By Nelson Coffin, Baltimore Sun Media Group
5:59 PM EDT, October 20, 2012
"What we've got here is... failure to communicate." That iconic line uttered in the prison movie "Cool Hand Luke" in 1967 seemed most appropriate 45 years later in how it relates to Friday's supposed cancellation of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association showdown between No. 1 Gilman and No. 2 Calvert Hall.
At least that's how MIAA executive director Rick Diggs couched his and the league's response to news that the game would not be played after severe lightning, rumbles of thunder and heavy rain blew through the area 30 minutes prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff.
Instead, Diggs announced that the game has been rescheduled for Monday at Paul Angelo Russo Stadium in Towson at 4 p.m.
"Maybe there was a little miscommunication, but we felt the game should be played," Diggs said, noting he told Calvert Hall and Gilman officials that he and incoming executive director Lee Dove would make a final decision on Saturday.
Diggs added that the same dilemma faces B Conference frontrunner St. Paul's and St. Vincent Pallotti, which will also play on Monday at 4 p.m.
The decision puts Calvert Hall in the unenviable position of having to play two games in five days, considering they must travel to Archbishop Spalding (5-3, 3-1 conference) on Friday at 7 p.m. in a game that will have major ramifications on postseason seedings.
The Cardinals (6-1, 2-0) are still in the hunt for a top seed should they get by the powerful Greyhounds (5-2, 3-0), who pounded Spalding, 49-2, two weeks ago.
Calvert Hall would have to top Gilman and Spalding to garner the No. 1 seed, a daunting task in such a short period.
Both Diggs and Calvert Hall coach Donald Davis said they will request Spalding to move the game to Saturday, although the Severn school is preparing for an open house on Sunday.
Moreover, there are safety concerns about playing two game is such a brief span, the same prospect that faces St. Paul's. The unbeaten Crusaders (6-0, 3-0) are slated to meet St. Mary's (5-3, 4-1) on Friday.
Gilman might have similar concerns, given that its annual battle with archrival McDonogh is next Saturday.
"A lot of things have to be considered," Diggs said. "But it's not an overwhelming safety concern. It's been done before. We just thought there wasn't an alternative and that the game needed to be played. It was just too hastily announced, that's all. (Calvert Hall athletic director) Lou Eckerl and (Gilman athletic director) Tim Holley agreed that the game will be Monday."