Spalding takes MIAA B crown

Cavs top Boys' Latin, 35-10, on coach's birthday



Archbishop Spalding football coach Mike Whittles celebrated his 52nd birthday last night in style as his Cavaliers ran Boys' Latin out of Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium, 35-10, to win the inaugural Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship game.

Spalding fans sang out "Happy Birthday" to Whittles as he celebrated with his team on the field. He said he didn't think he could "blow out 52 candles," but his Cavaliers blew out the Lakers in the second half to avenge a 20-10 regular-season loss and end a six-game losing streak to them.

"That was pretty nice of the fans to sing `Happy Birthday,' but I wonder how they found out it was my birthday," Whittles said.

At 10-1, the Cavaliers completed the greatest season in school history with their first football title by rushing for 125 yards in the third quarter, 202 in the second half and 351 for the game.

Matt Cassilly kicked two field goals - from 29 and 20 yards.

"We knew we could run on them, and at halftime we went over the blocks with our line and they got it done," said Mike Whittles, the coach's son.

"I almost forgot it was my dad's birthday because I was so pumped up for the game. But it just adds on to it, and it was great it was on his birthday."

Whittles ran for 94 yards on 17 carries, scoring two touchdowns and a two-point conversion. He also returned a fumble 56 yards to set up his second touchdown and held highly regarded receiver Brian Farrell of the Lakers (9-2) to two catches for 37 yards.

"They couldn't run on us and Mike took Farrell out of the game," said Cavs linebacker Jake Trantin.

Whittles is the eighth coach in Spalding's 22-year football history and owns three of the five winning seasons that the school has had. His three winning seasons have come in succession with the Cavaliers going 26-5 during that time.

Boys' Latin has played Spalding every year, except for the latter's inaugural season in 1984 and had come home a winner 17 times. Last night was only the fifth time the Cavs have beaten the Lakers.

"This is for every kid who ever played football at Spalding and went through the hard times," Whittles said.

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