Trantan leads Spalding rout

Maryland hopeful scores three touchdowns, rushes for 150 yards against St. Paul's

Archbishop Spalding 41 St. Paul's 0


October 21, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporter

Jake Trantan appeared to display all of the skills necessary to secure a Division I football scholarship during fifth-ranked Archbishop Spalding's 41-0 rout yesterday at Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference rival St. Paul's.

During scoring runs of 39 and 64 yards, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound running back left defenders far behind in their vain attempts to keep up. The same could be said of his heads-up play in the third quarter, when Trantan scooped up a fumble off one bounce and raced 65 yards, all alone, for another touchdown.

And when Trantan wasn't using his 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash to leave players in the dust, he was dragging defenders along or chasing down smaller, shiftier Crusaders running backs for losses totaling 10 yards.

Trantan rushed for 150 yards for the defending league champion Cavaliers (8-0), raising his season rushing totals to 909 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"I'm told [by recruiters] that I need more aggression, to work on speed," said Trantan, who bench-presses 300 pounds, has a 1,470 SAT score and maintains a B average. "No one from our school has ever gotten into a big football school. I want to do it to set an example for my teammates. I want to go to Maryland, if that works out. I'm working as hard as I can. If a scholarship happens, it happens. If not, then I gave it my all."

Trantan said the Terps invited him to today's home game against North Carolina State, but his coach said no scholarship has been offered.

"Maryland's talking to him, but nothing's really been put out there," Spalding coach Mike Whittles said. "Delaware's communicated with him. Holy Cross is another. Other than that, not a whole lot. Towson, Richmond, James Madison, I don't know why the schools close by aren't calling. The kid is the complete package."

The Cavaliers of the conference's South Division have outscored their past six opponents 221-9, with four shutouts, and could surpass last year's school-best 10-1 record.

Also playing well for the Cavaliers were Brian Rutland, who had a rushing touchdown and an interception; Nate Myers, who made four extra-point kicks and field goals from 27 and 30 yards; Evan Hockle, who rushed for a touchdown; and Sean Hatley, who ran for 75 of the team's 360 rushing yards.

St. Paul's fell to 5-3.

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