It was another day at the office for No.1 Gilman, Friday, as they took care of business and knocked off visiting Calvert Hall on a chilly Friday afternoon in Roland Park.
Gilman’s Kai Locksley, who was as cool as the other side of the pillow, led the Greyhound offense with his 176 total yards, with one rushing touchdown and two in the air, against a tough and fired up CHC defense.
Locksley got the game started with his first of two passing TD’s, when he hit his running back Taylor Swindell on a 5-yard touchdown pass to put the Greyhounds up 7-0.
Just before Gilman’s drive down the field, the game was delayed for 30 minutes, when Calvert Hall junior cornerback Bryan Marine made a hard tackle on Gilman running back Dorian Maddox. Marine received an inadvertent knee to the head area before going down. Marine sustained a head/neck injury and was transported to a local hospital, but he was released later in the evening, according to Calvert Hall head coach Donald Davis.
“I know he took a pretty good shot to the head,” Davis said shortly after the game.
“We hope that he’s okay and pray for his health,” Locksley said, “but we had to go out there and be relentless and leave everything out on the field.”
After the injury to Marine, the Cardinals (4-5, 1-3) were fired up and scored on the next drive on a 6-yard run from running back Kevin Thomas. Thomas ran for 93 yards on the day for CHC.
“We came out with some great passion and emotion,” Davis said, commenting on the way his players were able to settle down after the injury and keep the game close in the first-half.
After a 20-yard field goal by Cardinal kicker Jake Soriano, the Cardinals took a 9-7 lead over Gilman.
However, that was short-lived as Gilman was able to put another touchdown on the board to close out the first-half, when Locksley ran in a 20-yard quarterback option.
At halftime, Gilman led 15-9 and went on to prevail, shutting out the Cardinals in the second-half.
Locksley opened up the second-half with an 82-yard screen pass to running back Antonio Depree putting the Greyhounds up 23-9.
“We all came together as a unit and moved the ball the rest of the game,” Locksley said, commenting on how his coaches and he had to make second-half adjustments against a tough CHC defense, which had a good game plan for Locksley coming into Friday’s game.
Gilman added two more touchdowns on a 17-yard running TD by Maddox and a 62-yard run from Bijan Rhett. Rhett ran for 119 yards on the day.
Gilman (6-2 overall) is now 4-0 in MIAA A Conference play.
The Greyhounds look to keep the streak going, as they take on St. Frances Academy (4-5, 2-2) next Saturday at 4:00 at Patterson Park. Calvert Hall looks to rebound, as they take on Archbishop Spalding (6-2, 3-1) next Friday under the lights at Calvert Hall with a 7:00 p.m. kickoff.