When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Outlook: No. 2 McDonogh will travel to Paul Angelo Russo Stadium to play No. 3 Calvert Hall in a pivotal game for both teams. The Cardinals a tied for first in the MIAA A standings with Georgetown Prep while the Eagles have fallen to 1-2.

Calvert Hall needs the win to keep pace with Prep, the team that handed the Cardinals their only loss of the season.  Last week, they rebounded with a 33-2 rout of Largo from Prince George’s County.  The Calvert Hall defense recorded four sacks, while Will Johnson, Stephen Kelly, Emmanuel Holder and Travon Barnes all intercepted passes.  Both Holder and Barnes returned their picks for scores.

McDonogh needs the win to stay in the race altogether.  With just one game left, next Saturday at No. 1 Gilman, the Eagles will have to pull two straight upsets.  Last week, Georgetown Prep beat host McDonogh, 13-12, after Little Hoya Bobby Gribbin blocked the tying extra point late in the fourth.

In that game, QB Joel Jorgenson went 18-for-30 passing for 258 yards and two touchdowns.  Trailing 13-6 late, Jorgenson hit Jabari Weems from four-yards out to cut the lead to one point with 35.8 seconds to play.  But the blocked extra point doomed the Eagles comeback.

Last season, McDonogh defeated Calvert Hall, 7-0.  Eagles QB Rudy Johnson (Buffalo) scored on a one-yard touchdown run for McDonogh, whose defense pitched a shutout by limiting Calvert Hall to just 128 yards offense.