Henry A. Wise (1-0) at No. 9 Calvert Hall (2-0)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Coaches: Donald Davis, Calvert Hall; DaLawn Parrish, Wise
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH
Calvert Hall: QB Mike Campbell, Sr.; WR Cole Herbert, Jr.; RB Sean Tucker, Jr.; DL Billy Wooden, Sr.; DE Nicholas Lenon, Sr.
Wise: WR Isaiah Hazel, Sr.; QB Quinton Williams, Sr.; DL Khalil Gray, Sr.; RB Brandon Bell, Sr.; DB Dennis Stokes, Sr.
KEYS TO VICTORY
Three-time defending Class 4A state champion Wise comes to Calvert Hall with a 43-game winning streak, tied with Damascus for the second-longest active high school football streak in the country.
A year ago, the Cardinals came close to ending Wise’s run, but Stokes picked off Campbell with less than 30 seconds left to secure a 15-13 win for the Pumas. That’s the closest any team has come to Wise during its streak. Only one other team got within a touchdown.
“I thought we played extremely well on defense,” Davis said of last year’s game. “They’re explosive and we kept them away from big plays and made them drive the field. That’s not something they typically do. Typically, they’re going to have four or five explosive plays a game.”
The Pumas are the highest-ranked public school team in Maryland — No. 4 in the state media poll behind No. 1 St. Frances, No. 2 Good Counsel and No. 3 DeMatha. Calvert Hall ranks 20th.
The Cardinals, who made it to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinals last season, rolled over St. Vincent Pallotti, 37-7, last week. Tucker ran for three touchdowns and sophomore cornerback Tre Jordan picked off two passes in the fourth quarter.
They also have a 30-0 win over Silver Oak, but the competition gets a lot tougher this week.
Parrish, a Howard graduate in his 13th season at Wise, has built the Prince George’s County program into one that outscored the competition 603-99 last season. The Pumas have won four 4A titles since 2012 and the past three by an average of 34 points, the closest being last year’s 38-20 win over Quince Orchard.
Wise opened the season last week with a 20-6 win over Camden, N.J. Williams, rated the No. 26 senior recruit in Maryland by 247Sports, threw for 123 yards and a touchdown while Bell ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns.
To Davis, this game is about which team can make the explosive plays — and maybe a lot of them.
“We’re going to need to score. I don’t think 13 or 15 points is going to do it for us this year,” Davis said. “We’re going to need sort of what they thrive off of. We’re going to need some explosive plays and we’re going to need to bang on them a little bit. I think if we’re the more physical team and we can make some explosive plays and keep them away from explosive plays, we’ve got a shot to win.”
Only two programs in Maryland have ever won more consecutive games than Wise. Urbana won 50 games between 1998 and 2001 and Howard won 47 between 1971 and 1975. City had a streak of 54 games without a loss between 1934 and 1941.
Lamar (Mo.) High has the longest active winning streak in the country at 51 after a 2-0 start.
OTHER GAMES TO WATCH
» Potomac at No. 5 Dunbar, Friday, 6 p.m.
» Meade at Arundel, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
» No. 3 Mount Saint Joseph at Good Counsel, Friday, 7 p.m.
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