The Archbishop Curley and Archbishop Spalding programs have a lot in common.
Both teams pride themselves in having great running attacks and stout defenses. Therefore, it's not much of a shock the two have been the most successful teams in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference this decade.
So it was only fitting that when the teams clashed yesterday afternoon at Curley, the game would be memorable. After two overtimes, the Cavaliers escaped with a 27-20 victory.
"We knew coming into this game, it would be a tough game, it would be a physical battle," Spalding running back Nick Kuhl (14 carries, 134 yards, touchdown) said. "But our line played the best they've ever played and our backs ran the hardest they've ever ran."
Spalding (2-2, 2-0 MIAA B) was down 14 points after the first quarter. The defense had a critical series before halftime, stopping the Friars (3-1, 3-1) in the red zone, to keep the score 14-7 at halftime.
Spalding scored a touchdown in the third quarter, and both teams' defenses played well in the fourth, forcing overtime. Curley got the ball first and scored on a 1-yard halfback dive by Terrence Dandridge (15 carries, 72 yards, two touchdowns). Kuhl blocked Curley's extra-point attempt to make it 20-14.
The Cavaliers answered with an 8-yard touchdown run by Jordan Cohill (12 carries, 53 yards, three touchdowns), but Curley's Joe Petrides got a hand on the extra-point attempt to keep the score tied at 20.
In the second overtime, Cohill scored again and Kuhl made the extra point for the lead. Curley got the ball next and on fourth-and-10 from the 10-yard line, Friars quarterback Mark Venable rolled to his left and found Brandon Franke in the corner of the end zone. Franke made the catch but couldn't keep his feet inbounds.
PATTERSON 20, No. 12 EDMONDSON 0: : With quarterback Aaron Overton (two touchdowns) leading the way, the Clippers upended the host Red Storm. For Edmondson (1-2), it was the second defeat in three games. Loyola handed the Red Storm a 55-12 loss last week. "We watched film of the Loyola game, and we were confident we could match them skill-wise," Patterson coach Corey Johnson said.
No. 1 RIVER HILL 55, CENTENNIAL 0: : The Hawks had another dominating performance, stretching their record to 3-0. Malek Redd rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries, and Michael Campanaro also scored three touchdowns while rolling up 128 yards on 11 rushes.
No. 11 ARUNDEL 50, NORTH COUNTY 34: : Arundel's quarterback Billy Cosh threw for 357 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to victory. Alec Lemon had nine catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns, including one on a run of 61 yards.
No. 9 Perry Hall 22, Woodlawn 6:: Davonta Farrell threw for one touchdown and rushed for another for the host Gators (3-0). The Warriors (1-2) were held scoreless for three quarters.
BEL AIR 28, PATTERSON MILL 6: : Tyler Wann caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Justin Lorber as the visiting Bobcats (1-2) defeated the Huskies (0-3) for their first win of the season.
CITY 38, WALBROOK 0: : Senior Ricky Rodwell scored five touchdowns and rushed for 124 yards on 15 carries to lead the Knights (2-1) to victory.
FOREST PARK 28, SOUTHWESTERN 12:: Devin Chavis threw two touchdown passes to power the Foresters (1-2) past the visiting Sabers.
HOWARD 37, LONG REACH 8: : Mark Covington rushed for 100 yards and scored three touchdowns as the host Lions (2-1) defeated the Lightning (1-2) for the first time in school history.
MARRIOTTS RIDGE 38, RESERVOIR 6:: Tim Blair threw three touchdown passes, including two to Kyle Williams, and two conversion passes, both to Williams, and had a two-point run of his own to power the host Mustangs (3-0) past the Gators (2-1).
WILLIAMSPORT 32, LUTHERAN 19:: Reggie Russ had three touchdown runs to power the Wildcats (1-2) past the host Saints (1-2).
LEWIS 8, SOUTHSIDE 0:: Maurice Kosh barreled across the goal line in the second quarter for the only touchdown of the game as the Falcons (2-1) defeated the host Jaguars (0-3).
MERVO 34, DIGITAL HARBOR 22: : Walter Petty rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown to lead the Mustangs (2-1) past the visiting Rams (1-2).
NORTHWESTERN 28, DOUGLASS 6: : Terrance West rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown to lift the host Wildcats (2-1) over the Ducks (1-2).
Sun reporters contributed to this article.