Calvert Hall crushes Silver Oak in football opener



Calvert Hall football coach Donald Davis awaits Silver Oak Academy after Saturday’s season opening contest at Russo Stadium. The Cardinals’ 45-0 victory gave Davis his 100th career win.

Donald Davis knew at a young age he wanted to be a football coach.

“By the time I got to high school I was one of those kids that was drawing up plays and saying ‘hey, we can run this or we can run that,” said Davis. “When I got to college, I told my coach I wanted to be involved in coaching.”

Davis got his opportunity, first at Cardinal Gibbons, before returning to his high school alma-mater Calvert Hall College. Saturday at Russo Stadium, Davis reached the 100-win plateau as the Cardinals routed Silver Oak Academy, 45-0.

Six different players scored for The Hall as Pierce Robinson returned an interception 99 yards and Chris Cottone went 6-for-6 in extra points. It was the Towson school’s first season-opening shutout win since 2014 (defeated California’s Irvine).

Davis, in his 11th season at Calvert Hall (15th overall), received a celebratory water dumping from his players after the post-game handshakes. His family, several former Calvert Hall and Gibbons players and coaches and his youth football coaches were in attendance Saturday.

Davis said the players and coaches like former Dunbar and Morgan State coach Stan Mitchell (was Davis’ youth coach), former Cardinal coach and current Calvert Hall athletic director Lou Eckerl and longtime Johns Hopkins coach Jim Margraff had profound effect in his coaching journey The 2000 Hopkins grad is the ninth current area coach with at least 100 victories.

Davis (100-61) was humbled to reach the 100th win milestone at Calvert Hall, where he’s a 1996 graduate.

“Having the opportunity to play here under Lou Eckerl, Bill Mackley, Mel Filer, John Donatelli and all those guys that I played for here, and be able to come back and coach kids and be the steward of the program is a blessing,” said Davis, whose 70 victories is second-most in program history behind legendary Cardinal coach Augie Miceli (100 victories, three MSA A titles in 14 seasons).

The Cardinals path to Davis’ milestone Saturday was anti-climatic. Defensive scores from Anthony Anderson (fumble recovery in end zone) and Robinson along with a five-yard run from Sean Tucker staked the hosts to a 24-0 halftime lead. Caleb Biggers (59 yards) , Ethan McCarthy (five) and Mike Campbell (35) each had scoring runs in the second half.

Calvert Hall welcomes Baltimore County 4A/3A league contender Dundalk to Russo Stadium Saturday evening.

Calvert Hall College 45, Silver Oak Academy 0

Silver Oak 0 0 0 0 – 0

Calvert Hall 7 17 14 7 – 45

First quarter

Calvert Hall – Anderson fumble recovery in end zone (Cottone kick)

Second quarter

Calvert Hall – Tucker 5 run (Cottone kick)

Calvert Hall – Robinson 99 interception return (Cottone kick)

Calvert Hall – Reynolds 30 field goal

Third quarter

Calvert Hall – Biggers 59 run (Cottone kick)

Calvert Hall – McCarthy 5 run (Cottone kick)

Fourth quarter

Calvert Hall – Campbell 35 run (Cottone kick)