Calvert Hall opts for victory, outscoring Broadneck, 36-24 Backs Tyler, Callahan outdo run-and-shoot

Broadneck's run-and-shoot was good last night, but Calvert Hall's option running attack was better, and the Cardinals rolled to a 36-24 victory over the Bruins.

Calvert Hall was led by the twin attack of senior running backs Kevin Tyler and Mike Callahan, who combined for 184 and 137 yards respectively, gaining all the yards behind an offensive line that repeatedly pushed the Bruins into their backfield.


Broadneck got a preview of things to come on the Cardinals' first drive. Calvert Hall ran the ball six successive times covering 68 yards. Tyler took the first carry 35 yards, Callahan took the next four to get the ball to the 1, and quarterback Dennis Grinestaff sneaked into the end zone. Steven Behnken's point-after gave Calvert Hall a 7-0 lead.

It took the Bruins only three plays to put their own score on the board. Quarterback Sean Ryan hit outside receiver Jason Smith for a 67-yard score to get the Bruins within one, but Jacob Schaeffer missed the extra point.


Broadneck took its only lead early in the second quarter when Damian Watkins capped a 10-play drive with a 2-yard touchdown plunge for a 12-7 Bruins' lead.

Tyler and Callahan went back to work for the Cardinals on the ensuing nine-play drive, carrying the ball all but once. Grinestaff stepped up again, this time hitting Tyler over the middle for a 17-yard touchdown pass for a 14-12 Calvert Hall lead at the half.

The Bruins came out passing for the second half but Ryan's first delivery ended up in the hands of Tyler, who returned it 33 yards for what became a crucial score.

Ryan settled down and directed Broadneck on a six-play drive to cut the deficit to 21-18. But Calvert Hall scored 12 unanswered points to take a 33-18 lead in the fourth quarter. Ryan kept throwing but was constantly harassed by Calvert Hall's Dominic Liberto, who picked him off three times.

Smith's 26-yard catch capped the scoring for Broadneck, and, after two missed field-goal tries, Behnken converted a 24-yarder for the final 36-24 margin.

Broadneck dropped its second game of the season but was coming off a big road win at Arundel last week and Jeff Herrick's squad was hoping to give the Cardinals their first loss.

Ryan started off quickly in the first half, connecting on 9 of 16 passes for 151 yards, spreading the ball around to six different receivers.

Coach Bill Mackley's Cardinals brought a decided size advantage to the game, and he made use of it all night.