First came lightning and rain, then a rout at Angelo Russo Stadium in Towson Friday night as No. 8 Archbishop Spalding High defeated 10th-ranked Calvert Hall College, 42-7, in a MIAA A Conference football contest.
Junior quarterback Evan Fochtman threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns for the Cavaliers (6-1 overall), and C.J. Bradford had two receiving scores. Morgan Scroggins’ touchdown catch accounted for Calvert Hall’s lone score.
Spalding scored the game’s first 35 points and induced a running clock, turning the battle of undefeated MIAA A squads into a mismatch. Despite a 30-minute delayed start because of rain and lightning, the Cavaliers put together a near flawless performance.
“I’m proud of how we came out. We wanted to get the jump on them,” said Spalding coach Kyle Schmitt, whose team won its fifth straight game. “We felt if we can get the game played at our tempo, we’d be fine.”
“The lightning delay made us realize we had to keep calm,” said Bradford, who had four catches for 111 yards.
The Severn school methodically taxed Calvert Hall’s defense, gaining 371 yards. Jamari Jones and Rylan Sweetney each caught scoring passes.
It was all orchestrated by Fochtman, who accounted for all six Spalding scores and finished with 313 total yards. He credited his offensive front of Cody Winaker, Nicholas Buonassi, Sam Koons, Dan Hood and James Turner.
“He makes us go in a lot of ways,” said Schmitt. “He’s got great skill players around him and five guys who take a lot of pride in protecting him. Evan allows us to do so much. He’s throwing the ball so much better.”
The Cavaliers got the opening kickoff and drove 65 yards in seven plays as Fochtman (13-of-23) hit an open Bradford in stride for a 38-yard score. Spalding tacked on three scores in the second quarter with Fochtman scoring on runs of eight and 14 yards and a 42-yard pass to Bradford for a commanding 28-0 halftime advantage.
“Momentum for us is a big part of our game,” said Fochtman, who rushed for 37 yards. “We want to keep teams on their toes and keep the pace of the game up. If they’re stopping us on offense, they’re dictating the pace and we don’t want that.”
The Cardinals (3-3, 1-1 MIAA A) had momentum to start the second half, driving their 20-yard line to Spalding’s 3, but turned the ball over downs after three straight incomplete passes. The Cavaliers went 97 yards in six plays as Jones caught a 29-yard pass from Fochtman with 6:54 left in the third quarter.
Kyle Butts’ extra kick made it 35-0 and started the running clock. Calvert Hall stopped it as Scroggins captured an eight-yard pass from Ben Brooks, early in the fourth quarter. Brooks, a junior, completed 22 of 27 for 250 yards, and Scroggins finished with 12 catches for 144 yards.
There was a running clock the final five minutes after Fochtman connected with Sweetney from 12 yards. It was the worst home loss for the Cardinals since 2007 (37-0 vs. Mount St. Joseph).
“Give a lot of credit to Spalding. They were ready to play,” said Calvert Hall coach Donald Davis. “They were better in all three phases. They ran the football and we had trouble stopping it. They threw the ball extremely well and didn’t force turnovers.”
Schmitt said his team’s even-keel demeanor has been the key to its success after winning three games last year. The Cavaliers’ mettle will be put to test Friday afternoon when they travel to No. 1 Gilman School, matching up the MIAA A only undefeated squads.
The Greyhounds, who dismantled St. Frances Academy, 63-12, Friday evening at Patterson Park, handled Spalding, 69-40 last season.
“I heard they’re decent. I think we’re going to show up,” said Schmitt being tongue-in-cheek. “Our coaching staff have been in discussions so I guess we’re showing up at 3:30 next Friday. We considered staying home, but I think we’re going to be there.”
No. 8 Archbishop Spalding 42, No. 10 Calvert Hall College 7
Spalding 7 21 7 7 – 42
Calvert Hall 0 0 0 7 – 7
Spalding – Bradford 38 pass from Fochtman (Butts kick)
Spalding – Fochtman 7 run (Butts kick)
Spalding – Bradford 42 pass from Fochtman (Butts kick)
Spalding – Fochtman 9 run (Butts kick)
Spalding – Jones 29 pass from Fochtman (Butts kick)
Calvert Hall – Scroggins 8 pass from Brooks (Ferrara kick)
Spalding – Sweetney 12 pass from Fochtman (Butts kick)