Maryland HS Latest
Maryland HS Latest
Here's the latest from Maryland-area Boys HS leagues:
The MIAA wound down the regular season last night with a pair of games that setup the seeding for the conference semifinals. Calvert Hall solidified their hold on third place with a solid 30-0 victory over Mount St. Joseph. CHC was in control of the match early in the game, taking an 18-0 lead into the half. The Mount came out strong after the break, pushing the Cardinals up against their own try line but could not break the CHC defense. MSJ eventually yielded two second half tries, effectively closing out the match.
"I respect the way MSJ plays and their players don't give up," said Calvert Hall Coach Tom Fan. "Marc Hoffman always has his guys ready to play. It helps us and makes our players step up. It is a serious wake up call for us as we prep for playoffs."
The Cardinals spread the scoring around with tries from 4 different players, front rowers Cameron Rudasill and Jackson Prusak, with Scott Kus and Ryan Fick getting over the line for the backs.
Meanwhile, Loyola-Blakefield left no doubt who sits in the drivers seat in the MIAA, defeating Archbishop Spalding 43-24. The game featured some great running rugby and physicality from both teams. Fans were delighted to witness 11 tries on the day, 7 for the Dons and 4 to Spalding. Archbishop Spalding was looking for second half heroics the third game in a row, down 17-14 at the break, but their usual second half storm fell short this week.
The playoff seeding falls out as follows:
2 Archbishop Spalding
3 Calvert Hall
4 Mount St. Joseph
Semifinals will see MSJ at Loyola, and Calvert Hall will visit Spalding.
Good Counsel punched their playoff ticket with a 68-0 shutout of DeMatha last week. Good Counsel were anchored by four tries from number 8 Ryan Briggs, and 9 of 10 on conversions from junior Matt Scuderi. DeMatha has struggled this season as a new coaching staff works to rejuvenate the program, but they do hope for future dividends from a solid group of underclassmen. Salesianum ran out to a convincing 54-19 win over Saint John's College on Sunday. The Sallies got on the board early and stayed ahead, led by three tries from flanker John Kirsch. The win secured Salesianum a semifinal appearance in the MAVRC playoffs. Cadet flyhalf Mike Jasinkski continued his torrid scoring pace with 3 tries in the losing effort for St. John's.
Gonzaga sits atop the table with two games remaining, DeMatha on Tuesday and the Sallies on May 5th. One win from those two games will seal first place for the Eagles. Georgetown Prep is locked into a home semi-final and at least second place, with no games remaining on their league schedule. Good Counsel squares off with Saint John's on Thursday looking for a win to clinch third place. Salesianum will take the fourth slot unless Good Counsel loses and they post a win over Gonzaga next week.