UPPER MARLBORO - Douglass of Prince George's County built an 18-point first-quarter lead behind running backs Jamaine McCain and Derron Hall, and hung on to defeat visiting No. 13 Calvert Hall for the second straight year, 24-18, before a crowd of about 2,000 yesterday.
McCain and Hall, a junior and sophomore, respectively, who played for a 150-pound recreation league team last season, generated 341 yards out of the Eagles' wishbone offense.
McCain scored on runs of 33 and 60 yards, and Hall on a 45-yard interception return and a 47-yard second-quarter run that boosted the Eagles' lead to 24-6.
"We came out in a formation that we hadn't shown, and I figured they'd have some problems adjusting to it," said Eagles coach J.C. Pinkney, whose team improved to 4-0. "We got a little complacent on offense, they made a lot of adjustments, and we saw we needed some work in the secondary."
The Cardinals (1-3), who gave up a late score to lose last year's matchup, trailed 18-0 when Mike Newton scored his first of two touchdowns from 5 yards with 5:47 left in the first half.
Cardinals quarterback Andrew Robinson (14-for-28, 196 yards) made it 24-12, on a pass to Josh Wagner with 6:39 left in the third quarter, but a subsequent drive by the Cardinals ended on an incomplete pass on fourth-and-goal at the Douglass 10-yard line.
"We came out flat in the first half and you can't do that against a team like this, but we shut them out in the second half and gave our offense a chance to win the game," said Calvert Hall defensive lineman Dane Robinson. "We were more focused in the second half, but we need to be that way for the rest of the season."