McDonogh prevails, 7-6

Defenders Cox, Cooper put clamps on Calvert Hall QB Robinson


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McDonogh defensive linemen Kelly Cox and Tom Cooper had one thing on their minds entering last night's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game against 13th-ranked Calvert Hall: stop quarterback Andrew Robinson.

The two players did their jobs effectively enough to help secure a 7-6 victory, combining for three sacks, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble in a hard-fought game at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.

Bound for Syracuse on a full football scholarship, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Robinson is bigger than Cox and the same size as Cooper. But the combined play of Cox and Cooper, including countless hurries, led a defensive effort that contained Robinson (9-for-20, 79 passing yards).

Robinson was effective when flushed from the pocket, covering 70 yards on 11 carries, but was forced to do so far too often.

"We knew they were going to run draw, so we just tackled the big boy [Dan Zentz]. When they were passing, we got up in there and got the sack," said Cox, also crediting the linebacker play of Kyle O'Brien and defensive linemen Jordan Davenport and Jordan Reveley.

"We tried to keep [Robinson] in the pocket, but he's a good scrambler and was able to run around a lot," said Cooper, who is 6-3, 220 to Cox's 6-1, 217. "[Robinson's] a great quarterback, so we tried to get as much pressure on him as we could to throw him off so he wouldn't be able to pick us apart downfield."

The fourth-ranked Eagles (3-1 overall, 2-0 league) went up 7-0 midway through the first quarter after Bryn Holmes (27 carries, 107 yards) capped an 80-yard drive with his 2-yard scoring run. O'Brien booted the extra point. McDonogh quarterback Tim Brandau was 10-for-18 passing for 84 yards.

Calvert Hall's Zentz twice missed first-quarter field goals of nearly 40 yards, once with the game still scoreless. Zentz also shanked a second-quarter extra point after Robinson's 5-yard scoring pass to Jesse Tomczak made it 7-6 with 8:31 left in the first half.

Calvert Hall (2-2, 0-1) had a number of defensive stars, led by Chris Eline (three sacks), Evan Williams (one interception, one fumble recovery), Stafford Oliver (one sack) and Scott Foreman (fumble recovery).

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