Archbishop Spalding senior running back Evan Hockel said his team knew it would "take hard-nosed football to win" against No. 13 Archbishop Curley last night.
Employing an aggressive style, the Cavaliers knocked off the visiting Friars, 17-7, last night in Severn.
It was an important game between the two-time defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champion Cavaliers (2-1) and the Friars (2-2). Curley returned to the B Conference this season after a two-year absence. The Cavaliers are 2-0 in the league; Curley fell to 1-1.
"This was a really big win," said Hockel, who scored on runs of 8 and 6 yards in the first half. "This might have been a preview of the championship game."
Both coaches, Mike Whittles of Spalding and Sean Murphy of Curley, knew the opposition would try to run the football.
"We knew coming into this game that Curley was going to be tough," said the Friars' Nick Kuhl, who kicked a 35-yard field goal in the third quarter for the only score of the second half.
Curley, the B Conference champion four of five years before going winless in the A Conference in 2005 and 9-2 last season as an independent, was beaten at its own game last night - a bruising running game that ate up the clock.
The Friars scored first on an 18-yard run by Terrance Dandridge on the fifth play of the second quarter before the Cavaliers' defense stiffened the rest of the game.
There is one nine-team division in the B Conference this year, with each team playing an eight-game schedule. The top two teams at the end of the season will play on Nov. 16 at Towson University in the championship game.
'There are a lot of tough teams in this league," Whittles said. "
No. 3 River Hill 35, Glenelg 0 -- Michael Campanaro had one receiving, one passing and two rushing touchdowns to lead the visiting Hawks (3-0) over the Gladiators (0-3). The junior running back finished with 90 yards on 11 carries. Kicker Carlos Griffin-Benitez finished five-for-five on extra-point attempts. River Hill's defense has not allowed a point all season..
No. 4 Dunbar 47, Douglass 0 -- Tavon Austin had three touchdowns, including a 101-yard interception return, to lead the host Poets (3-0) over the Ducks (0-3). Austin finished with 227 yards rushing on seven carries. Davon Muse added a rushing touchdown to go along with his four extra-point kicks. Dunbar returns to action next Friday against City at Johns Hopkins University.
No. 14 Wilde Lake 45, Marriotts Ridge 12 -- The visiting Wildecats used 266 rushing yards to improve to 3-0 as the Mustangs fall to 2-1. Wilde Lake's rushing attack was led by Ashton Hayes (11 carries, 57 yards, two touchdowns), Gerrel Epps (19 carries, 142 yards) and Vaughn Stamper (four carries, 59 yards, one touchdown). Kicker Graham Spicer made a 37-yard field goal and was four-for-four on extra points.
Reservoir 42, Oakland Mills 0 -- Robert While had three rushing touchdowns to help the visiting Gators rout the host Scorpions. Tyler Howell chipped in two rushing scores and Billy Reybold caught an 81-yard pass from quarterback Josh Cohen.
Boys' Latin 21, Pallotti 12 -- Patrick Steele had 25 carries for 176 yards and three scores to lead the host Lakers (2-1) over the Panthers (1-2).
Long Reach 7, Centennial 6 -- Coach Pete Hughes recorded his 100th career win as the host Lightning beat the Eagles.
Northwestern 36, Southwestern 0 -- Terrance West had 302 yards on 22 carries to lead the visiting Wildcats over the Sabers. West finished with three touchdowns and one conversion run.
Poly 28, Patterson 0 -- Lee Reynolds scored all four touchdowns for the Engineers (3-0) in a win over the Clippers (0-3). Reynolds, who has 11 touchdowns for the season, had 146 yards on 11 carries.
Staff reports contributed to this article.