Mount Carmel rolls Annapolis Area Christian, moves into position for MIAA C football crown; House throws 3 TD passes

Calvin House helped Our Lady of Mount Carmel take a step towards history Saturday. The senior quarterback threw for three touchdowns as the Cougars routed Annapolis Area Christian School for first in the MIAA C Conference.

by Donald Daniels

If Saturday’s 36-0 victory over Annapolis Area Christian School is an indicator, the future is bright for Our Lady of Mount Carmel football.

“It has been a work in progress all year,” Mount Carmel first-year coach Devin Redd said. “I told to focus on things that they could control, attitude discipline and effort. We are on a championship run, they [AACS] held in check for a bit, but the guys stepped up and we got it done.”

The victory leaves the Cougars (5-3 overall) as the lone undefeated in the MIAA C Conference at 2-0. The Essex school can claim its first football title with a victory over St. John’s Catholic Prep (1-1 MIAA C) this weekend at Eastern Regional Park.

Saturday in Severn, Mount Carmel served notice against Annapolis Area Christian (1-6, 1-1 MIAA C), which has three MIAA C crowns since 2015. The swarming Cougar defense came up with six turnovers and 11 tackles for loss.

The offense was led by senior signal caller Calvin House who threw for 187 yards passing and three touchdowns. Xavier Essex finished with 108 yards passing for the Eagles.

“Heading into this game we just talked about sticking with the script, staying within the gameplan and executing,” House said.

After getting a safety to open the scoring, the Cougars got possession with the free kick. House capped off a 5-play drive off with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kamryn Connelly for an 8-0 lead.

The Cougars’ opportunistic defense struck again midway in the second. Sophomore Jaiden Coa scooped up an Eagle fumble and scrambled into the end zone from 20 yards.

“The guys really showed their composure and the guys really reposed to keep them out of the endzone,” Redd said.

Three minutes later, House hit Deon Perry for a 25-yard score and Andre Jenkins on ran up the middle for the 2-point conversion, giving Mount Carmel a commanding 24-0 halftime lead. Daquan Dorsey juked past a AACS defender for a 9-yard rushing score in the third.

House threw his third scoring pass – a 10-yarder to junior Shajuan Rice – to start a running clock with two minutes left in the third.

“I was just playing with the system,” House said. “I just kept taking what the defense gave me and the other guys stepped up and made great plays.”

Annapolis Area Christian was primed to strike first Saturday as Anthony Wiseman connected with Devin Ahmed for a 54-yard completion to Mount Carmel’s 15-yard line. Dorsey and Gary Exum drove the Eagles back with consecutive sacks to force a punt.

Annapolis Area’s next drive ended with a Perry interception. It got worse for the Eagles, who mishandled the punt snap resulting in a safety.

Despite the loss, Annapolis Area Christian is still in championship contention. The Eagles must beat Severn School next week and St. John’s Catholic defeat Mount Carmel to create a three-way tie for the title.

“We didn’t play as well as should have today, but we still have a lot in front of us, we just need execute better,” Eagles coach Mike Lynn said.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel 36, Annapolis Area Christian School 0

Mount Carmel 2 22 12 036

AACS 0 0 0 00

First quarter

Mount Carmel – Safety

Second quarter

Mount Carmel- Connelly 13-yard pass from House (conversion failed)

Mount Carmel – Coa 20 fumble recovery (House run)

Mount Carmel – Perry 25 pass from House (Jenkins run)

Third quarter

Mount Carmel – Dorsey 9 run (conversion failed)

Moun t Carmel -Rice 10 pass from House (conversion failed)