Madison’s huge afternoon and a blocked punt key the Greyhounds 35-28 upset


After building a 28-14 second half lead, host Gilman appeared as if it might have to settle for overtime in its MIAA A Conference football battle with No. 7 Calvert Hall, Friday in Roland Park, when the Cardinals rallied for two third quarter scores to tie the game.

Gilman’s special teams, however, blocked a punt with less than a minute to play, setting a up a 1-yard touchdown run by Spanky Dixon, with just 35-seconds left, lifting Gilman to a 35-28 upset victory.

The team’s played a scoreless first quarter, but combined for 35 points in the second, with Gilman’s Brandon Madison scoring three of his four touchdowns in the contest.

Madison, who rushed for 118 yards, opened the scoring with 1-yard run. Calvert Hall countered with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Mike Campbell to Chris Cooper.

The teams traded scores again, as Madison went 77-yards with a pass from Purnell Hill to push Gilman back on top, but Calvert Hall tied it on a 1-yard TD run by Sean Tucker.

The Greyhounds seized the momentum going into a half on a 7-yard touchdown run by Madison and he gave Gilman a commanding 28-14 advantage with a 55-yard run early in the third quarter. The Cardinals battled back with a 13-yard TD run by Tariq Fields and a 24-yard touchdown run by Tucker, who finished the day with a game-high 121-yards rushing and two scores.

Hill was 8-for-17 for 193 yards and Campbell was 15-for-29 for 194 years. Each quarterback had one touchdown pass and one interception.

The result was huge for both teams as they try be one of the four teams that qualify for the MIAA A Conference playoffs, which return this fall for the first time since 2012. Gilman (2-4 overall) is now 1-1 in the league, which puts the Greyhounds in a three-way tie for third place with McDonogh and Archbishop Spalding, while Calvert Hall (4-3 overall) fell to 1-2 in the conference and into sixth place. St. Frances leads the league at 3-0 and Mount St. Joseph is second at 2-1.

This Friday St. Frances will travel to Patterson Park to take the challenge of No. 1 St. Frances, which continues to climb in the national rankings, while Calvert Hall will be at home for a critical, potentially must-win game with Archbishop Spalding.

Picture above: Gilman’s Brandon Madison who rushed for three scores and went 77-yards with a touchdown reception.