Loyola/Calvert Hall centennial battle kicks off holiday weekend


Loyola Blakefield’s campus is ready for the 100th game with Calvert Hall College Thursday morning at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

by Derek Toney

The Thanksgiving weekend brings the next-to-last weekend of the area high school football season.

Thanksgiving morning brings the historic 100th game between Calvert Hall College and Loyola Blakefield. The state public postseason resumes Friday and Saturday with state semifinal action.

Here’s the preview of the six weekend games.

Loyola quarterback Jordan Moore will try to give the Dons their 50th victory in the Turkey Bowl. Loyola leads the series, 49-42-8, but has lost the last five decisions to Calvert Hall.

No. 7 Calvert Hall College (8-3) vs. No. 6 Loyola Blakefield (8-1)

What: 100th Turkey Bowl

When: Thursday, 10 a.m.

Where: Towson University

What you need to know: It’s the Centennial in one of the nation’s top high school Thanksgiving rivalry matches. The Dons lead the series, 49-42-8, but Calvert Hall has won five in a row and nine of the last 10, including a 40-7 rout last Thanksgiving at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The Dons, enjoying their best season since its historic 11-0 run to the MIAA A Conference championship and area’s No. 1 ranking, may be primed for a return to the win column. Loyola last played Nov. 2 against Prince George’s County’s Largo.

Loyola has the area’s most dynamic quarterback in junior Jordan Moore, who has several weapons including seniors Kaire Umoja (running back) and wideout Keegan Pross. Junior defensive back Joshua Buck (nine sacks), Umoja (eight) and sophomore linebacker Anto Saka anchors the Dons’ defense.

Calvert Hall last played Nov. 9, falling to eventual champ Mount St. Joseph in the MIAA A semifinals. The Cardinals will look to Syracuse University commit and Sean Tucker to spark the offense while juniors Mike Johnson (linebacker) and defensive Chidi Ejoh (11 sacks) lead the defense.

 

Trevin Ewing had a huge game for Elkton in last weekend’s Class 2A state quarterfinals. The No. 11 and undefeated Elks host Frederick County’s Middletown Friday evening in Cecil County.

Middletown (10-2) at No. 11 Elkton (12-0)

What: Class 2A state semifinal

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

What you need to know: Elkton looks to move closer to its first state title since 2000. The Elks pounded then-No. 17 Liberty in last weekend’s quarterfinals as quarterback Nolan Null threw for 303 yards and five touchdowns, and senior Trevin Ewing finished with five catches for 225 yards and three scores.

Middletown got four touchdowns from Reese Poffenbarger in a 28-14 victory over previously undefeated North Caroline 0f Caroline County. The Lancers of Frederick County last reached the state semifinals in 2013 when they completed a three-peat as 2A state champs.

 

Junior linebacker Xavier Shell has helped Mervo to eight shutout victories this season. The fourth-ranked and undefeated Mustangs play at Frederick County’s Linganore in a 3A state semifinal Friday night.

No. 5 Mervo (12-0) at Linganore (11-1)

What: Class 3A state semifinal

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

What you need to know: Mervo will try to secure its first state final berth. The Mustangs overcame their first deficit of the season, getting two second half touchdown passes from senior quarterback Kelin Kimbrough in a 16-6 victory over Westminster in last weekend’s state quarterfinal.

Linganore stopped North Point from Southern Maryland last weekend on Brady Domroe’s touchdown with 2 minutes, 16 seconds left in regulation. The Frederick County school, ranked 12th in the state media poll, seeks its third straight 3A final after losing at the buzzer to Franklin last year and rallying from a 19-0 first half deficit to beat Milford Mill in 2017.

 

Timothy Welch (left), Darius Broach and Gerrell Johnson were part of New Town’s impressive effort last weekend against previously undefeated Prince George’s County’s Douglass in last weekend’s 2A state quarterfinals. The No. 15 Titans play at Potomac in Prince George’s Friday evening in a 2A state semifinal.

No. 15 New Town (9-3) at Potomac (10-2)

What: Class 2A state semifinal

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

What you need to know: New Town returns to Prince George’s County after upsetting 2A top-seed Douglass-Prince George’s in last week’s quarterfinal. The Titans’ defense was able to keep Douglass out of the end zone after two fourth quarter trips inside their 6-yard line before Samuel Okezie-imo’s field goal won it in overtime.

Potomac defeated then-No. 11 Milford Mill Academy in Baltimore County last weekend as Dominique Anthony threw three scoring passes to Amaree Beynum. The Wolverines are looking for their first state final berth since 2005.

 

 

Old Mill, courtesy of Joey Graves’ running and Nate Fleming’s blocking, is back in the 4A state semifinals. The 16th-ranked Patriots play at Prince George’s County powerhouse and undefeated Henry A. Wise Friday night.

No. 16 Old Mill (10-2) at Henry A. Wise (12-0)

What: Class 4A state semifinal

When: 7 p.m.

What you need to know: Old Mill looks to return to the state final for the first time since 2014, but will have to beat one of the state’s elite programs. The Patriots ended previously undefeated Parkville’s run in last weekend’s state quarterfinals as Joey Graves ran for two scores and the Anne Arundel squad rushed for nearly 300 yards.

Wise, ranked No. 7 in the state media Top 25 poll, has won three of the last four 4A state titles. The Pumas, coached by former Howard High and Wake Forest star DaLawn Parrish, have one of the state’s top juniors in wide receiver/defensive back Jalil Farooq.

 

Joshua Carr (left), Deon Crews-Harris and John Thomas have Dunbar on the cusp of a 14th state final berth. The No. 10 Poets play Cambridge-South Dorchester at Sugar Cain Field in East Baltimore Saturday afternoon.

Cambridge-South Dorchester at No. 10 Dunbar (11-1)

What: Class 1A state semifinal

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Sugar Cain Field

What you need to know: The Poets are in the state semifinals for the 21st time. The Baltimore City school routed Perryville in last weekend’s state quarterfinals as quarterback Karon Moore accounted for five touchdowns.

Cambridge-South Dorchester ended Edmondson’s season with a 36-26 quarterfinal victory last weekend. Khalik Beasley (1,396 yards rushing, 20 TDs) is the main offensive threat for the Vikings, who last reached the state final in 1996.