Jacob and Luke Bernard are brothers that play for the Calvert football program. Together they have offered up their perspective of this past week’s contest as a fill in for Ben Lash, our regular bleacher reporter. We are fortunate to get an in game account from two young men who personally devote themselves to the game, both on and off the field, and genuinely love our program.
This Week According to The Bernard Brothers
On a crisp Friday night, the Cavaliers took the field against the Patuxent Panthers. The Cavaliers started the game with a fumble recovery on the opening kickoff. However, the Panthers managed to shut down the Cavaliers’ offense. A series of runs by Dre Mackall moved the ball down the field for the Cavaliers. But, penalties and poor execution held them back through the first few possessions. The Cavaliers did find a way to strike first with a 3 yard run by Dre Mackall, but could not get the extra point. The Cavs took the lead with a score of 6-0.
Throughout the first half, the Cavaliers run game, along with their defense’s ability to stop the run, kept the game close. Except for one drive, the Cavs failed to stop the Panthers, resulting in in the Panther’s only score in the first half. After the successful extra point, the Panthers took the lead, 7-6.
The Cavs then went with running back Mikka Harvey. On the second play of the drive, Harvey ran for a huge chunk of yards. This drive put them in the red zone. But once again, Calvert failed to execute and ended up not being able to convert any points. The Cavs’ defense forced a quick three and out and got back on offense. Dre Mackall had a pair of great runs to get Calvert back in the red zone. Once again, the Cavs were quickly shut down by the Panthers defense, resulting in zero points.
The Cavs looked focused and ready to play coming into the second half. The Cavs received the ball and had a nice return from TJ Prather, which helped set up a great start to the second half. The Cavs started with a wildcat formation, which included TJ Prather at quarterback. After some powerful runs by Prather and Mackall, the Cavs ended up scoring early in a very dominating drive. It was a Prather 6 yard rushing score, that put the Cavs up. A pivotal stop by the Patuxent defense prevented the Cavalier two-point conversion, which kept the score 12-7. The Panthers responded with their own long drive that slowly, but surely, secured them the lead with a 15 yard touchdown. Following the extra-point, the score was 14-12 in the Panther’s favor.
In the fourth quarter, Patuxent came out with another impressive drive. Running the read option, the Panthers were able to put together some long runs. They moved the ball the length of the field for another touchdown and after the extra point, were now up 21-12. But, the scrappy Cavs still showed a lot of hope! During their next drive, things looked bleak on fourth down. But, the heart of the Cavs came out. They ran a fake punt and after a 13 yard completion from punter Melvin Davis to Zach Gadwill, the offense returned to the field with a sense of urgency. Dre Mackall took the offense in his hands and set the Cavs up for another score after a 52 yard run. In short time, Calvert scored, making the score 21-19.
The Cavs set up for an onside kick, but was unable to recover the ball. However, Calvert was able to get the ball back one more time with only seconds left on the clock. The Cavs ran out of time and unfortunately came up short. Calvert completely dominated the run game by rushing for over 320 yards on the evening, but penalties and mental mistakes cost the Cavs a chance at their third win of the season.
– Jacob and Luke Bernard
Photos courtesy of Debbie McIntosh, Team Photographer from McIntosh Images.