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Football: Calvert Hall survives scare from Georgetown Prep

CJ Williams' touchdown with 2:54 to go clinches victory

By Nelson Coffin, ncoffin@tribune.com

7:21 AM EDT, October 15, 2011

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A year ago, the week after beating Gilman in an emotional thriller, Calvert Hall suffered its only loss of an otherwise brilliant 11-1 campaignto Georgetown Prep.

Friday night at Paul Angelo Russo Stadium in Towson, a week after a deflating loss to the Greyhounds, the Cardinals (5-1) could have succumbed again to the Little Hoyas (3-5).

Instead, Calvert Hall overcame a slew of penalties, blown coverages and dropped passes to subdue the visitors from Bethesda, 22-13, in a key Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference battle.

The Cardinals dominated time of possession in the first half and out-gained the Little Hoyas, 220-60, but could only manage a modest 9-3 advantage at the intermission.

Calvert Hall scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper by senior Thomas Stuart with 1:36 remaining in the first quarter and added a 30-yard field goal by junior Austen Strachen to take a 9-0 advantage midway late in the second quarter.

The Little Hoyas (3-5) answered Strachen's kick with a 35-yard field goal by Ed Brennen with less than a minute left in the half.

Calvert Hall then drove to the enemy 11-yard line before being turned away as time expired.

The Cardinals stretched their lead to 15-3 early in the fourth quarter on another Stuart score, only to give the points back when Georgetown Prep retaliated on a 66-yard strike from quarterback Tre Johnson to a wide-open Mike DePaul on the next play from scrimmage.

"We made a lot of mistakes," Calvert Hall running back/linebacker CJ Williams said. "The outside linebacker blitzed on the play, and so did I (at middle linebacker). We thought we could get to the quarterback, and we didn't."

Williams made amends when he tallied the game-clinching touchdown with 2:54 to go on a 2-yard plunge. That drive was kept alive when Stuart connected with junior Logan Kurek for 18 yards on a crucial 4th-and-3 from the Little Hoya 29.

"We struggled," Calvert Hall coach Donald Davis said. "We had some miscommunications out there."