Gilman knocks off No. 15 Concordia in overtime; No. 3 St. Joe and No. 4 McDonogh also impress; No. 5 Spalding falls to New Jersey power Don Bosco Prep

The first games of the 2022 high school football season got underway on Friday, all involving MIAA teams. In fact, four teams, No. 2 Calvert Hall, No. 3 Mount St. Joseph, No. 4 McDonogh, No. 5 Archbishop Spalding and No. 15 Concordia Prep, from the Baltimore Banner/Varsity Sports Network Top 15, all were in action.

Here is a recap of the action from opening night:

No. 2 Calvert Hall 41, St. Michael the Archangel (VA) 6

Calvert Hall quarterback Noah Brannock, a William & Mary commit, threw two touchdown passes in the final four minutes of the first half, to break a scoreless deadlock, and then threw for three more scores in the second half, to lead No. 2 Calvert Hall to a 41-6 rout of Virginia’s St. Michael the Archangel, as the Cardinals opened their season with a win, Friday night in Towson.

Chris Hewitt was on the receiving end for the first two touchdowns and the Calvert Hall defense added a late touchdown with the return of a fumble recovery.

Gilman 27, No. 15 Concord Prep 21, OT

Gilman football hosted defending MIAA B Conference champion and 15th-ranked Concordia Prep on Friday, in the season opener for both teams, and the Greyhounds claimed a come-from-behind, 27-21, overtime victory over the Saints.

After losing an early 13-0 lead, Gilman quarterback Matt Parker engineered a late scoring drive, capped by a TD toss to Matt Morelli to tie the game at 21. Gilman then blocked a 45-yard field goal attempt on the final play of regulation and stopped Concordia, on the first series of overtime, with a Dejuan Lane interception.

The Greyhounds then seized the victory with a 7-yard touchdown run, off left tackle, by sophomore running back Sebastian Chaney.

No. 5 McDonogh 21, Mount Zion 2

McDonogh dominated defensively, Friday afternoon at John McDonogh Stadium, as it opened its 2022 season with a 21-2 victory over Mount Zion Academy.

Defensive back Demetrius Smith scored the first TD of the season on a 10-yard interception return after the Eagles pinned Mount Zion at its own one midway through the first quarter.

Later in the opening quarter, McDonogh’s Chase Green rambled 17 yards before fumbling the ball at the goal line, but it was recovered in the end zone by teammate Kayden Harris for the Eagles’ second score and a 14-0 lead.

In third quarter, Green finally got his score, when he broke several tackles and and spun loose for a 57-yard touchdown run.

No. 3 Mount St. Joseph 35, St. Mary’s-Ryken 20

In its annual Lambert Cup showdown with St. Mary’s-Ryken, Mount St. Joseph traveled to Leonardtown, Friday night, and opened its 2022 season with a 35-20 victory.

The Gaels built a 28-6 halftime lead and held a 35-6 advantage after three quarters before the Saints put up a pair of touchdowns in the final quarter.

Don Bosco (NJ) 48, No. 5 Archbishop Spalding 28

No. 5 Archbishop Spalding had a tough draw for its 2022 football season opener, as the Cavaliers traveled north to Ramsey, New Jersey and squared off with Garden State power Don Bosco Prep, and fell, 48-28.

The Cavaliers fell behind 27-0 at the half, but rallied to within 41-28 early in the fourth quarter. Spalding quarterback Malik Washington threw for scores of 19 and 65 yards to Max Moss, and also ran for a 37-yard touchdown. In addition, Tyler Brown returned a kickoff 93 yards for a Cavaliers’ touchdown.

In other Friday action, St. Paul’s of the MIAA B Conference opened with a 42-28 win over the C Conference’s Annapolis Area Christian and St. Vincent Pallotti’s game against Harrisburg (PA) in the Chambersburg (PA) Peach Bowl Football Showcase was cancelled.

Pallotti and Harrisburg got in the opening kickoff and one snap from scrimmage before lightening halted the action and after several delays the game was called.