Chance Campbell’s early fumble recovery and pick six spark Calvert Hall’s 35-0 rout of No. 3 Mount St. Joseph
Calvert Hall coach Donald Davis likes to talk about his coach on the field, senior linebacker Chance Campbell.
Davis also likes to brag about his assistant coaches, and was happy to point out that his defensive coordinator, Vernon Southwick, implemented a terrific game plan in the No. 8 Cardinals’ 35-0 rout of third-ranked Mount St. Joseph on Friday night in Towson.
“See that guy over there,?” Davis asked, pointing at Southwick. “He got the shut out. Not me.”
As Davis well knows, shutting out the Gaels is not something that is easily done.
When asked if he could have imagined blanking such a quality opponent, Campbell said he and his mates were well prepared for the game.
“We hoped so,” he said. “We thought we might have a chance. They’re a fantastic team. I’m not sure we knew it would happen, but it was awesome seeing it happen at the end of the game.”
Campbell and Southwick were both on their games against the Gaels, as both teams are now 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.
“We put in some some schemes and Chance made sure we were in the right defenses,” Southwick said.
Campbell was practically a one-man show in the first quarter after Calvert Hall’s long scoring drive, capped by a 3-yard run by sophomore running back Sean Tucker, gave the home team a 7-0 advantage.
First, the Maryland commit recovered a fumble and returned it to the Gaels’ 15-yard line to set up a 2-yard TD run by senior Jordan McLaughlin.
Moments later, Campbell intercepted a pass and ran it back 35 yards for a 21-0 lead, and the rout was on.
“He prepares like a coach,” Davis said about Campbell. “And that puts him a step ahead. And when you’re a step ahead, and you have great athleticism, that’s the byproduct.”
Mount St. Joseph coach Rich Holzer knew that his team was in trouble in the early going.
“We only had two offensive plays in the first quarter after they had that long scoring drive,” Holzer said.
Junior quarterback Mike Campbell, who is not related to Chance Campbell, chipped in with a pair of touchdown tosses to junior wideout Cole Herbert for 5 yards and to senior wideout Chris Cooper on a 26-yarder, which set off the mercy-rule running clock with 11 minutes, 27 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Senior defensive back Pierce Robinson, Cooper and senior linebacker Luke Firlie also had interceptions for the Cardinals.
“Week by week by week, I think we’re getting a little bit better,” Davis said. “Every day, our guys are working extremely had. They’re coming together.”
Pictured above: Calvert Hall’s Chance Campbell was a 1-man wrecking crew in the first quarter, recovering a fumble, scoring on a pick-six and recording to sacks as he led the Cardinals to a 35-0 shutout.
No. 8 CALVERT HALL 35, NO. 3 MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 0
MSJ 0 0 0 0 — 0
CHC 21 7 7 7 — 35
CH-Sean Tucker 3 run (Brandon Reynolds kick)
CH-Jordan McLaughlin 2 run (Brandon Reynolds kick)
CH-Chance Campbell 35 interception (Brandon Reynolds kick)
CH-Cole Herbert 5 pass from Mike Campbell (Brandon Reynolds kick)
CH-Chris Cooper 26 pass from Mike Campbell (Brandon Reynolds kick)