Calvert Hall had been routed by MIAA A Conference rival Mount St. Joseph by a combined 100-16 in two previous meetings, so being scheduled as the Gaels' homecoming opponent yesterday only fanned the flames of the Cardinals' burning desire to win.
Final score: No. 12-ranked Calvert Hall 28, No. 2-ranked Mount St. Joseph, 21.
"This game was either going to make us or break us," said coach Lou Eckerl, his Calvert Hall players storming off the field nearby. "I think we've finally turned the corner."
Afterward, coach Mike Working, who has won two league titles at St. Joe (3-2, 0-1) and one at McDonogh, declined interviews for himself or his players.
"They made us look bad last year [a 48-16 loss], calling a timeout with 41 seconds left to throw their last touchdown," said Calvert Hall running back Chad Parsons, who had 111 yards and two touchdowns. His first, from 11 yards out, ended a nine-play, 51-yard drive for a 7-0 lead with 3: 40 left in the first period.
"That wasn't going to happen again," said Parsons, "This was about pride."
That showed in the defensive play of Lou Georgalas (two sacks, one blocked punt), Alan Maszarose (one sack), Matt Harlan (fumble recovery) and Chris Liberto (fumble recovery).
"We just stuffed them," said the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Georgalas.
Offensively, the Cardinals (5-0, 1-0) hammered the middle with Parsons (5-9, 215), Greg Smoot (6-3, 225), Reese Fair, Mike Dison and Troy Brown, who totaled 195 yards rushing to set up receiver Avon Mack (five receptions for 117 yards).
Mack's touchdowns of 31 and 14 yards on passes from quarterback Jason Bungori a 7-7 tie into a 21-7 halftime lead, and Bungori (6-for-12, 125 yards passing) was good on all four extra point kicks.
"We went for the short stuff early, but once they started cheating up, we went long," said Mack, whose first catch was an over-the-shoulder effort against double coverage.
Still, the Gaels' big plays kept them in the game.
Facing third-and-25 with 1: 38 left in the first period, Greg Jones scored on a shovel pass from Gaels QB Andrew Michalowicz (7-for-13, 155 yards) on a play covering 65 yards.
It was 21-14 with 5: 53 left in the third period when Michalowicz found Shaz Brown on a down-and-in play that covered 51 yards. After Parsons' 11-yard run capped a nine-play, 65-yard drive, the Gaels' John O'Donnell blocked his second punt of the day. The ball rolled into the end zone, where teammate Sean Jones fell on it to make it 28-21 with 7: 59 to play.
But a fumble recovery by Harlan at the Calvert Hall 5, and a 12-yard sack by Georgalas keyed the Cardinals' stops of the Gaels' final two drives in the game's final 5: 18.
No. 8 Hereford 48, Pikesville 0: Jason Wingeart ran for 71 yards and scored three first-half touchdowns as the Bulls (5-0) posted their third straight shutout. Wingeart also returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown. Randallstown 56, Overlea 6: T.J. Stallings rushed for 196 yards on 17 carries and scored five touchdowns in the host Rams' (4-1) romp over the Falcons (1-4).
Eastern Tech 43, Catonsville 12: Quarterback Brian Nagel threw three touchdown passes to lead the visiting Mavericks (4-1) over the Comets (3-2).
Owings Mills 34, Loch Raven 18: Marvin Reed ran for 93 yards and three touchdowns as the Owls (4-1) defeated the host Raiders (2-3). Owings Mills trailed, 18-6, at halftime.
Milford Mill 36, Franklin 14: Jeff Price rushed 14 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns as the Millers (5-0) won at home to stay undefeated.
Pub Date: 10/05/97