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Football: Subs pace Calvert Hall over Coolidge

By the time Calvert Hall senior quarterback Thomas Stuart entered the game against Coolidge High (D.C.) on Saturday afternoon at Paul Angelo Russo Stadium in Towson, his understudy and classmate, John Mooney, had already tossed a couple of touchdown passes.

Not to be left out, Stuart also racked up a scoring pass in the Cardinals' easy 41-7 victory.

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Mooney wasn't alone among reserves who earned a rare chance to bask in the spotlight of success, though.

Senior running back Jamal Goodman was afforded a similar opportunity and he didn't disappoint coach Donald Davis' trust in his ability, scoring two touchdowns and rushing for 71 yards in the rout.

There were others, too, such as junior wideout Logan Kurek and sophomore tight end Erik Evans, who came through with big plays.

After Calvert Hall (4-0) dominated defensively early, forcing a fumble that junior linebacker Tom Hollenback recovered at the Coolidge 10-yard line, Mooney found Evans wide open in the end zone from the 5-yard line for a 7-0 lead 10:07 remaining in the first quarter.

The underdog Colts (1-1) battled back to tie on the ensuing drive, aided by a roughing-the-passer penalty on third down. They eventually struck on a 12-yard pass from quarterback Femi Bamiro to fellow senior Fellonte Misher midway through the opening period.

Mooney, however, wasted little time regaining the lead for the hosts, who only needed five plays to cover 59 yards to reach the end zone again.

The Lutherville resident's 34-yard pass to Kurek with 3:29 remaining in the quarter gave the Cardinals a 14-7 advantage after junior Austen Strachen's conversion kick.

Then Stuart and the rest of the starters returned for a three-and-out before he connected on a 22-yard toss to senior Trevor Williams for a 21-7 bulge at the intermission.

There was a carryover into the first two series of the second half as Stuart directed an 80-yard drive finished by a 1-yard Goodman TD run, and then a 52-yard sequence capped on a 10-yard Goodman sweep.

Senior quarterback Garrett Flannery and junior Sean Smith also saw some action calling signals as Calvert Hall coach Donald Davis sought to find playing time for his entire roster while simultaneously giving many of his starters a breather.

"It wasn't so much about giving our guys a rest," Davis said. "It was about giving guys opportunities to contribute and those guys doing that."

The Cardinals have a bye next weekend before traveling to Roland Park to face Gilman (Oct. 7, 2:30 p.m.) in hopes of topping the Greyhounds (3-1) for the third consecutive season.

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