No. 2 Spalding crushes Mount St. Joseph for MIAA A football top seed; Harris rushes for 152 yards, 2 TDs (VIDEO HERE!)

Kellan Wyatt (left) had two fumble recoveries to lead the defense while Jordan Harris had touchdown runs of 51 and 43 yards as Spalding rolled to a 41-0 victory over No. 3 Mount St. Joseph at Whittles Field. The win gives the undefeated second-ranked Cavaliers (10-0) the No. 1 seed for the MIAA A Conference playoffs.

by Derek Toney

Archbishop Spalding honored its football seniors Friday evening before their matchup with Mount St. Joseph. 

Then, the Cavaliers promptly put an exclamation point on their finest regular season.

No. 2 Spalding routed third-ranked Mount St. Joseph, 41-0, in a MIAA A Conference contest in front of nearly 1,500 at Whittles Field in Severn.

Senior running back Jordan Harris rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns for the Cavaliers (10-0 overall, 5-0 MIAA A), and University of Maryland commit Kellan Wyatt recovered two fumbles. Reserve running back Hakim Simms added two rushing scores.

The Anne Arundel County school put up another running clock on a league opponent, securing the No. 1 seed for next weekend’s playoffs. The Cavaliers will host either fifth-ranked McDonogh School or Gilman School at Whittles Field next weekend in a MIAA A semifinal.

The Cavaliers, winners of 12 straight dating back to last season’s COVID-19 shortened campaign, capped their first perfect regular season since 2006 (11-0) Friday. 

“This is a good moment. We’re really proud of our kids,” said Spalding coach Kyle Schmitt. ““It’s been a lot for everybody.”

Schmitt and Spalding Nation celebrated its 23 seniors. Coming off a bye week after nearly three months straight of scrimmages and games, the ingredients for a sluggish performance was there.

Ten minutes into regulation Friday, Spalding led 21–0.

“Some teams get lackadaisical, we were locked in all week,” said Harris. ‘We held each other accountable at all times.”

Schmitt, who played center for Maryland football in the early 2000s, said the Cavaliers have been committed to the “process of winning.”

“There’s a process that starts with meetings, then practice…they’ve been great at that,” said Schmitt. “They’ve had a lot of distractions. We’ve all dealt with a lot this past year and this group just keeps coming back.”

Harris sprinted down the sidelines for a 51-yard touchdown on just the third Cavalier offensive play. Three plays later, junior Gio Boone snagged a ball that hit off Mount St. Joseph offensive line and returned it 45 yards, extending Spalding’s lead with 6 minutes, 45 seconds left in the opening period.

Harris went 43 yards for his second score, and Spalding’s lead was 21-0 with 1:40 remaining in the quarter. Harris, who transferred from perennial Washington Catholic Athletic Conference powerhouse Our Lady of Good Counsel after his sophomore season, surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing for the season in the third quarter.

Spalding’s defense held Mount St. Joseph (7-3, 4-1 MIAA A) to 139 yards and two trips past midfield. Senior defensive back Jordan Pennick had two first half interceptions and Matt Benny, Jourdin Brown and Delano Brown each had a sack.

“Big games like this, we don’t fold. That’s what happens when you work hard in practice, ” said Wyatt, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker. “You continually work hard during bye weeks, in the weight room…the grind never stops.”

The Cavaliers continued grinding St. Joe, leading 28-0 at halftime after Nick Guiterrez’s second quarter touchdown run. Simms’ 10-yard touchdown run started the running clock with 6:40 left in the third quarter.

Spalding has induced a running clock on four of its five MIAA A opponents this season.

“It feels great to be 10-0,” said Harris. “Winning is fun.”

The Cavaliers are now two wins away from completing perfection and a first MIAA A championship. The first step is either McDonogh or Gilman next weekend.

“We’re trying to keep that edge…we’re in the championship rounds right now,” said Schmitt. “The focus has got to be there from the start.”

No. 2 Archbishop Spalding 41, No. 3 Mount St. Joseph 0

Mount St. Joseph 0 0 0 0 – 0

Spadling 21 7 7 6 – 41

First quarter

Spalding – Jordan Harris 51 run (Cory Butts kick)

Spalding – Gio Boone 45 interception return (Butts kick)

Spalding – Harris 43 run (Butts kick)

Second quarter

Spalding – Nick Guiterrez 5 run (Butts kick)

Third quarter

Spalding – Simms 10 run (Butts kick)

Fourth quarter 

Spalding – Simms 5 run (kick blocked)