A year ago, the Calvert Hall football team needed overtime to put away pesky Westminster. Last night, the No. 3 Cardinals needed nearly no time at all.
Calvert Hall scored touchdowns on each of its first two drives and totaled 520 yards of offense for a 42-21 win over the host Owls before an estimated 5,000.
"We don't want them to get off to a good start and get the momentum, so we had to get them out real early," said Marques Thompson, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound Cardinals back who rushed 17 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns. "The line opened up holes, and I just ran through them."
When Thompson wasn't running, junior quarterback Andrew Goldbeck was ripping the Owls through the air, completing 11 of 18 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, helping his team to build a 35-7 lead.
Calvert Hall (3-0) has scored more than 40 in all three of its games, and it didn't need long to break on top, using a series of big plays to take a 14-0 lead after two possessions.
On the game's kickoff, the Cardinals' Matt Eckerl started upfield, cut left through a gaping hole and ran 59 yards to Westminster's 34.
Three plays later, Goldbeck sent a high-arching pass down the right sideline, allowing receiver Lamar Williams, who had beaten his man by a step, to haul in a 30-yard touchdown pass just 4:39 into the game.
After holding the Owls' offense to a three-and-out on their first possession, Calvert Hall again needed just three plays to strike.
On the opening play of the drive, Thompson cut through another sizable hole and sprinted 54 yards down the left sideline.
On a first down from the 11, Nick Williams ran around the right side for a score, making it 14-0 with 7:59 still to play in the first quarter.
Westminster (0-2), after missing a field-goal try late in the first half, pulled within a touchdown on its first drive of the second half, when Brad Baer's 48-yard pass set up a rushing touchdown that cut the margin to 14-7.
The Cardinals, however, then put the game away by scoring on each of their next three possessions, including runs of 18 and 33 yards by Thompson, to make it 35-7.