Calvert Hall rolls, 24-7

Georgetown Prep loses 2nd straight in MIAA


High Schools


Calvert Hall's Dan Zentz was a tearful mess after last week's one-point loss to league rival McDonogh. Having twice missed field goals, along with an extra point, the sophomore said he "thought I blew the game for us."

Yesterday's 24-7 rout of visiting Georgetown Prep was a different story for Zentz, who rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown, made a 25-yard field goal and kicked three extra points.

The victory, over a team ranked No. 19 in The Washington Post, raised the Cardinals' record to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference and more than made up for last week's miscues.

"I realize that I'm young, that I have a lot of football left ahead of me," said Zentz, a 5-foot-9, 185-pounder, standing in the rain after the game. "Some of my teammates took me aside and told me to lighten up on myself."

One of those players was Syracuse-bound quarterback Andrew Robinson, a 6-3, 220-pound senior who rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown and passed for 88 yards and a 10-yard score to Cory Baldwin. Calvert Hall's Charles Saylor rushed for 80 yards in his first appearance as a running back.

Seeking tougher competition, the Little Hoyas (3-2, 0-2) vacated the Washington area's Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which they have dominated for years.

The Little Hoyas were unbeaten entering their last game, on Sept. 24, when they lost, 20-14, in overtime to No. 1-ranked Gilman, the defending MIAA A Conference champion and the state's top-ranked team.

Gilman coach Biff Poggi had called that a "scary, scary game." Poggi was on hand yesterday to scout the Cardinals and expressed similar fear in regard to playing host to them Friday afternoon.

"I wasn't sure Prep would lose again," said Poggi, who watched from the stands. "But Calvert Hall's beating them [badly.]"

Linebackers Adam Sellers and Andrew Kibler, as well as 245-pound defensive linemen Stafford Oliver and Mike Smith, keyed an effort that limited the Little Hoyas to 66 total yards in the first half and 200 for the game.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, had built a 14-0 lead by the intermission. In the first half, Calvert Hall generated 200 of its 314 offensive yards behind linemen Matt Borzymowski, Corey Richardson, Mike Morris, Jesse Tomczak, Russ Tabler, and Mike Givens.

Calvert Hall led 7-0 with 3:48 left in the first quarter after Robinson ended his 18-yard scoring run by leaping over a Georgetown Prep lineman at the goal line. Robinson's move ended a nine-play, 90-yard drive.

"That set the tone," Robinson said. "From then on, it just seemed like our offensive line kept knocking people off the ball, and our skill position players continued to make big plays."

Zentz then made it 14-0 early in the second quarter, ending a six-play, 40-yard drive. The march began after Sellers had dropped a Georgetown Prep running back for a loss on fourth-and-one.

Others performing well defensively were Evan Williams, with two interceptions and a forced fumble, and Dave Harig, who recovered a fumble and had an interception.

"We came out and proved that we're right up there with some of the best teams in the state," said Robinson, adding, "no matter what anyone's rankings say."

Georgetown Prep scored with 54 seconds left on a Sean Donoghue 40-yard pass to Chase Williams.

GP 0 0 0 7 - 7

CH 7 7 3 7 - 24

CH-Robinson 18 run (Zentz kick) CH-Zentz 1 run (Zentz kick) CH-FG Zentz 25 CH-Baldwin 10 pass from Robinson (Zentz kick) GP-Williams 40 pass from Donoghue (Dobyns kick)

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