It took Calvert Hall just one series to settle in before the offense found a rhythm Friday night against Maryland Christian in the opener for both teams at Paul Angelo Russo Stadium in Towson.
The Cardinals struck on their second and third drives of the contest to take a 14-0 advantage with 2:24 remaining in the first quarter on the way to a 54-7 victory.
Not to be outdone, the defense chipped in with a touchdown to increase the margin to 21-0 two minutes later and the special teams recovered a fumble that led another score six seconds after that.
"We got off to a slow start," said Calvert Hall senior running back Garrett Keene. "But we're confident. We have some good running back and our new quarterback (junior Colar Kuhns) is getting better and better. We dominated even when our second team came in."
It all started with senior running back Stephen Kelly's twisting 31-yard touchdown run that put the Cardinals on top with 5:20 remaining before Keene found the end zone from on a 51-yard sprint three minutes later.
Junior Spencer Tuveson then pounced on a fumble in the Saints' end zone for the third touchdown of the quarter, preceding a 20-yard pass from first-year starter Kuhns to senior wideout Kyle Levere for a 28-0 buffer.
From there, things only improved for the Cardinals, who registered another touchdown on a 19-yard toss from Kuhns to junior tight end Erik Evans. The junior quarterback showed a strong arm by launching the ball off his back foot while backpedaling deep in the pocket to find Evans.
The other first-half score came on a 20-yard run by freshman defensive end Rahshaun Smith after a blocked punt.
The Saints finally answered on a 5-yard plunge by Austin Lee, who also kicked the conversion point to make it, 41-7 with 4:52 remaining in the third quarter.
Kuhns completed six of 11 passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns in his debut while Kelly racked up 77 yards on just two carries. Keene ran the ball 4 times for 65 yards.
"He's accurate and he has a cool head," Davis said about Kuhns. "It's satisfying to open the season with a win. "
Next week's game won't be nearly as easy when the Cardinals collide with Dunbar next Friday at Johnny Unitas Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
"They are an outstanding football team with a rich tradition and great running backs," Davis said. "It's a great game for Baltimore."
CH 28 13 0 13 54
MC 0 0 7 0 7
CH-Kelly 31 run, Soriano kick
CH-Keene 51 run, Soriano kick
CH-Tuveson fumble recovery, Soriano kick
CH-Kuhns 20 pass (Levere), Strachen kick
CH-Kuhns 19 pass (Evans), kick failed
CH-Smith 20 fumble recovery, Soriano kick
MC-Lee 5 run, Lee kick
CH-Farmer 36 run, pass failed
CH-Marcisiszewski 3 pass (Frank), Soriano kick