have ever been a part of in my life,” said Sting’s head coach Bryan Milburn. 

     So much so that after the game, “While I am hugging and crying in my girl’s shoulders, I get the Gatorade bucket,” Milburn noted.  

     Crying in football?  This battle was ripe enough to bring any man or woman to tears.  Emotions were up and down both on and off the bench.  And like any great defensive battle, it came with all the fixings.  There were blocked field goals, bad snaps, fumbles- missed opportunities. Plus a safety with just over two minutes left that gave the Rams the 2-0 lead. 

     Did I mention pressure?  Scoreless for 58 minutes and the Rams get to do their safety dance?  That is how this game rolled.  Rams two, Sting zero.   

     The Sting responded in kind.  Or so they started to anyway.  They put together a “sweet” drive looking to put some points on the board.  The Rams had other intentions.  On 3 & 3 at the Rams 20-yard line, QB Jamal Frazier rolled back and gets taken down by the Rams. 

   This put the game in Sting’s kicker Chris Roberts boot.  Roberts lined it up at the 57-yard line and missed the strike by inches.  Fortunately for the Sting, the Rams couldn’t keep their defenders off Roberts.  So a roughing the kicker penalty resulted and a 15-yard penalty was assessed. 

     The Sting catches a break and Roberts makes good, advantage goes to the Sting 3-2.  “Chris [Roberts] does what Chris does.  He is ice cold, he has no nerves.  It was just amazing,” said Milburn.  So Roberts has the Sting sitting (sort of) pretty with a 3-2 lead.  But the Rams won’t go away. And Roberts isn’t done yet either.   

     On the ensuing kickoff, Roberts mans up once again making a crucial tackle to protect his territory.  However, the Sting is penalized for a face-mask call giving the Rams some new life. They end up with a field-goal attempt at the Sting’s 20.  After a bad snap, the boys in burgundy block the Rams second field goal of the day.  Rams denied.  Sting wins 3-2.      

     The Sting’s tumultuous defense soared to new heights and defensive coordinator, Joe Taylor confirmed it, courtesy of game film.  “The guys made me proud. They flew around and made plays. Never folded when adversity hit. They played as a team on Saturday.”  

    For Carl King, this was an especially uplifting game, “[It] was special because the Rams are the team that I started my minor league football career with and we won in dramatic fashion.”

     I”ll say.  The Sting came away with a W and the dog in their fight just grew stronger.

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Time To Evaluate The Sting

    The Maryland Sting kicks off their season (sort of) Sunday with some preseason action.  They will be facing the Baltimore Broncos at Mt. Pleasant Park on Perring Parkway at 1 p.m.

     Head coach Bryan Milburn said the game is all about gaging the depth chart.  Every player will get some reps.  Incidentally, the Sting and Broncos met up in preseason last year (and the Sting took it by two scores to none).

     Bring it fellas, if you are looking to have a starting role. (Below are some shots from Wednesday’s practice)

Ravens Training Camp Schedule, Woo-hoo!

It is on, Ravens fans…

As many of you countdown the days, get your calendars out and start planning when you can get to McDaniel College to see our boys in purple in action.  From Coach Harbaugh:

“Our time at McDaniel College is very important to our development as a team. We’ll work hard up there, and the fans will be right there to see it. The crowds are impressive, and it’s as close as we can get with Ravens fans. We’re looking forward to getting back there.”

So are we Coach!

  • The first full-squad practices open to the public are scheduled for Friday, July 31, at 8:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • The Ravens have scheduled 41 practices over their 26-day camp. Sessions are open to the public, except on July 30 (administrative day), Aug. 12 (pre-game walk-through), afternoon on Aug. 21 and Aug. 23 (pre-game walk-through/camp breaks).
  • Monday, Aug. 10, the Ravens will hold their annual Suite Holders and Sponsors Day during the morning session. This practice is closed to the general public, but remains open to media.

Baltimore opens the preseason hosting two games at M&T Bank Stadium, the first against Washington on Thursday, Aug. 13, and the second against former defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and the New York Jets on Monday, Aug. 24.

The Ravens then travel to Carolina for a Saturday matchup against the Panthers (Aug. 29), before wrapping up the preseason at Atlanta on Thursday, Sept. 3, against the Falcons.

All four of the Ravens preseason games will be telecast on WBAL-TV, including a simulcast with ESPN for the Monday Night Football game against the Jets on Aug. 24. All Ravens games can be heard on WBAL-AM and 98 Rock.

After completing an 11-5 regular season, the Ravens won a Wild Card battle at Miami and a Division contest at Tennessee before falling to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Steelers in the AFC Championship.

Over the final 11 games of the season, the Ravens posted a 9-2 mark after starting 2-3. Baltimore set an NFL record for most wins by a team with both a rookie head coach (John Harbaugh) and rookie QB (Joe Flacco).

The Ravens finished one game behind Pittsburgh (12-4) in the division, with impressive victories coming at Miami (27-13), at Houston (41-13), over the Eagles (36-7) and at Dallas (33-24) in the last game played at Texas Stadium.

The Ravens, who played 18 consecutive weeks because of the loss of their bye (rescheduled due to Hurricane Ike), won at Miami (27-9) in the Wild Card game and beat the Titans in the Divisional contest at Nashville (13-10). Baltimore then fell at Pittsburgh in the AFC title game (23-14).

The 2009 Baltimore Ravens regular season schedule includes three nationally-televised, prime-time games, including a Sunday night special against the Super Bowl champion Steelers. The Ravens/Steelers matchup will be played at M&T Bank Stadium on Nov. 29 at 8:20 p.m.

Baltimore will also play Monday night contests at the Cleveland Browns (Nov. 16) and at the Green Bay Packers (Dec. 7).

From Ravens Press Release