No. 4 Spalding avoids Hurricane Dorian, slams Bishop Moore; Young scores 3 TDs


No. 4 Spalding took care of business in Florida Friday evening as the Cavaliers routed Orlando’s Bishop Moore, 56-14. The Cavaliers are 2-0 for the first time since 2014. (photo – Spalding Football)

As Hurricane Dorian approached Florida early last week, Archbishop Spalding High football team feared another match with Orlando’s Bishop Moore would be cancelled. The powerful storm skirted the Florida coast and the Cavaliers were able to make their way to the Sunshine State for a non-league contest Friday evening.

The No. 4 Cavaliers proved to be a force of nature, routing Bishop Moore, 56-14. Junior quarterback Austin Tutas threw for 229 yards and a touchdown for Spalding, and Quinton Young ran for three scores.

The Severn school scored the game’s first 21 points en route to its first 2-0 start since 2014. Junior running back Jayon Venerable rushed for 79 yards and two scores.

It’s the Cavaliers’ second straight victory over Bishop Moore (1-2), ranked No. 8 in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Spalding won, 41-18, in Severn after the teams’ first schedule meeting in 2017 was cancelled because Hurricane Irma kept Bishop Moore in Florida.

Last year, Hurricane Florence brought heavy rain and high winds to Maryland, but Bishop Moore was able to fly in and play the game. The Cavaliers departed Thursday morning for Florida.

Spalding, ranked 6th in the Maryland state media Top 25 poll, was all business Friday. Venerable, who’s committed to Maryland, scored from 5 yards out to cap the opening drive of the match. Young followed with scoring runs of 2 and 13 yards, putting the Cavaliers in command.

They led 35-7 at halftime as Tutas connected with junior Bryson Carter for a 72-yard score and Shamar Smith’s 3-yard run. Young (8 yards) and Venerable (27 yards) added scoring runs in the second half, and Nick Gutierrez threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Jordan Pennick.

The Cavaliers are back in Maryland as they go to Montgomery County for a non-league contest with Bullis School, ranked 15th in the state media poll, Friday evening.

No. 4 Archbishop Spalding 56, Bishop Moore (FL) 14

First quarter

Spalding – Jayon Venerable 5 run (kick failed)

Spalding – Quinton Young 2 run (Bryson Carter pass from Austin Tutas)

Spalding – Young 13 run (Ethan McCormick kick)

Second quarter

Bishop Moore – Bryce McGill 1 run (Kyle Garzon kick)

Spalding – Carter 72 pass from Tutas (McCormick kick)

Spalding – Shamar Smith 3 run (McCormick kick)

Third quarter

Spalding – Young 8 run (McCormick kick)

Bishop Moore – Dylan Brazil 29 pass from McGill (Garzon kick)

Fourth quarter

Spalding – Venerable 27 run (Cory Butts kick)

Spalding – Jordan Pennick 24 pass from Nick Gutierrez (Butts kick)