Game of the Week: Spalding runs all over Boys' Latin, 39-29

There was a point early in Friday night's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title game rematch when it seemed as if Archbishop Spalding backs K.K. Smith and J.D. Izon could score on every play.

For a while, to the dismay of No. 8 Boys' Latin, they nearly did.

The duo combined for 197 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the first quarter alone, helping the host No. 10 Cavaliers build an insurmountable early lead on their way to a 39-29 win.

Spalding (5-3 overall, 4-1 conference), which defeated the Lakers in last year's B Conference final, built its lead to 32 points by early in the second half before surviving the Lakers' late rally, which included a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns by Brandon Barnes and 22 straight points.

Boys' Latin cut the lead to 39-29 before Jonathan Attman recovered an onside kick to give the Lakers the ball back with 3:51 to play. But Taylor Slothoff's fourth-down pass on a fake field goal fell incomplete, ending the threat at the Spalding 6.

Smith finished with 25 carries for 231 yards -- surpassing the 1,000-yard mark along the way -- while Izon racked up 172 yards on 12 carries, including three touchdowns.

"We were hoping to catch them with our speed," Spalding coach Mike Whittles said. "They have some quick guys on the outside, but I thought if we could get the blocks made and our backs in some open space, we were going to make some things happen."

Spalding jumped on its rivals from the outset, scoring touchdowns on its first four possessions, with two scoring runs each by Smith and Izon, to build a 29-7 lead after one quarter.

By the end of the quarter, Boys' Latin (5-2, 5-1) had allowed just six fewer points than it had in its first six games combined. And the Cavaliers had forgotten all about last week's loss to Archbishop Curley.

"We knew we could beat them if we went out and played our game," Smith said. "The line opened holes and the backs just ran."

On Spalding's first possession, Izon gained 50 yards on three carries, including a 5-yard touchdown run on a pitchout to the right.

After the Lakers scored on Jeff Chase's 66-yard run, Spalding immediately regained momentum. First, the Cavaliers kept their drive alive on running back Shelley White's 22-yard pass to John Jennings on a fake punt. Then, on the very next play, Smith followed his blockers down the right sideline for a 62-yard touchdown run.

Malik Johnson's interception at the line of scrimmage then set up a 19-yard scoring run through the right side by Izon, and Smith, on the final play of the opening quarter, finished the improbable impressive spurt with a 68-yard scoring run through a hole in the left side to make it 29-7.

Spalding extended the lead to 39-7 on Izon's 68-yard run to open the third quarter.

"We didn't come out with any passion," Lakers coach Ritchie Schell said. "You can't do that against a good team. We didn't, and we got it handed to us."

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