McNamara Graduates Have Big Weekend on Gridiron

Division One athletes come up big for their schools on the football field.
Andrew Feather ‘13
Staff Writer

Though Bishop McNamara’s game last Friday was postponed, people could still watch plenty of Mustang football as many McNamara alumni had successful games for their colleges and universities on opening weekend.

In their first games playing for their respective schools, both Nico Law ‘11 and Brandon Coleman ‘10 had big plays. Law, who is a true freshman at the University of Iowa, came in late during the Hawkeyes’ 34-7 rout of Tennessee Tech and burst into the backfield on a play and brought down the runner for a two yard loss.

On the other side of the ball, Coleman, a red-shirt freshman at Rutgers University, had a 44 yard touchdown reception on the first catch of his collegiate career in the Scarlett Knights 48-0 beat-down of North Carolina Central University.

In addition to both Nico and Brandon representing McNamara during their games, University of Maryland senior cornerback Cameron Chism ‘08 came up big when it mattered most and was one of the stars of the Terrapins nationally televised Labor Day game.

In Maryland’s win over the University of Miami Hurricanes he forced a fumble and grabbed a pick six en-route to winning ACC defensive back of the week. The fumble, which he knocked out just seconds before halftime, was returned for a touchdown that gave his team a 20-14 lead heading into the break.

When the teams came out after halftime Chism continued his strong play, and over the remainder of the game he racked up a few more few tackles, bringing his game total to six.  Before long, there was about a minute left in the game, a 26-24 Terps’ lead, and the Hurricanes marching down the field. With just over 30 seconds left and Miami facing a 4th down and 4 to-go situation quarterback Stephen Morris dropped back and fired the ball. Out of nowhere, Chism jumped in front of the pass, intercepted it, and dashed into the end zone for a score that pretty much sealed up the game. A minute later the final whistles blew and the Terrapins walked away victorious 32-26 in a Monday night thriller, partly in thanks to McNamara alum Cameron Chism.

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