Calvert Hall sped to a 19-0 lead in the first 20 minutes and a 33-7 bulge midway through the third quarter, as it cruised to a 40-21 victory over Loyola Blakefield in the 97th Turkey Bowl at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Nov. 24.
“That was an absolutely complete team win,” Davis said. “We played well in all three phases (offense, defense and special teams).”
Their second snap of the game was a 57-yard touchdown pass from Brooks to Cooper. On the Cardinals’ third possession, Brooks culminated a 75-yard drive with a sneak from the Dons’ 1-yard line. Calvert Hall got great field position on its fourth possession, with Tim Smith’s 1-yard run capping a nine-play, 35-yard touchdown drive.
“I’m so happy to do this with my teammates,” Cooper said.
“This is a great tradition for the kids, the coaches,” said Christian Brother John Kane, the president of Calvert Hall. “They work hard all year, then you get a day like today at M&T Bank Stadium … it’s wonderful. The spirit and the rivalry are tremendous.”
Playing their final game for coach Brant Hall, the Dons finished 5-6, 0-6 in the A Conference.
“When you have a community that has done so much for you in terms of your life, you want to see them on top,” said Hall, a 1998 graduate of Loyola Blakefield who will continue as its assistant athletic director. I wanted that one for our seniors. We made mistakes, and they (Calvert Hall) capitalized on them. We didn’t capitalize on their mistakes.”
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