Zach Abey threw for three touchdowns and senior back Avery Simmons rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns as No. 12 Archbishop Spalding High handled St. Mary's, 41-14, in a MIAA non-conference contest in Severn Friday evening.
Ronnie Bestwick caught five passes for 137 yards for the Cavaliers, who scored the game's first 27 points en route to their second victory in as many outings. The MIAA A program defeated Delaware Valley Charter last Friday evening at home.
Simmons got Spalding on the scoreboard with a three-yard run with 4 minutes, 48 seconds left in the opening period. Abey, an University of Buffalo commit, connected with Austin Luckhardt on a nine-yard pass and Beswick for a 74-yard score, giving the Cavaliers a 20-0 advantage.
Ryan Baublitz made it 27-0 with a three-yard score, but the Saints (1-1) crept back into contention. Omaryan White returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown and senior quarterback Jake Ellis found Liam Kelly for a 12-yard score, bringing the Annapolis school to 27-14 with 2:51 remaining in the first half.
The Cavaliers responded as Abey and Beswick connected for the fourth time in the young season, this time from 26 yards with just 15 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Simmons closed the scoring with an one-yard run in the fourth quarter.
The Cavaliers accumulated 461 offensive yards as Abey added 60 yards rushing. Dylan Jones led the defense with seven tackles and senior defensive linemen Melvin Gowl recorded two quarterback sacks. Alex Plotkin also had a quarterback sack.
Spalding will try for its first 3-0 start since 2009 as Delaware's Cape Henlopen travels to Anne Arundel County for a non-league matchup this coming Friday evening. St. Mary's welcomes Bullis School from Montgomery County Thursday evening in a non-league contest.
No. 12 Archbishop Spalding 41, St. Mary's 14
St. Mary's 0 14 0 0 - 14
Spalding 6 28 0 7 - 41
Spalding - Simmons 3 run (no attempt)
Spalding - Luckhardt 9 pass from Abey (Butts kick)
Spalding - Beswick 74 pass from Abey (Butts kick)
Spalding - Baublitz 3 run (Butts kick)
St. Mary's - White 88 kickoff return (Ellis kick)
St. Mary's - Kelly 12 pass from Ellis (Ellis kick)
Spalding - Beswick 26 pass from Abey (Butts kick)
Spalding - Simmons 1 run (Butts kick)
Last Updated (Sunday, 08 September 2013 19:22)