Presented with an ideal opportunity to regain the top spot in The Sun's varsity polls last week, Calvert Hall, which dropped to No. 3 after a loss to McDonogh the week before, boldly jumped at the chance.
The Cardinals (9-2) showed the setback to the Eagles was only a temporary hiccup after they soundly beat last week’s new-No. 1 Gilman 11-8 on Tuesday and then knocked off No. 2 Loyola 11-6 on Friday night.
When the Cardinals are at their best, they are clearly the top team in the area with their overall depth at every position. Everybody knows it and every team in the deep Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association looks to bring their best against the Cardinals. Following Tuesday’s win over Gilman, Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly said he was pleased with how his team is responding to the challenge of being the team to beat.
Gilman came back to beat No. 13 Mount St. Joseph, 13-7 on Friday, and slipped to No. 2 with Loyola dropping to No. 3. Making noise lower in the poll was Broadneck, which upset then-No. 12 Severna Park 8-6 on Friday to move in this week at No. 14. The Bruins (8-1) have now won eight straight games after opening the season with a 12-2 loss to No. 10 and undefeated South River.