Cavs rise in football



The Archbishop Spalding football program has had only four winning seasons and few big wins in its 22-year history. But Saturday's 14-13 victory at St. Paul's shows how far the program has come in three seasons under coach Mike Whittles.

Not only did it give the Cavaliers their fastest start in school history at 6-0, but it also came against their biggest rival and on the road. The game originally was to be played Friday at Spalding, but it was moved to the Crusaders' turf field because of the weekend rain.

St. Paul's had gone 13-3-1 against the Cavaliers since the latter's inaugural season in 1984. The two teams had not played since 2000, when St. Paul's took its third straight over Spalding after losing, 20-19, in 1997.

Before that loss in '97, the Crusaders had won nine in a row over the Cavaliers, shutting them out five times - including a 58-0 rout in 1995 - and outscoring them 333-29 during the streak.

"It was a huge win, no doubt about it," said Whittles, the Cavaliers' coach since 1999 "We've come a long way, and this season we have played better than I actually thought we would with only two returning starters on defense."

Cornerback A.J. Wineke and the coach's son, linebacker Mike Whittles, are the two returning defenders, and they have provided invaluable senior leadership and anchored what has become an excellent unit.

The Cavaliers' defense has yielded only 45 points in six games, and the offense, guided by senior quarterback Casey Amsler, has scored 201 points.

"This team is growing in confidence each week and that Nov. 11 championship game is our goal," said Coach Whittles, referring to the inaugural Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference final at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium. The North and South Division winners will play in the final.

Spalding leads the South Division with a 3-0 record.

One down, one to go

Old Mill's Ryan Callahan, the metro area's leading scorer with 86 points on 14 touchdowns (13 rushing) and a two-point conversion, broke the Anne Arundel County record for career touchdowns with two more in theNo. 3 Patriots' 21-6 victory in the rain at Chesapeake (1-4) Friday night.

Callahan brought his career total to 67, breaking the record of 65 set by Severn's Dennard Melton (1994-1997). In addition, Callahan ran for 202 yards on 25 attempts to bring his season rushing yardage to 827 and his career yardage to 4,027.

Hill gets first win

Her second career invitational yielded Kelsey Hill's first victory.

Hill, a freshman for the No. 2 Severna Park girls cross country team, took the lead from Arundel senior Marissa McPhail about halfway through the 3.2-mile Meade Autumn Classic at Blob's Park in Jessup on Friday and never looked back as she won in 19 minutes, 26.71 seconds.

"I was planning to get top five," said Hill, a competitive swimmer who was persuaded to join cross country by Elmer McPhail, Marissa's father and Kelsey Hill's former gym teacher at Severna Park Middle School. "But once I got up there [in the lead], I thought, `Wow, I can win this.' So I tried."

Sun reporter Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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