Spalding repeats in MIAA `B'

Unbeaten Cavaliers defeat Cardinal Gibbons in championship game

Spalding 19 Gibbons 7

November 11, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Nate Myers started kicking for Archbishop Spalding's football team just a few months ago after deciding to forgo his senior year of soccer.

Last night, at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium, Myers kicked two key field goals to enable the No. 5 Cavaliers to defeat Cardinal Gibbons, 19-7, for a repeat Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title.

Myers' first field goal, from 38 yards, gave the Cavaliers (11-0) a 9-7 lead at the half, a lead they never relinquished.

Gibbons coach Donald Davis attempted to freeze Myers on the kick by calling three consecutive timeouts with a second left on the clock.

Finally, Myers got ready for the third time and booted it through.

"I'm un-iceable," Myers said with a laugh after kicking his fifth and sixth field goals of the season. He has 47 extra-point kicks.

"That's a first. I've never called three straight timeouts like that," Davis said. "It wasn't so much to ice him, but my guys were tired."

The Cavaliers scored first on Kevin Moran's 17-yard touchdown pass to Pat Mangum in the first quarter. Moran's two-point conversion pass failed.

The Crusaders (9-3) answered in the second quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run by Kiero Small and Barry Nowell's extra-point kick for a 7-6 lead.

It stayed that way until a couple of pass completions by Moran gave the Cavaliers a fourth-and-five at the Crusaders' 21 with one second left in the half.

After the timeouts, Myers kicked the go-ahead field goal.

"It felt amazing, but I didn't know if it went in or not, so I faked an injury because they ran into me," said Myers. "But they told me it went in and I jumped up."

Myers said he gave up soccer because he wanted to be part of the football team's success and is glad that he did.

"I wanted to be part of it. It's been a dream for me this season," Myers said. "We have a championship and a ring."

The Cavaliers added a touchdown run by Brian Rutland from the 2-yard line on the first play of the final quarter and Myers kicked the extra point.

Ricky Congo, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive tackle, recovered a fumble at the Crusaders' 26-yard line with 10:17 remaining in the game, and 12 plays later, Myers was true from the 31-yard line. Congo was part of a Cavaliers' defense that made several stops every time the Crusaders threatened. Linebacker Jake Trantin anchored the middle and was a force all over the field.

"You know what they're going to do, but you have to stop them," Davis said.

Spalding coach Mike Whittles said: "This team did everything we asked them to do and really wanted to repeat."

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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