Gilman’s young football team had built early leads against MIAA powers Mount St. Joseph and St. Frances, earlier this season, before fading and losing both contests. Friday at No. 9 Calvert Hall a similar scenario played out, however, this time it was much more heart-breaking for the Greyhounds, who fell to the Cardinals, 24-17, in overtime, in A Conference action.
Similar to the 10-0 lead it took against St. Frances one week ago, Gilman (1-6, 0-3) got out to a 14-0 advantage on the Cardinals, as Matthew Lee scored on a 12-yard pass from quarterback Purnell Hill and junior Brandon Madison rushed for a 19-yard touchdown.
Both Gilman scores were setup by defensive turnovers, a fumble recovery by Thomas Booker and an interception by Jeremy Cranston.
Calvert Hall (5-3, 1-2) struggled for much of the night against the Gilman defense, but did get on the board with a 17-yard touchdown run by B.J. Watson in the second quarter. Gilman’s lead grew back to 10 points with a 25-yard field goal from Adero Mandala to put the Greyhounds up 17-7, at the half.
In the second half, Calvert Hall’s defense stepped up its intensity, shutting down the Greyhounds and giving the offense, led by sophomore quarterback Emmett Avery, making his first varsity start, an opportunity to battle back.
The Cardinals moved within striking distance with a 28-yard field goal from Jeffrey Kordenbrook, early in the final quarter, before tying the contest with a 1-yard touchdown run by Avery with less than a minute to play in the contest. Avery kept the final drive alive with an 11-yard completion to Kam Brooks on a fourth-and-five snap, prior to the touchdown.
Avery then continued his heroics with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Gravette on the first play of overtime. It proved to be the game-winner when the Cardinal defense kept the Greyhounds from getting an equalizing score.
Although neither team will figure into the MIAA A Conference championship picture this fall, the Gilman-Calvert Hall rivalry remains one of the most intriguing in the league, with so many memorable games and moments. This chapter fits the same mold.