On a day when everything went right for McDonogh, everything continued to go wrong for Calvert Hall.
The Cardinals (4-3, 0-2) scored their first points after back-to-back shutout losses to Gilman (13-0) and Boys' Latin (3-0) yesterday, but they ran into a McDonogh offense that was on all cylinders in a 54-6 victory in a Maryland Scholastic Association Armstrong A Conference game at Calvert Hall.
Junior wide receiver Dennis Badham scored five touchdowns for the No. 5 Eagles (7-0, 4-0), totaling 322 yards on three receptions for 194 yards and two punt returns for touchdowns of 63 and 65 yards. Junior quarterback Bobby Sabelhaus threw for 320 yards and five touchdowns for McDonogh, which had 406 total yards.
"We have been working hard all week because we knew Calvert Hall would be up for this," said Badham. "I really haven't had a big game yet this season, but I knew sooner or later I would have one, and today was the day."
With the Cardinals trailing 41-6 at halftime, there was a running clock in the second half. In high school football, if a team is losing by at least 35 points at halftime, the clock is only stopped for timeouts, injuries or penalties in the second half.
After a 4-0 start and No. 7 ranking in The Baltimore Sun's Top 15, injuries and inexperience have resulted in three straight setbacks for Calvert Hall.
"This is not a real good team, just a good team that is playing bad right now," said Calvert Hall coach Bill Mackley. "We don't like talking about our injuries, but we have seven guys out and we're down to our third-string quarterback. But you can't take anything away from McDonogh because they are a very good football team and the best we've faced this season."
A play that probably typified the Cardinals' frustrations occurred in the second quarter. With McDonogh leading 13-6, Calvert Hall faced a fourth-and-one at the Eagles' 47. Chris Nohe broke through a hole on the left side but fumbled and the Eagles recovered.
Five plays later, Sabelhaus, who was 8-for-16, found Badham streaking down the right sideline for a 55-yard touchdown, in a repeat of 92- and 47-yard scoring pass plays.
With 4:27 remaining in the first half, Badham took a punt and went down the right sideline for a 63-yard touchdown. Dwayne Stukes had an interception on the Cardinals' ensuing possession, then ran 26 yards for a score on an option play.
With 6:17 remaining in the game, Badham had a 65-yard punt return, completing his day in which he scored each time he touched the ball.
"He showed what a great player he is today," said McDonogh coach Mike Working. "But we have more than one really good player on this team. We had been out of sync for most of the first half of the season. Today, we were in sync and Calvert Hall was out of sync."