( Photo by Doug Kapustin / August 13, 2012 )
2011 record: 10-2
First game: Aug. 24 vs. Maryland Christian Saints, 7 p.m.
Offensive starters returning: 3
Defensive starters returning: 3
Fast fact: The Cardinals graduated 31 seniors from last year's squad that lost to Gilman in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship game.
Replacing several of the talented skill players won't be easy, but coach Donald Davis can take comfort in the fact he has three returning starters back on the offensive line.
They include senior center Michael Manocheh (5-feet, 10 inches, 250 pounds), senior tackle J.P. McManus (6-5, 275) and senior tackle Jack D'Angelo (6-3, 215).
They'll be joined by senior guard Chris Kircher (6-1, 245) and junior guard Trevor Beam (6-4, 275).
Their goal is to protect junior quarterback Colar Kuhns (6-3, 205) and provide holes for senior running backs Garrett Keene (5-10, 180) and Stephen Kelly (5-10, 180).
Kelly is a University of North Carolina lacrosse recruit.
Keene and Kelly are trying to fill the void left by the graduation of CJ Williams and they'll get some help from solid senior fullback Robbie Jones (5-8, 185).
"Kuhn has a very good arm," Davis said. "He's a big kid and he understands what he is stepping into."
The only returning target back for the Cardinals is senior wide receiver Kyle Levere (6-2, 185).
"He is probably the strongest wide receiver I've ever had," said Davis, noting he bench pressed 225 pounds seven times.
Defensively, the Cardinals return three-year starting senior inside linebacker Garrett Epple (6-2, 220).
Senior Cole Atkinson (5-10, 210) returns at linebacker.
Senior Delando Johnson (6-3, 190) moves from defensive end to strong safety and senior Kennedy Frazier (6-1, 170) joins the defensive backfield after missing all of last season with a broken ankle.
Calvert Hall is 38-20 in Davis' first five seasons and have beaten Loyola the past three years in the Turkey Bowl, but the veterans from last season still have some unfinished business.
"It was a good football team and they felt like they were good enough to win the (MIAA) championship and it just didn't happen and our guys want that opportunity again."