One of smallest players helps Calvert Hall spring big upset

5-foot-8 Eckerl sparkles on offense, defense as Cards KO No. 10 Gaels

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October 08, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Matt Eckerl said he has never experienced being as much of a factor in a big game as he was in host Calvert Hall's 25-21 upset of No. 10 Mount St. Joseph on Saturday.

The 5-foot-8, 160-pound junior running back-defensive back, one of his team's smallest players, rushed for one touchdown and had an interception while teaming with Vince Delaney in the Cardinals' two-deep zone, according to Calvert Hall coach Jay Robinson.

The 6-0, 185-pound Delaney and Eckerl "did a lot," Robinson said, to contain what is perhaps the area's most potent passing attack in quarterback Nick Tannis, Maryland-bound receiver Pascal Abiamiri and versatile scoring threats Keon Lattimore and J.J. Outlaw.

The Cardinals improved to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference. Mount St. Joseph dropped to 4-3, 0-2.

Another key to the victory, said Robinson, was the Cardinals' offensive line, anchored by Blake McCoy, Tom Rasinski, Matt Janowski, Matt Stangroom, Zack Greaver, Rhett Myers and John Rosenberger.

"We felt like we could run the ball on them, and we did," Robinson said.

After a scoreless first period, quarterback Andrew Goldbeck's 10-yard scoring pass to Matt Buschman was followed by Jimmy Anastasia's extra point to spark a 22-point second quarter for the Cardinals. Eckerl made it 14-0, scoring Calvert Hall's second touchdown from 22 yards.

Lattimore's 11-yard run made it 14-7, but the Cardinals led 22-7 at the half after Marcus Thompson's 8-yard scoring run and subsequent conversion run.

Outlaw's 12-yard run, followed by his two-point conversion run, brought the Gaels within 22-15. But Anastasia's 25-yard field goal stretched the lead to 25-15 before Lattimore scored the Gaels' final touchdown on a 45-yard pass from Tannis.

"It was difficult, but our coaches prepared us well," Eckerl said. "They had our whole defense so that we wouldn't be in position to be one-on-one with them. We played an over-and-under zone, and that put a lot of pressure on their quarterback to put the ball on the money."

Mustangs march to upset

Against one of the area's best defenses, unranked Meade (4-1) built an 18-point, second-quarter lead in a 24-12 upset at third-ranked Broadneck (4-1) in Anne Arundel County league action on Saturday.

Terrence McKnight scored twice on first-period runs of 3 and 6 yards, and Rodney Jackson's 100-yard interception return put the Mustangs up by three touchdowns. The Bruins were within 18-6 at halftime, but a 48-yard run by Terrence Evans (nine carries, 79 yards) in the third period made it 24-6.

Broadneck quarterback Fred Steinmark rushed for one touchdown and threw a 37-yard score to Anthony Hawkins.

Gilman falls short

Second-ranked Gilman came within three points of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep on Saturday, dropping an 18-15 decision to the team that is ranked No. 11 nationally by USA Today.

The Greyhounds led 7-0, getting Malcom Ruff's 3-yard run on their first series of the game. But Poly Prep (4-0) scored 18 unanswered points before Gilman quarterback Ambrose Wooden scored a touchdown from 10 yards, along with a two-point conversion run with one minute left.

The Greyhounds (3-3) tried an onside kick, but after Napoleon Sykes made an apparent grab, officials ruled he was out of bounds. Poly Prep regained possession and ran out the remaining time on the clock.

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