Spalding and Gilman combine for MIAA record 134 points, as the Cavaliers win 76-58; playoff tie-break breakdown here

In one of the wildest high school football games in this area in a long time, No. 4 Archbishop Spalding and Gilman combined to score 134 points, Saturday afternoon in Roland Park, as Spalding won the important MIAA A Conference showdown, 76-58. The 134 points are believed to be among the highest combined total in a single game in state history.

The 76 points Spalding scored is a new MIAA record, surpassing the 70 scored by Calvert Hall in 2009 against Southside Academy. It also ties the Cavaliers for 13th in state history with six other teams, including Frederick County’s Walkersville, which accomplished the feat earlier this season.

The teams combined for 50 points in the second quarter alone and for much of the first half Spalding was chasing Gilman as they Greyhounds scored TD’s on their first five possessions of the afternoon and led 36-28 with 6:56 to play in the second quarter.

Both quarterbacks had incredible performances as Gilman’s Purnell Hill rushed for four scores and a two-point conversion and threw a TD pass. Spalding’s Jayden Umbarger rushed for four touchdowns and threw for three more.

Despite its prolific attack, Gilman never led by more than eight points in the first half as Spalding matched them touchdown for touchdown. The Cavs, however, did not take their first lead until just 32 seconds remained in the opening half when Umbarger connected with Brevon Easton for a 14-yard touchdown pass and a 42-36 lead at the half.

Spalding also scored the first touchdown of second half, with a 48-yard pass from Umbarger to Larry Brown and the Cavs never trailed again. Spalding’s biggest lead was 76-50 following an 18-yard TD toss from back quarterback Austin Tutas to Jamari Jones with 1:41 to play.

Gilman finished the day with a whopping 604 yards of total offense, the 15th highest total in state history. Spalding was close behind with 593 (17th all time). The Greyhounds were as balanced as you can get, rushing for 302 and passing for 302. Spalding rushed for 362 and passed for 231.

Purnell had 428 total yards by himself, as he rushed for 126 and Brandon Madison rushed for 159. Umbarger passed for 213 and had a game-high 189 yards rushing. Julius Chestnut added another 165 on the ground for the Cavaliers.

With the victory, Spalding (5-3 overall) took a step towards a spot in the MIAA A Conference playoffs, but Spalding still must win its final game next week, against Mount St. Joseph to insure it will be one of the four teams participating in the A Conference semifinal double-header on Sunday, Nov. 12 at CCBC-Essex. Spalding and McDonogh are currently tied for second place with 3-2 league records, but McDonogh won the head-to-head meeting and owns the tie-break.

Gilman (3-6 overall) fell to 2-3 in the conference, but is also still alive for a playoff spot if it can win its regular season finale at McDonogh. If Gilman were to defeat McDonogh and St. Joe knocks off Spalding, five teams would be tied for second place in the league, behind top-ranked St. Frances which completed a 6-0 league season with a 37-22 win over St. Joe on Friday.

Calvert Hall currently shows a 2-3 mark in the league, with its Thanksgiving Day clash with Loyola pending. Under a formula adopted to compensate for the fact that the Turkey Bowl will not be played until after the championship game, the Cardinals are credited with a win over the Dons, in the playoff standings. Thus, they are now 3-3 in terms of the tie-breaker.

If all five teams battling for the final three spots do end up at 3-3, the next viable criteria would be most points scored in conference losses. By virtue of scoring 58 on Saturday, Gilman has scored 73 in its three losses, including a shutout to St. Frances. Calvert Hall now has 52 points in its three losses, while St. Joe has just 29.

Spalding has scored just 13 in its two losses, while McDonogh has scored 21, underscoring the importance for each of these two teams to win their final game and clinch their spots based on league record.

AS 14     28  7  27  —  76
GIL  14  22  7  15  —  58

GIL – Piper Bond 93 pass from Purnell Hill (Douglas Godine kick)
AS – Jamari Jones 5 pass from Jayden Umbarger (Camden Price kick)
GIL – Hill 1 run (Godine kick)
AS – Julius Chestnut 50 run (Price kick)

GIL – Hill 1 run (Godine kick)
AS – Umbarger 11 run (Price kick)
GIL – Hill 74 run (Godine kick)
AS – Jones 84 kickoff return (Price kick)
GIL – Brandon Madison 74 run (Bryce Bush pass from Hill)
AS – Chestnut 11 run (Price kick)
AS – Brevin Easton 14 pass from Umbarger (Price kick)

AS – Larry Brown 48 pass from Umbarger (Price kick)
GIL – Madison 20 run (Godine kick)

AS – Umbarger 1 run (Price kick)
AS – Jake Brady 9 pass from Umbarger (kick failed)
GIL – Zachart Dixon 7 run (Godine kick)
AS – Umbarger 58 run (Price kick)
AS – Jones 18 pass from Austin Tutas (Price kick)
GIL – Hill 1 run (Bush pass from Madison)