First-year starting quarterback Thomas Stuart, a junior, threw for 257 yards and scores of seven and six yards, respectively, to senior Joe Carroll and junior Trevor Williams, the latter of whom also scored on a 55-yard punt return as visiting third-ranked Calvert Hall blanked MIAA A Conference rival Mount St. Joseph, 28-0, in Saturday’s clash of unbeatens.
“No. 1, we’re fortunate. Winning any game in the A Conference is a tremendous feat, but we just beat a good ball club in Mount St. Joseph. [First-year Mount St. Joseph] coach Blake Henry definitely got it going over here, and they’re definitely going to do a tremendous job from now until the end of this season and in the years to come,” said fourth-year coach Donald Davis, whose Cardinals (5-0 overall, 1-0 league) are off to their best start in his tenure.
“It was an overall, great team effort for us here, and that starts with my coaching staff. From offense to defense, and to do what our guys were able to do on special teams, we put together a nice game plan. We came out, we executed what we wanted to do early on from an offensive standpoint, and we put up a quick score,” said Davis. “Then, our defense didn’t break. Turnovers created some situations for us to have a short field, and our special teams personell came up with some big returns and covered the kicks very well. Our guy snapped it, and we covered the field as we have all season long.”
Stuart staked the Cardinals to a 14-0 first quarter lead, spreading the ball to seven different receivers, including junior C.J. Williams (seven receptions, 127 yards), whose sack and pass disruption led a defense which recorded its second straight shutout.
“This feels great. They’re a solid team. They beat Fort Hill, Edmondson and McNamara coming into today. They were missing [injured defensive back] Devonte Jones, but their secondary, I thought, still really played well. Our receivers just really caught the ball well today — Adrian Amos, Trevor Williams, and, also, C.J. Williams, out of the backfield, he really caught the ball well,” said Stuart.
“The line blocked pretty good all day. Ben Curtis, our left tackle, was taking their big guys out of the game. And the defense played well in general. They shut them out,” said Stuart, who transferred from Good Counsel over the summer. “Last year, I really didn’t get to play much. This year, as the starter, it’s just so much fun. I’ve never had so much fun in my life.”
UCONN-bound senior Adrian Amos had a tackle for lost yardage and a pass disruption, juniors Ky Reinhardt and Travon Barnes disrupted passes, senior John Casparriello and junior Emmanuel Holder registered one sack each, senior Dan Yarbororough (5-foot-10, 280 pounds) had a tackle for lost yardage, junior Mark Rasmussen recovered a fumble, and, Jamal Goodman, a muffed punt for the Cardinals, who were coming off of a 55-0 shutout of Havre de Grace.
“We had a great game today, but we still see room for improvement and there are definitely areas where we need to get better and we can get better. We’re just trying to get better each game and take another step forward,” said C.J. Williams.
“Last year, we didn’t start fast in a lot of games, but our main goal this year was to start fast,” said C.J. Williams. “We knew, offensively, that they were blitzing on first-down a lot, so we would just float the ball and hit them over the top.”
After forcing Mount St. Joseph to punt ending its initial drive from its own 33-yard line, Stuart completed a first-down, 52-yard pass to C.J. Williams at the Gaels’ four-yard line.
Two plays later, Stuart scored from a yard out, and Matt Levis completed his first of four extra point kicks to make it 7-0 at 9:40 of the first quarter.
“I was a little nervous coming into the game because I have butterflies before every game. But I was especially nervous before a great, big game like this,” said Stuart. “But we really wanted to come in and win one in the conference, so it was important to get off to a good start like we did.”
Trevor Williams then made it 14-0 with with 3:26 left in the period, fielding the punt and darting down the Cavert Hall sideline.
“I trusted my speed, basically, and was able to make some guys miss,” said Trevor Williams. “I really wanted to take matters into my own hands.”
Calvert Hall made it 21-0 with 12.8 seconds remaining in the first half, this, following Carroll’s seven-yard scoring reception that was set up by a nice, leaping 17-yard catch by 6-foot-1 sophomore Kyle Levere with a defender on his back.
“This was just a case of really everybody on the team stepping up,” said Trevor Williams, who made a six-yard touchdown catch with 5:37 left in the third quarter. “Adrian Amos had a clutch pass in the second half. Like C.J. said, we started early and were able to keep the pressure on and finish it off.”
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|No. 3 Calvert Hall 28, No. 19 Mount St. Joe 0|
|CH-Stuart 1 run (Levis kick)|
|CH-T. Williams 55 punt return (Levis kick)|
|CH-Carroll 7 pass from Stuart (Levis kick)|
|CH-T. Williams 6 pass from Stuart (Levis kick)|