Spalding rushes to record of 452 yards

Cavs' single-game high ranks 4th in county



October 11, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Fifth-ranked Archbishop Spalding rushed for a school-record 452 yards in its 48-6 rout of John Carroll last Friday. It is the fourth-highest rushing total in county history and ranks 11th in state history.

The county's highest single-game rushing total is the 577 by Chesapeake's single-wing in a 53-20 rout of South River in 2002. The 577 is second only in state records to the 594 by Stephen Decatur in 2004 against Cambridge-South Dorchester.

Jake Trantin (165 yards) and Justin Mullinex-Hughes (121 yards) combined for 286 of the Cavaliers' 452 rushing yards on just four carries each. Coach Mike Whittles credited his senior offensive line of tackles Kevin Egerton and Rob Mutschler and guards Sam Eckert and Joe McHale.

"It's an outstanding offensive line that has a lot of pride in what it does," said Whittles, whose Cavaliers are averaging 349.5 rushing yards a game, going over 300 yards fives times, including two over 400.

The No. 5 football ranking is the highest in the school's history.

Cavs soccer on roll

At 12-0, Spalding's top-ranked girls soccer team is also making noise.

With senior goalie Karen Blocker posting nine shutouts, the Cavaliers are ranked No. 3 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Bruins lose Mitchell

Broadneck's undefeated and fifth-ranked field hockey team lost one of its leading scorers in Lindsay Mitchell last week.

Mitchell, a good ice hockey player as well, left Broadneck for the North American Hockey Academy in Stowe, Vt. Mitchell, who was the only girl on the Broadneck club ice hockey team last year, will be taking classes and playing with girls from all over the country.

Upgrade at Old Mill

Since 1976, Old Mill High has been renting portable toilets for outdoor athletic events, which has cost thousands of dollars. Good news and savings are on the way, although the school is looking for help.

"We're planning to build a new team room [fieldhouse] with concessions and restrooms by June 1 of next year to be open by the start of the school year [2007-08]," said Tim McMullen, Old Mill boosters president and retired teacher-coach who had a major role in getting additions at Broadneck High as athletic director.

McMullen said it's going to cost $300,000 to build the team room. District 32 Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr., 1967 Annapolis Touchdown Club Rhodes Trophy winner as Anne Arundel's top football player when he played at Glen Burnie, has worked to get the state to commit to half the amount.

"We have to raise the other half through corporate donations and fundraisers," said McMullen. For more information on the Patriots' project, call athletic director Bruce Lawton at 410-969-9010 or McMullen at 410-987-5976.

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