Smith rushes for 196 yards and three scores; Tutas throws for one TD and runs for one in rout of Malvern Prep


Archbishop Spalding traveled to the Philadelphia metro area Friday night to challenge Malvern Prep in a non-league football encounter and the fourth-ranked Cavaliers handled their business with a 43-12 rout of their hosts.

Leading 7-0 after one quarter, the Cavs (4-1) scored 29 points in the second stanza to establish their dominance. Running back Shamar Smith had a huge night, running 24 times for 196 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Austin Tutas passed for 288 yards and a score. Tutas also rushed for a score.

Smith opened the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run, early in the first quarter. He would score again on runs of eight and two yards, in the second and fourth quarters, respectively.

Jayson Venerable opened the scoring in the decisive second quarter with a 3-yard TD run, followed by a Smith 2-point conversion run. Tutas then connected with Zakee Wheatley (10 catches for 197 yards) for a 31-yard touchdown throw and Spalding led 22-0. Malvern answered with its first touchdown of the night, but Smith’s second score followed by an 8-yard TD scramble by Tutas made it 36-6 at the half.

Malvern got its final points on a third quarter touchdown pass, before Smith added the game’s final points in the fourth.

Spalding is now 4-1 and it will return home next Friday to face Life Christian Academy (VA) before closing the regular season with four straight MIAA A Conference league contests, beginning with Gilman on Oct. 11.