No. 2 Calvert Hall avoided the upset Saturday afternoon and spoiled host No. 9 Mount St. Joseph’s homecoming with a 27-21 double-overtime victory.
Kevin Nickel’s 10-yard run ignited a wild celebration for the Cardinals in their Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference opener.
The Cardinals (5-1, 1-0) were missing 15 players, including eight starters, at the beginning of the game. They were taking the SATs and couldn’t suit up until the end of the first quarter.
“I think it says a lot about our kids missing 15 kids to open the game,” Calvert Hall coach Donald Davis said. “I think the kids fought through. It was next man up for a full quarter. When the opportunities came, the kids made the plays they needed to make.”
One play before Nickel’s run, Mount St. Joseph kicker James Nelson missed a 27-yard field goal.
In the first overtime, Mount St. Joseph quarterback Bryan Jangro and Calvert Hall quarterback Colar Kuhns each threw a touchdown pass.
Both teams had a chance to pull out a victory in the fourth quarter, but they were unable to capitalize on the opportunities.
With 7:40 left remaining, Mount St. Joseph (3-3, 0-2) went for it on 4th and-1 with a half-yard to go for a touchdown, but Calvert Hall linebacker Garrett Epple stopped the Gaels’ Nevone McCrimmon when he attempted to dive into the end zone.
Calvert Hall kicker Jake Soriano then missed a 25-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining in the game, sending the game to overtime.
In the middle of the second quarter, the Gaels led, 14-7, and lined up to kick a 24-yard field goal. But Nelson’s kick hit the ground and rolled to Calvert Hall’s Nichols Smith, who returned it 95 yards for a touchdown.
“The ball kind of fell over [over the tee] and he didn’t hit it right,” Mount St. Joseph coach Blake Henry said.
Mount St Joseph scored first when safety Kyle Costabile jumped in front of Calvert Hall wide receiver Delando Johnson to pick off Kuhns and return it 55 yards for a touchdown 1:22 into the game.
Calvert Hall quickly answered. After Damien Farmer?s 41-yard punt return, the Cardinals moved 48 yards in seven plays.
On 4th-and-9 from Mount St. Joseph’s 26-yard line, and under heavy pressure, Kuhns threw the ball up for grabs and Johnson came down with it in the far right corner of the end zone.
The Gaels needed only four plays to respond when Jangro teamed up with running back Carey Wells-Jowers for a 64-yard score on quick slant over the middle and 13-7 lead.
No. 2 Calvert Hall 27, No. 9 Mount St Joseph 21, 2OT
CH 7 7 0 0 7 6 27
MSJ 14 0 0 0 7 0 21
M- Costabile 55 return (Nelson kick)
CH-Johnson 26 from Kuhns (Soriano kick)
M- Carey Well-Jowers 64 from Jangro (Nelson kick)
CH- Smith 95 return (Soriano kick)
CH-Whitcome 11 from Kuhns (Soriano kick)
M-McCrimmon 8 from Jangro (Nelson kick)
CH-Nickel 10 run