Near-upset brings out Mount St. Joseph's best
A team with a 1-5 record nearly upsetting the area's top-ranked team is a story in itself.
But there were also several interesting subplots on Saturday, as No. 1 Calvert Hall escaped with a 7-3 victory over Mount St. Joseph in a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference game.
For instance, the 38-yard field goal with 3 minutes, 12 seconds left in the game that gave the Gaels a 3-0 lead was the first attempt for senior Vince Craig, who also plays on the soccer team.
"I just told him to take a deep breath, and he went out and kicked it," said first-year Mount St. Joseph coach Tim Perry. "What a baptism by fire."
The lead did not last long, however, as the Cardinals scored the game-winning touchdown less than a minute later.
"For one minute we had climbed to the top of the mountain,"
Perry said. "Then someone pulled the blinds shut and we slid back down."
The game was an emotional one for Perry, who had served as Calvert Hall coach Bill Mackley's assistant for nine years, including six seasons at John Carroll.
"It was a very hard week for me," Perry said. "When you stand across from people you have come to love and respect, it makes the game that much more meaningful. The greatest part was the hugs that were exchanged after the game."
Records, streaks, milestones
* No. 2 Wilde Lake's 28-0 win over Hammond on Saturday extended the area's longest winning streak to 20.
* Sparrows Point's 22-6 loss to Patapsco on Friday extended the area's longest losing streak to 19.
* Woodlawn's 20-10 upset of No. 13 Randallstown on Friday was its first victory over the Rams since 1983. Randallstown still leads the series, 14-5.
* No. 10 Severna Park intercepted a school-record seven passes against North County on Friday, but still lost, 28-20.
* Old Mill's Steve Oliver kicked his sixth field goal of the season -- a 32-yarder -- against Arundel on Saturday to break the Anne Arundel County record of five set by Arundel's Bryan Beauchemin in 1985.
A victory to whet the appetite
Archbishop Spalding coach Greg Fuhrman said his team's 13-12 win over Southwestern on Saturday -- which ended the Cavaliers' 27-game winless streak -- could do much for the program.
"We've always practiced well, but the kids never knew what was at the end because nobody in the program had ever won a game," said Fuhrman, a second-year coach and former assistant at Annapolis. "Now, they know what effort it takes. Now, they can taste victory."
Don't expect a cakewalk
Like Mount St. Joseph, McDonogh has just one victory in the MSA A Conference.
Records can be misleading, however.
Both teams have proven to be competitive in what may be the area's toughest conference. McDonogh gave No. 9 Poly a scare on Saturday, rallying from a 17-point deficit to lose, 23-19.
Mount St. Joseph nearly pulled off two upsets earlier this season, losing to No. 5 Loyola, 11-8, and to No. 14 Gilman, 14-6. McDonogh took No. 15 Cardinal Gibbons into overtime before losing, 23-20, and was even with Loyola after three quarters before falling, 26-14.
* Most TDs: 6 players had 3.
* Longest TD rushing: Bernard Fitchette, Overlea, 71 yards.
* Longest TD passing: Brian Van Deusen, Atholton, 70 yards to Brian Smith
* Longest kickoff return for a TD: Brian Yanick, South Carroll, 95 yards.
* Longest punt return for a TD: Erik Gray, Poly, 86 yards.
* Longest interception return for a TD: Dwayne Stukes, McDonogh, 90 yards.
* Longest fumble recovery and return for a TD: Dan Coleman, Lansdowne, 70 yards.
* Longest field goal: Vince Craig, Mount St. Joseph, 38 yards.
* Paul Banks, Dunbar, 18 carries, 196 yards, 2 TDs.
* Ben Strutt, St. Paul's, 16 carries, 188 yards, 2 TDs.
* Daryl Ray, Eastern Vo-Tech, 25 carries, 181 yards, 3 TDs.
* Eric Howard, North County, 14-for-36, 242 yards, 4 TDs.
* Brian Van Deusen, Atholton, 12-for-23, 216 yards, 4 TDs.
* Tim Burke, Towson, 9-for-11, 213 yards, 1 TDs.
* Damon Martin, North County, 10 catches, 150 yards, 3 TDs.
* Mike Graebner, Towson, 6 catches, 144 yards, 1 TD.
* Brian Smith, Atholton, 6 catches, 142 yards, 3 TDs.
Note: Top performances are based on statistics reported to The Sun.