Bouncing back, No. 3 Calvert Hall beats Boys' Latin

After Gilman loss, Cards pound No. 10 Lakers, 41-0

Football

High Schools

October 27, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

A teenager can vent frustration in many positive ways. Calvert Hall defensive back Matt Eckerl decided upon pummeling a nonleague football rival.

Eckerl broke up several passes and made some vicious hits yesterday as the No. 3 Cardinals - still smarting from last week's seven-point loss to No. 1 Gilman - routed No. 10 Boys' Latin, 41-0, on a muddy field before a crowd of 1,500 at Calvert Hall's Paul Angelo Russo Stadium.

"We needed to prove ourselves after that loss, and today we did that," said Eckerl, his uniform caked in mud. "We're still mad."

In the first half alone, after which Calvert Hall (7-1) led 19-0, Marques Thompson scored twice and rushed for 151 of his 179 yards. Calvert Hall's other first-half score, a 3-yard run by quarterback Andrew Goldbeck (7-for-12, 147 yards), ended an eight-play, 65-yard drive early in the second quarter.

The Cardinals were ahead 27-0 less than two minutes into the third quarter as Thompson's conversion run followed a 54-yard scoring reception by Dan Spriggs. Spriggs caught the ball behind his defender 10 yards from the line of scrimmage and was all alone for the final 44 yards.

"It was supposed to be [caught] in the flat, but the cornerback jumped in," said Spriggs, who had four receptions for 93 yards. "So I turned it into a fade."

Boys' Latin (6-1) trailed 34-0 midway through the third quarter after Anthony Miele's 20-yard interception return to the Lakers' 25-yard line set up Calvert Hall's ensuing score. That came on the next play - a reverse to receiver Lamar Williams.

A 12-yard run by Arnell Cozart concluded the scoring against a Lakers defense worn down by offensive linemen Matt Janowski (6 feet 4, 305 pounds), Jon Rosenberger (6-4, 260), Zack Greaver (6-1, 235), Rhett Myers (6-1, 225), Mick Soule and Josh Nohe.

Thompson thrived in the quagmire, gaining most of Calvert Hall's 265 ground yards by darting past, stutter-stepping around or plowing through defenders.

"My mentality is to not go down with the first hit, so teams have to gang-tackle me," Thompson said. "After beating the first defender, the field worked to my advantage."

Calvert Hall's pass defense continues to be among the area's best: Nick Williams had several pass breakups, Jason Jones had a sack and Miele, Bobby Cremen, Carl Grund and Josh Ward had interceptions.

"The field conditions were ridiculous," Nick Williams said. "But it's the last home game for us seniors. I was pumped."

Lakers quarterback Pat Mahoney had 63 of his 96 passing yards in the second half - mostly to 6-4 Evan Burns (seven receptions, 63 yards) - and was part of an offense that crossed midfield just twice. Mahoney, whose offense netted 6 rushing yards, lacked receiver Trey Sheain, who should return next weekend from minor injuries suffered in a recent car accident.

"[Sheain's absence] wasn't as much a factor as Marques Thompson," said Lakers two-way lineman Paul Marchese. "He beat us by himself."

No. 5 Broadneck 21, Southern-Harwood 18: Tommy O'Neil capped a 14-play, 80-yard drive with his third touchdown of the game, an 8-yard run with 1:01 remaining that gave the Bruins (7-1) a pulsating victory over the Bulldogs (5-3) in Cape St. Claire.

Quarterback Fred Steinmark led the game-winning drive that lasted less than two minutes. He completed six of 12 passes for 73 yards, including two on third-and-long situations that produced first downs.

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