No. 2 Calvert Hall pushes City around, 33-6 Cardinals lead 20-0 at half, as both lines dominate

September 19, 1998|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl had a simple answer when he was asked yesterday about his team's success over City the past few seasons: "It usually rains, and they don't like to play in the rain. I [even] brought my raincoat to jinx them, but I didn't put it on."

Eckerl would have looked strange with the coat on under a warm sun. But then, rain probably looked attractive to City.

The visiting, No. 2-ranked Cardinals (3-0) dominated the No. 8 Knights (2-1) in resounding fashion, 33-6, in a non-league matchup.

That result meant Calvert Hall has now won the last three meetings of the teams, counting a 20-14 margin in 1996 and 21-18 last fall.

Behind its offensive line's near flawless performance, Calvert Hall racked up 407 yards -- 315 rushing -- against the Knights defense.

Four Cardinals rushed for at least 40 yards. Senior halfback Chad Parsons led the barrage with 60 yards and two touchdowns, including a 26-yard dash up the middle with 35 seconds remaining in the opening half. That score put Calvert Hall comfortably ahead, 20-0.

The front of Louis Lombardo, Matt Gorius, Thomas Epps, Paul and Brad Buser, Al Maszarose, Chris VanSwol, Tim Kenny and Frederick Taber established its presence early and often on both sides of the line.

"We knew that they had speed, but we concentrated on getting off the ball, staying low, and hitting them hard," said Gorius, an offensive guard and defensive end. "It was smash-mouth football, and it worked."

Call it smash-mouth football 101.

The Cardinals controlled the clock, running 65 plays to City's 42, including three scoring possessions that consumed, respectively, 10, eight and nine plays.

The Knights' only scoring drive lasted only three plays, with Penn State-bound receiver Bryant Johnson getting free for a 64-yard touchdown on a pass from Jawan Yancey. Johnson had three catches for 107 yards on the day.

The play was one of the few times Calvert Hall wasn't applying pressure in the Knights' backfield. Outside of the scoring drive, the Knights managed only 82 yards.

"We were physically dominated today," said City coach George Petrides. "Both lines had their way with us. We don't have the size and physical toughness of some of the linemen in the past, but this is one of Calvert Hall's best teams."

The Cardinals needed only the game's first 1: 49 to score. Parsons went in on a 1-yard run, completing a six-play, 71-yard drive off the kickoff.

Pub Date: 9/19/98

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