LAUREL – A motivated St. Vincent Pallotti High School football team could not handle Calvert Hall College High School’s rushing attack, allowing 217 yards on the ground and four rushing touchdowns as the Cardinals defeated the Panthers 35-0 on Aug. 29.
Following their season-opening 20-0 win against West Toronto Prep, Pallotti (1-1) looked poised to stun the Towson-based team after an 11-play opening drive and recovering a fumble after punting during their second drive.
Their offense confused the Cardinals with several running plays with six rushers, led by senior Mekhi McDaniels with 35 yards on nine carries. Pallotti also rotated their quarterback play between juniors Ejau Collazo and William Webster-Brown as they also played a part in the running-based offense.
Meanwhile, their defense kept Calvert Hall scoreless in the first quarter and made them turn the ball over on downs two times during the game. Despite their success, Pallotti could not translate their first-half play to points.
“I saw the defense play well and the offense played well,” Pallotti Head Coach Anthony Ashley said. “We just did not take advantage of those opportunities and seize the moment but overall, I saw some good things from this game.”
Meanwhile, the Cardinals slowly began to build momentum through the play of running back Sean Tucker. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound senior constantly burst through Pallotti’s defense for large gains. After scoring the game’s first touchdown off an 11-yard run, Tucker ran untouched for a 50-yard rushing touchdown to give Calvert Hall a 14-0 lead.
In the third quarter, with the Cardinals up by four touchdowns, Tucker bounced off two tackles before completing a 68-yard run for his third score of the game. The senior finished with 167 rushing yards, contributing to more than 75% of Calvert Hall’s rushing offense. Teammate Ray Glass capped off the day with a 3-yard touchdown run, solidifying the win for the road team.
On the game’s final drive, Pallotti drove downfield in 16 plays but were unable to convert on a fourth down with less than 30 seconds remaining. The Panthers finished with only 134 yards of offense with one completed pass.
They will look to bounce back at John Carroll in Bel Air on Sept. 6.