Both defenses came to play, Friday night at McDonogh School, as the No. 4 Eagles hosted MIAA A Conference rival Calvert Hall College, and eventually grounded a 21-0 victory, on a beautiful evening in Owings Mills.
Calvert Hall (3-4 overall, 1-2 MIAA A) put itself in a tough spot early, as the Cardinals fumbled away the football on their first possession of the night, allowing the Eagles to start their first drive in the red zone. However, the Calvert Hall defense rose to the occasion and got a turnover on downs.
McDonogh (4-2, 2-1 MIAA A), however, did not relinquish the advantage it had in field position as the two teams began to trade punts. After missing a field goal attempt, the Eagles finally broke through in the second quarter when Mylique McGriff returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 McDonogh lead.
McDonogh doubled its lead in the third quarter when quarterback Jansen Durham connected with BJ Farrare for a 35-yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles a 14-0 advantage. Later in the quarter, Calvert Hall reached the McDonogh eight yard line, but hurt itself with another fumble, giving the ball back to the Eagles.
McGriff then iced the win with an 8-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
McDonogh will travel to No. 8 Archbishop Spalding next Friday night, while Calvert Hall will host No. 3 Mount St. Joseph, also on Friday night.