Each week, The Baltimore Sun will recognize one high school boy and girl for their athletic achievements.
Boy Athlete of the Week: Noah Brannock, Calvert Hall, football
The junior quarterback was efficient throughout and often sensational in the No. 6 Cardinals’ 24-7 upset win over No. 2 McDonogh on Saturday. On the day, Brannock completed 13 of 19 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns, adding 29 yards on the ground that included a 5-yard score.
The Cardinals set the tone with a five-play, 47-yard drive in the first quarter that was capped by Brannock’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Lewis. Brannock then finished off a seven-play, 53-yard drive with the five-yard in the second quarter. In the third quarter, the Cardinals marched 63 yards with Brannock connecting with Rahkeem Smith on a 15-yard throw for their final touchdown.
In Calvert Hall’s 2-0 start — the Cardinals opened with a 34-14 win over John Carroll on Aug. 27 — Brannock has 20 completions in 33 throws for 293 yards and four touchdowns.
Girl Athlete of the Week: Mackenzie Calhoun, Glenelg, volleyball
The sophomore outside hitter enjoyed a banner week in leading the Gladiators to a big Howard County league win on Thursday, followed by a title at Saturday’s nine-team Linganore Tournament.
Calhoun capped the fine week with 12 kills, 15 digs and three aces in Saturday’s tournament championship win against Centennial, as the Gladiators swept their Howard County rivals 25-23, 25-23. Glenelg took seven of nine sets in pool play before beating Middletown 25-18, 25-20 in the semifinals. On the day, Calhoun, who is a setter for her club team, totaled 61 kills, 39 digs, 12 aces and five assists.
In Thursday’s 25-9, 26-24, 25-23 win over Hammond, Calhoun finished with 18 kills, 10 digs and five aces.
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Entering this week, Calhoun has 97 kills and 59 digs in helping the Gladiators to a 2-0 start in league play.