Cardinals rout Woodland Hills (PA) in Western Pennsylvania

An inauspicious start by its offense proved to be of little consequence for the Calvert Hall College football team, Saturday night in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, as the Cardinals rebounded to post a 44-20 season-opening win over host Woodland Hills.

The “Week Zero” match-up was part of the WPIAL (Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League) vs. Everyone Showcase, and the night did not start well for the Cardinals.

After punting on its first possession, Calvert Hall opened its second drive of the game at midfield. The Cardinals then drove to the Woodland Hills 38-yard line, before disaster struck.

The Wolverines’ Jeffrey Williams jumped the rout on a wide receiver screen, thrown by Calvert Hall quarterback Amir Jenkins, and raced 58 yards for an uncontested pick six with 4 minutes, 48 seconds left in the opening quarter. Woodland Hills failed on its two-point conversion attempt and settled for an early 6-0 lead.

Calvert Hall, however, responded immediately, driving 64 yards and scoring on a two-yard run by senior Raymond Glass, Jr., with 1:24 left in the opening period. Kieran O’Neil’s extra-point kick pushed Calvert Hall in front, 7-6.

The Hall never looked back.

In the second quarter, Jenkins atoned for his earlier interception with a 36-yard touchdown pass to senior Cole Herbert. The Cardinal kickoff team then pinned the Wolverines inside their own five-yard line before Omari Lewis came up with a tackle in the end zone for a safety and two more points for Calvert Hall.

Following the ensuing free possession kick, the Cardinals took over near midfield and scored again on a 50-yard touchdown run by senior running back Sean Tucker, stretching their lead to 23-6, an advantage they eventually carried into intermission.

In the third quarter, Calvert Hall senior defensive end Connor Icard blocked a Woodland Hills punt deep in Wolverine territory. The ball was then fielded by Herbert, who returned in 12 yards to the 1. From there, Jenkins scored on a sneak as the Cardinal lead grew to 30-6.

Later in the quarter the Cardinals took possession at their own 45 and covered all 55 yards in two plays, both long runs by Glass, including a 19-yard TD run, moving the Calvert Hall lead to 37-6.

In the fourth, Woodland Hills got back on the board and again it was Williams making a big play for the Wolverines. Williams took an inside hand-off on a misdirection play and broke loose for an 83-yard touchdown run. Donte Gant added a 2-point run, cutting Woodland Hill’s deficit to 37-14, with 7:06 to play.

Later in the final quarter, Woodland Hills got a little closer on a 71-yard run by Taelen Brooks, before the Cardinals closed out their first win of 2019 with a two-yard touchdown run by David Vucci in the final minute of the contest.

Calvert Hall returns to action Friday evening as they travel to Fairland Regional Park in Laurel for a non-league match with St. Vincent Pallotti, which reached the MIAA B Conference final last season. Pallotti defeated West Toronto, 20-0, in Canada on Friday in its opener.

CH 7 16 14 0 — 44
WH 6 0 0 14 — 20

WH – Jeffrey Williams 58 interception return (pass failed)
CH – Raymond Glass, Jr. 2 run (Kieran O’Neil kick)

CH – Cole Herbert 36 pass from Amir Jenkins (O’Neil kick)
CH – Safety: Omari Lewis tacked running back in the end zone
CH – Sean Tucker 50 run (O’Neil kick)

CH – Jenkins 1 run (O’Neill kick)
CH – Glass 19 run (O’Neill kick)

WH – Williams 83 run (Donte Gant)
WH – Taelen Brooks 71 run (pass failed)
CH – David Vucci 2 run (O’Neill kick)