Satisfaction At Last For Cards

Turkey Bowl No. 10 Calvert Hall 47, No. 13 Loyola 28

Rout Of Dons Ends 6-game Losing Streak In Series

November 27, 2009|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Baltimore Sun

One morning of sheer dominance helped wipe away more than two decades of frustrations for the Calvert Hall football team.

In the highest-scoring game in the history of the series, quarterback Patrick Fitzgerald scored three first-half touchdowns and defensive back Trevon Wilks added a pair of interceptions as the No. 10 Cardinals scored the game's first 34 points in a 47-28 win over No. 13 Loyola in the 90th Turkey Bowl. The game was played before an announced 11,898 at M&T Bank Stadium.

The win broke a six-game series losing streak for Calvert Hall (8-4 overall, 3-2 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference), which lost 20 of the past 24 to its archrival. Loyola (7-4, 1-4) still leads the all-time series 48-34-8.

What's more, the Cardinals' 47 points were the most for either team since 1975 - tying for the second most in the history of a series that predates the NFL - and four more than their total against the Dons the past six years.

"These kids have to go to the mall, have to go to school, have to go to social gatherings and hear about how much we've struggled against Loyola," Cardinals coach Donald Davis said. "Now, they finally have some measure of satisfaction."

The team that has scored first has won 24 straight in the series. Calvert Hall wasted little time, taking a 21-0 lead in the game's first 15:13 by taking advantage of a strong punt return and a pair of interceptions.

The punt return, a 38-yard effort by Cardinals senior Paul Johnson, moved the ball deep into Loyola territory, setting up Fitzgerald's 6-yard scramble for a touchdown.

Interceptions by Wilks, who returned his 45 yards, and linebacker John Casparriello followed, each leading to a 1-yard sneak by Fitzgerald. Once Trevor Williams took Fitzgerald's screen pass 56 yards down the sideline to extend the lead early in the third quarter, the rout was on.

"I think that took the energy out of them a little bit," said Fitzgerald, who scored three times despite having just 19 rushing yards. He added 96 passing yards and a touchdown.

Teammate C.J. Williams (62 yards) led a ground game that gained 214 yards.

Loyola's Connor Bruns finished with 220 passing yards but threw three interceptions for the Dons, who scored three late touchdowns against Calvert Hall's second team. Vince Snarski led Loyola on the ground with 91 yards on 24 carries.

"We wanted to come and run the ball ... but then we had to put it up in the air," Loyola coach Brian Abbott said. "Bottom line is, we added fuel to the fire today by the number of mistakes we made."

For Calvert Hall, the performance was a needed shot in the arm after several years of lopsided losses.

"It's a rivalry again," said Davis, who was on the losing side three times as a player in the mid-1990s. "This thing is alive and well."

CH 7 14 19 7 - 47

L 0 0 7 21 - 28

CH-Fitzgerald 6 run (Karolenko kick)

CH-Fitzgerald 1 run (Karolenko kick)

CH-Fitzgerald 1 run (Karolenko kick)

CH-T. Williams 56 pass from Fitzgerald (kick failed)

CH-C. Williams 31 run (Karolenko kick)

L-Curran 7 pass from Bruns (Bradley kick)

CH-Boliek 1 run (run failed)

CH-Castronova 34 run (Karolenko kick)

L-Bruns 7 run (kick failed)

L-Cullen 7 pass from Bruns (Hnatiuk pass from Snarski)

L-Class 22 pass from Bruns (Bradley kick)

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