Concordia, Calvert Hall get ready for football campaign

by Derek Toney & Gary Adornato

The start of the 2019 area high school football season a few days away. Private schools hit the practice field a couple of weeks ago while public programs began practice this past Wednesday.

Saturday morning, Concordia Prep visited Calvert Hall College for a scrimmage. After reaching the MIAA C final in its first season back as a full-time member in 2018, Concordia is making the jump to the B Conference.

Senior defensive back Deonte Ferguson, a Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 selection and all-MIAA C linebacker Jarren Terry will try to put the Saints into playoff contention in the B. Four teams will make the playoffs in the now 9-team B Conference with the addition of Concordia and Annapolis Area Christian School, which won the C last fall.

The Saints will scrimmage McDonogh Friday, then make their 2019 regular season debut against Virginia’s St. John’s Paul the Great Catholic at home Aug. 29.

After winning a school-record 12 games last season, Calvert Hall is hoping 2019 will be historic as well. The Cardinals are a favorite for the MIAA A Conference title with the regular season and postseason tournament play returning after the MIAA Executive Committee decided around this time a year ago to effectively suspend play (no regular season standings kept) after A league teams opted not to play then-member St. Frances Academy.

The nationally-ranked Panthers, who were awarded the 2018 MIAA A title, will play as an independent in 2019 and will not be eligible for the championship.

The Cardinals return a talented offensive cast with BTC Super 22 selections Sean Tucker and Cole Herbert. Tucker, a running back is committed to Syracuse University, while Herbert, arguably the nation’s No. 1 lacrosse player (committed to North Carolina for lacrosse), is weighing his options in football as he’s one of the state’s top wide receivers in the Class of 2020.

Junior Amir Jenkins, who replaced injured senior quarterback Mike Campbell in midseason and led The Hall to the Maryland Christian Invitational Tournament title last season, has full command of the offense. Senior linebacker Khalil Glover, a Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 pick and Delaware State commit, and Villanova commit Ty Trinh (defensive back/wide receiver) will anchor a defensive unit that was hit hard in the trenches by graduation.

Calvert Hall makes its 2019 debut in Pittsburgh this Saturday against Woodland Hills.