Perry Hall avenges '91 loss, slips past Calvert Hall, 30-28

September 06, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

The memory of last year's opener with Calvert Hall was vivid in the mind of Perry Hall's Mandel Marsh yesterday as his team readied for the rematch.

The running back remembered his subpar performance, his team's missed opportunities and, most importantly, his team's loss by nine points.

But after yesterday's game, Marsh had good memories.

The 5-foot-8 junior rushed 15 times for 191 yards, leading the unranked Gators to a 30-28 win over host and No. 11 Calvert Hall in yesterday's season opener for both teams.

Marsh scored on touchdown runs of 61 and 66 yards, and along with fullback Mark Franklin (140 yards on 15 carries), kept the Cardinals (0-1) on the defensive for most of the afternoon.

"That was nice revenge," said Marsh. "Last year I didn't have a real good game, so I knew I had to really take it to them this year. Our goal was just to push it up the middle."

But when the Gators weren't pushing, they were pitching. They ran the option seven times for an average gain of over 24 yards. Though they picked their spots to run the play, when they did they seemed to move the ball at will.

"We were trying to utilize our speed," said Perry Hall coach Joe Stoy. "We're a lot faster this year. We can get outside and turn the corner."

Although the Gators (1-0) were able to build a 23-6 lead early in the second half -- and extend it to 30-14 early in the fourth quarter -- Calvert Hall stormed back.

Behind the running of junior Kevin Tyler (31 carries for 109 yards) rTC the Cardinals put together a pair of fourth-quarter drives that resulted in touchdowns. The second came with just 56 seconds left, on a five-yard run by tailback Adam Roberts, and gave the Cardinals a chance to tie the game with a two-point conversion.

On the attempt, however, Tyler was stopped inches from the goal line, and Calvert Hall failed on its ensuing attempt at an

onside kick.

Cardinals coach Bill Mackley, though pleased with his team's comeback, was upset at its inability to stop the option.

"We scrimmaged three teams that run the option, so there's no question we were ready," he said. "This is just a very, very young football team, and we had a lot of missed assignments. Perry Hall is also a much quicker team than last year. They're 100 percent faster."

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