2021 Season Summary

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MIAA CHAMPIONS – November 20, 2021
Calvert Hall 14     McDonogh 8

In incredibly dramatic fashion, Calvert Hall’s improbable run to the MIAA Title culminated with a last second 4th down red zone defensive stop, as the Cardinals held on for a 14-8 victory, and the program’s first MIAA “A” Championship since 2010.

The Cards jumped out on top with two 2nd quarter touchdowns, and held a 14-0 halftime lead.  The Cardinals’ defense forced four McDonogh turnovers and three times stopped the Eagles on 4th down.  

Congratulations to head coach Josh Ward ’04, his coaching staff, and the talented and hard-working players on capturing the 2021 Championship.  The Cardinals, #2 in the metro area, are now 9-2 on the season.

There is still one more game remaining . . . the 101st Turkey Bowl.  The Cardinals face the Dons on Thanksgiving morning at Towson University’s Unitas Stadium.  Loyola comes into the game limping, having lost 14-5 to Concordia Prep in last night’s MIAA “B” Conference title game.

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GAME RECAP: November 13, 2021:
MIAA Semifinals
Calvert Hall 31     Mount St. Joe 26

The Cardinals stormed back from deficits of 13-0, 19-7 and 26-22 to defeat Mount Saint Joseph in the MIAA Semifinals on Saturday afternoon to advance to the MIAA Championship.  The Cardinals are now just one game away from the program’s first MIAA Title since 2010. 

The Cardinals moved to 8-2 on the season, by knocking off the No. 2-seeded Gaels.  Just three weeks ago in their regular season clash, the Cards fell down 21-0 to MSJ in the 2nd Quarter and lost 24-14, in a game riddled with three Cardinals turnovers.

On Saturday, the visiting Cardinals played a complete team game with two touchdowns through the air, a touchdown on the ground, a kickoff return TD to start the 2nd Half, a successful 2-point conversion, a field goal and two successful PAT’s, and a defensive shutout for the final 23 minutes of the game.

Calvert Hall now advances to the MIAA Championship against No. 4-seeded McDonogh, who upset No. 1 seed and previously undefeated Archbishop Spalding 7-0 on Friday night. The MIAA Championship Game will be held at Arch. Spalding and kicks off at Noon this Saturday 11/20.  In the conference opener in early September, the Cardinals dominated McDonogh in a 24-7 victory.

GAME RECAP: October 23, 2021:
Mount St. Joe 24     Calvert Hall 14

The Cardinals suffered a tough 24-14 loss to their long-time rivals from Mount Saint Joseph this past Saturday in Irvington.  With their win, the Gaels clinched a top-two seed in the upcoming MIAA Playoffs.  As a result of losses suffered this past weekend by Gilman and Pallotti, Calvert Hall (6-2, 2-2 MIAA) has now locked up a spot in the Playoffs.  CHC will be the #3 seed and will travel to either Arch. Spalding or Mount St. Joe in the Semifinal round.

The Cardinals host Royal Imperial of Canada this Friday night at 7:00 pm and the final home game will be on Friday, Nov. 5th at 4:00 pm.  The MIAA Semifinals will be held the weekend of Nov. 12/13.

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GAME RECAP: October 16, 2021:
Calvert Hall 28     Gilman 24

In a game as crazy as the Ravens primetime victories this season, Calvert Hall defeated Gilman 28-24 at home on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals were down 11-0 early in the 2nd Quarter (on a Gilman TD and two safeties), when they got on the board with a touchdown and a successful two-point conversion to trim Gilman’s lead to 11-8. However, with only 0:35 remaining in the 1st Half, Gilman scored again and took an 18-8 lead to Halftime. Gilman extended its lead to 24-8 early in the 3rd Quarter on a pick-six for the Greyhounds defense.

Then the CHC comeback began.  Midway through the 3rd Quarter, the Cardinals scored, to make it 24-15. A Cardinals drive deep into Gilman territory late in the quarter was stopped, and the score remained 24-15 heading into the final period. Early in the 4th Quarter, the Cardinals special teams blocked a Gilman punt for the second time in the game. The first blocked punt, back in the 1st Quarter, was ruled a roughing the punter penalty against the Cards. This time, however, the officials kept their flags in their pockets, and with the successful block, the Cardinals had great field possession to start their drive. The Cards quickly marched down the field, and on a 3rd & Goal from the 12-yard line, CHC ran it in, to make it a one-score game, 24-22 with 8:09 left.

On the next possession, Gilman attempted to burn the clock and get on the scoreboard once again to secure a Greyhounds win. But, the Cardinals defense kept Gilman from getting in the end zone and a Gilman field goal near the 4-minute mark missed wide left. Needing a field goal to win the game, Calvert Hall’s offense was thinking bigger. With a mix of runs and big pass plays, the Cardinals moved the ball down the field more than 80 yards in under two minutes, and scored the go-ahead TD with 1:58 remaining. CHC took the lead for the first time in the game, 28-24.  The coaches asked for one more stand, and the Cardinals’ defense delivered. On 4th Down near midfield, CHC’s defense held the Greyhounds, to secure the crucial and exciting “A” Conference win.

The win moves Calvert Hall to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the MIAA “A” Conference, where the Cards sit with sole possession of 3rd place. The Cardinals travel to Irvington on Saturday afternoon for a huge clash with No. 3 Mount Saint Joseph (5-2, 3-0 MIAA “A”).

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GAME RECAP: 10/08/2021 –
Calvert Hall 14  .  St. Mary’s 28

Coming off its first loss of the season the week prior, the No. 4 ranked Cardinals bounced back with a big 49-28 victory on the road Friday night at No. 15 St. Mary’s Annapolis.  CHC took a 28-7 lead at the half, and then built a 42-14 lead early in the fourth quarter.  The Cards are now 5-1.  In the MIAA “A” Conference, CHC is 1-1 and in 3rd place.  Calvert Hall returns to “A” Conference play this Saturday with a Noon kickoff at home against the Gilman Greyhounds.

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GAME RECAP: 10/01/2021 –
Arch. Spalding 37  .  Calvert Hall 14

No. 3 ranked Calvert Hall fell from the ranks of the unbeaten on Friday night with a tough 37-14 loss to MIAA rival Archbishop Spalding.  The Cardinals are now 4-1.  In MIAA play, CHC is 1-1, in 3rd place, and remains in position for a spot in the “A” Conference playoffs.

With the run game contained most of the night, Cardinals QB Noah Brannock took to the air with 246 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Donovan Lewis and Rahkeem Smith.  The Cardinals return to Anne Arundel County this coming Friday evening with an out-of-conference contest at St. Mary’s Annapolis.  Calvert Hall is back to “A” Conference action on Saturday 10/16 with a noon kickoff at home against Gilman.

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Sept 16 by Baltimore Ravens

Press Release: Ravens RISE High School Football Showdown & High School Coach of the Week

Josh Ward, varsity head football coach of the Calvert Hall College High School Cardinals (Towson, Md.), has been named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week. Now in its 25th year of existence, Ward is the second recipient of the award in 2021.

Last Saturday (9/11), Calvert Hall (2-0) opened its Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association league schedule with a 24-7 victory over the McDonogh Eagles (Owings Mills, Md.). The Hall established a 14-0 halftime advantage behind two scores from junior QB Noah Brannock – a 24-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to fellow junior WR Donnie Lewis and a second-period 5-yard rushing score. But, McDonogh cut the lead in half midway through the third quarter.

Following another Brannock touchdown toss, a 15-yard throw to senior WR Rahkeem Smith, the Cardinals took a lead they would not relinquish. Senior K Andrew Petrino secured the victory with a 38-yard field goal in the final frame.

“All week leading up to the game, we told our linemen it was going to be a physical matchup for them,” Ward stated. “McDonogh has unbelievable offensive and defensive lines, but our guys played just how we asked and were fantastic on both sides.”

Following a shortened two-game season in 2020, Ward is in his second season as the head coach of his alma mater.

“It was crazy to start this job in a pandemic year, but the outpouring of support from students, alums and faculty was amazing,” Ward added.

Calvert Hall hosts Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) this Thursday (9/16) at 7 p.m. The Cardinals’ last meeting with the Prince George’s County school came in 2019 when Calvert Hall handedly defeated Riverdale Baptist, 40-0.

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September 11, 2021 – Baltimore Sun high school Athletes of the Week (Sept. 6-11): Calvert Hall’s Noah Brannock and Glenelg’s Mackenzie Calhoun


Each week, The Baltimore Sun will recognize one high school boy and girl for their athletic achievements.

Boy Athlete of the Week: Noah Brannock, Calvert Hall, football

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September 11, 2021Behind QB Noah Brannock and WR Donnie Lewis, Calvert Hall football rolls to 24-7win over McDonogh (Baltimore Sun)

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The scheduled game for Thursday, September 2, 2021, has been cancelled by the opponent, Avalon School.

AUGUST 28, 2021, FINALLY: Calvert Hall pulls away from John Carroll in MIAA football return; Harper and Brannock account for 4 TDs, click here to read the full VSN article posted by Derek Toney (VSN)

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