Within the first five minutes of the game, its leading rusher had more than 100 yards. Four possessions, four touchdowns. A halftime lead.
Just another day at the office for Mount St. Joseph.
The area's top-ranked team played its most impressive game of the season before a large homecoming crowd, routing Calvert Hall, 54-0, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.
The Gaels (5-0, 2-0), the defending conference co-champions, have won their first two league games by an 80-12 margin. And with Gilman, last year's co-champion, and Loyola, considered to be Mount St. Joseph's stiffest league competitors at a combined 0-8 mark, there aren't any immediate signs of the Gaels being slowed.
"We can be beat," said senior running back Archie Wannamaker. "Last year, we fought our way to the top, and for the first three games this season, everybody was coming at us because we're No. 1. This game, we went at them like we were on the bottom. We can't let No. 1 scare people, we just have to come out and play the game."
Wannamaker (5-feet-8, 170 pounds) tore through Calvert Hall (1-4, 0-1) for 273 yards and four touchdowns, part of 590 yards accumulated by the Mount St. Joseph offense, now averaging 42 points a game.
The Gaels' defense, now nearly as efficient as the offense, played its best game of the season, limiting the Cardinals to 42 yards in posting St. Joe's second shutout.
"I think their offense is stronger than their defense, but today, they put the whole package together against us," said Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl. "I thought we would be able to move the ball against them like we've been able to."
Last week, Calvert Hall played well against No. 2 Dunbar, before losing, 24-8.
But on the first play of the game Wannamaker went 63 yards on a sweep on the right side. Wannamaker scored from nine yards on the next play, 45 seconds into the game.
With 7:15 left in the quarter, Wannamaker ran 41 yards for a Gaels' first down, giving him 115 yards. Mount St. Joseph scored six plays later as Lucas Phillips (10 of 12, 198 yards) threw a quick 3-yard strike to Dan Rosewag.
On the next possession, Phillips found Rosewag (six receptions, 166 yards) on the right slot and he was able to turn around a Calvert Hall defender and sprinted 74 yards for another score.
"This is the game where we started putting things together, offensively and defensively," said Mount St. Joseph coach Mike Working, who's 13-1 since taking over last season.