TOWSON,MD --- For as long as I can remember, Calvert Hall has always been one of the top schools in the Baltimore area. They have one of the best facilities in the area, where they often defend very well but not this weekend.
You might have to go back to the 1999 season, where the Cardinals allowed 40+ points four times to find another more embarrassing loss than the 42-7 defeat they suffered to Archbishop Spalding.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals were looking at a 35-0 deficit, which started the run on clock, which is uncommon territory for the MIAA powerhouse.
"If we can jump people early, that's our goal," said Spalding head coach Kyle Schmitt. "When you can score early, things began to mount and [for us] things start going really well."
For Spalding this was their 5th win of the season. Coach Schmitt gave his guys the day off Saturday because his grandmother's 90th birthday -- and we would like to wish her a Happy Birthday -- but also because their defense played very well. Calvert Hall's lone touchdown did not come until 8 minutes remaining in the game.
The Cardinals made some big plays on offense but their drives were killed by stupid penalties and solid defense by Spalding. Spalding's defense has been overlooked but coach Schmitt jokingly said "we're going to keep it that way"
To begin the third quarter, the Cardinals drove the ball all the way down to the 3-yard line but was stopped by the Cavs' goal line stand. The Cavaliers offense would then drive the ball 97 yards down the field, quarterback Evan Fochtman throwing 4 straight completions and the TD to sophomore Jamari Jones.
Fochtman was unstoppable in this game. He finished the with four passing touchdowns and 2 rushing. Calvert Hall could not defend the read option and Fochtman took full advantage of it. Coach Schmitt compared him to their 2013 Baltimore Sun All-Met Player of the Year, Zach Abey, who was a dual-threat quarterback that scored 29 total touchdowns (19 rushing 10 Passing).
Fochtman is probably a better passer than Abey -- in fact, I'll bet money that he is the better passer. Only a junior, Fochtman has great touch and knows how to throw on the run, another reason why he makes this offense so hard to defend. Early in the second quarter, he connected with senior receiver Christopher Bradford for his third touchdown of the game, Bradford's second, lofting the ball right over the corner backs head. Bradford never had to slow down.
I would have to consider Spalding as one of the better offenses I have seen this season. Other than Woodberry Forest, I don't think there is another school that use the no-huddle offense better than them. They have playmakers on the outside with Jones, Bradford, and David Harding, who had the best play of the day that didn't count. Then you add Rylan Sweetney in the backfield who runs with the perfect mixture of elusiveness and power, it's hard to contain them. And don't forget about that offensive line, giving both Fochtman and Sweetney room to operate.
Next they have another MIAA powerhouse, Gilman Greyhounds. In their last 5 games, Gilman has outscored their opponents 225-62. Spalding will look for it's first victory over the Greyhound since joining the MIAA A Conference in 2010.