In a game that was postponed three days by rain on Friday, the Pallotti High School football team ended a two-game slide with a 42-21 victory against visiting Pikesville on Monday evening at Fairland Regional Park in Laurel.
Pallotti (2-2) got 150 yards rushing and three touchdowns from senior A.J. Bright, and Julian Mealey added 79 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Freshman quarterback Bree Hart completed 5 of 6 passes for 57 yards to earn the victory in his first start. Bright also added a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown and Mealey capped the scoring late in the fourth quarter by returning an interception 55 yards for another score.
“The kids didn’t get down in the fourth quarter when a couple of things didn’t go our way,” said Pallotti first-year coach Ben Thompson. “We’ve had our share of adversity this year, but the kids stayed focused and stayed together. I think they finally believe in each other and the coaches. We have a tough game on Friday against Curley. We played a spread offense [against Pikesville], and [Curley is] more of a smash-mouth team. They’re just going to line up and try to run the ball down our throats.”
Pallotti opened a 28-7 halftime advantage only to watch Pikesville get within 28-21 early in the fourth quarter. The Panthers responded with a drive that covered 60 yards and ended on a short run by Bright. With less than 2 minutes remaining, Mealey ended all doubts when he intercepted a pass just beyond midfield and raced down the sideline for a touchdown that sealed the verdict.
Bright is Prince George’s County’s leading rusher with 607 yards and six touchdowns on 68 carries. Suitland’s Anthony Squire is close behind him at 601 yards and 10 touchdowns on 58 carries.