Today's game

November 27, 1997|By Lem Satterfield

No. 2 Calvert Hall (8-1) vs.

No. 1 Loyola (8-1)

When: Today, 10 a.m.

Site: Memorial Stadium

Outlook: It's a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2 for the first time in the history of this 78th annual contest, a series Loyola leads, 39-30-8, and has dominated for the past eight years. The Dons' Blake Henry has fired the first volley. "Our mentality is, 'You know we're going to run, but you can't stop us,'" said the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Northwestern-bound lineman. "Our defense has knocked out two quarterbacks and one running back this season, and we come in knowing we can defend every offense, && so don't even try it." Calvert Hall (2-1 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) is trying to tie for the conference crown with the Dons (3-0), but it has to make Loyola's defense, anchored by LB Keon Burley and LB Pat Brannan, respect the powerful running game of RB Chad Parsons (5-8, 215) and RB Greg Smoot (6-33, 220). If that doesn't happen, Cardinals' QB Jason Bungori and WR Troy Brown and WR Avon Mack will be critical. Offensively, Loyola is led by QB DTC Brant Hall, The Sun's All-City/County Offensive Player of the Year, and RB Kyle Bell, who follows blockers well. But the Cardinals' defense is formidable with DT Loui Georgalas, The Sun's Defensive Player of the Year, and DL Allen Maszarose. Loyola averages 27 points and allows nine per game. Calvert Hall has out-scored its opponents on average by 31-10.

Pub Date: 11/27/97

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