Showdown arrives as Calvert Hall and Gilman square off

No. 3 Cardinals are up, but they haven't downed No. 1 Greyhounds since '91

Football

High Schools

October 19, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Calvert Hall's Matt Janowski rolled out of bed nearly every day this week, "thinking, hoping it would be Saturday," only to be disappointed. Today, however, he's overjoyed.

It's the day he and the third-ranked Cardinals (7-0 overall, 2-0 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) play host to No. 1-ranked Gilman (6-0, 2-0).

Four-time defending champion Gilman also is ranked No. 1 in the state by the Associated Press, and No. 16 nationally by USA Today. Calvert Hall is ranked No. 8 by the Associated Press.

"Any time you get an opportunity to have a shot at a championship, it's going to be exciting," said Janowski, a 6-foot-4, 305-pound offensive lineman.

A victory would be only Calvert Hall's fifth over Gilman since 1981. Calvert Hall last beat Gilman, 10-6, in 1991.

"It's a game between two high-powered offenses. Some people are calling this the biggest game in the state," said Calvert Hall quarterback Andrew Goldbeck. "It's for the championship, and I think everyone feels that way."

Janowski is among a solid corps of Calvert Hall linemen who average nearly 240 pounds on each side of the ball. The Cardinals' offensive line has to contain Gilman's 6-5 defensive ends Victor Abiamiri and Luke Wilson, in addition to linebacker Nate Hummel.

"It's going to come down to the trenches: Our D-line vs. their O-line," Abiamiri said. "And whoever wins the line of scrimmage is going to probably win the game."

Devon Douglass (6-3, 270) leads the Cardinals' defensive front in its 4-4 - one that will have a massive weight advantage over a Gilman offensive line whose average size is 6-foot, 210 pounds.

But that Gilman group, including Tap Kolkin and Drum Rice, has used smarts and quickness to outwit opposing linemen in creating holes through which fleet-footed quarterback Ambrose Wooden has escaped. Should Wooden run into trouble, however, he can rely on talented receiver Anthony Triplin or running back Jerry Jones.

"Gilman has no weaknesses," said Calvert Hall coach Jay Robinson, whose counterpart, Biff Poggi, says the same of Robinson's team.

"I've watched Goldbeck on tape and he's awesome," Poggi said. "In their backfield, they have what I call changeup running backs: Marques Thompson is a cut-back, make-you-miss type of runner, and Nick Williams is a fantastic athlete with deceptive speed."

Goldbeck has two skilled receivers in Lamar Williams and Dan Spriggs. Each team has a soccer-playing kicker - Gilman's Z. Ross Fragapane and Calvert Hall's Ben Pardew.

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