Lackey 27 Calvert 19
In a battle of the top two teams of the Southern Maryland, Potomac Football Conference, Lackey held on to beat Calvert 27-19 Friday night at Harry E. Lackey High School.
Down 20-0, Calvert scratched and crawled back to one touchdown late in the fourth quarter before Lackey ran out the clock. Calvert is now 3-2 on the year while Lackey improves to 4-1.
The game had a playoff game atmosphere. The last time the Cavaliers played Lackey at their stadium was in 2019 when Calvert won a close contest to advance to the regional playoff championship.
“Lackey used that as fuel, there is no question,” said Calvert Head Coach Rick Sneade. “They are a good football team; we expect to see them again in the playoffs.”
Coaches preach to their players that games many times come down to who has least number of turnovers and penalties. The Cavaliers were on the wrong side of this equation for this game.
“In spite of some of our flaws and flatness at the beginning of the game we were only a few plays away from putting ourselves in position to win the game,” said Coach Sneade. “That speaks to our kids’ heart and potential. They need to understand we need to prepare a little bit better and get our minds right and take the entire process seriously, right down to the pre-game dinner, the walkthrough and film sessions and everything.”
The Blue Squad turned to the pass to get them back into the game. Junior Quarterback Stevie Oursler (9) was 14-26 for 183 yards and a touchdown. Junior Wide Receiver Carter Gosheff (11) had eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown and Sophomore Wide Receiver Jalen Barnes (1) had three catches for 32 yards.
The rushing attack was led by Junior Running Back Jordan Nathan (20) who had 61 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Jordan had two rushing touchdowns of 35 and 25 yards. Sophomore Running Back Domaine Wallace (25) had 39 yards rushing and Junior Running Back Erron Touch (7) was held to only 15 yards.
On Defense, the Cavaliers were led by Linebacker Erron Touch (7) with 14 tackles and Senior Linebacker Cody Daniels (21) had 12 tackles. Sophomore Damon Mansfield (33) recovered a Collin Short (10), senior, onside kick early in the fourth quarter.
You can view the stats for the contest by clicking here.
The Cavaliers return to action, Friday night at 7 p.m., at home against Northern in a non-league outing where the seniors will be celebrated. The Patriots are 5-0 on the season.
“They are a good football team, we better get our minds right this week,” said Coach Sneade.
Lackey 12 Calvert 6
Even though their opponent was much bigger and faster on both the offensive and defensive lines, the Cavaliers Gold Squad were in position to tie and win the game late in the fourth quarter, when Freshman Jayden Boudreau (1) ran the punt back to the 25-yard line. Lackey’s defense stiffened to stop the drive to win the game 12-6. The Cavaliers are now 2-3 on the year.
Calvert’s lone touchdown came from a pass from Sophomore Quarterback MarQuel Holland (7) to Freshman Tight End Dezmon Wolfe (35).
“We were one play away from winning,” said Gold Head Coach Keith Hicks. “We continue to learn how to win and fight through adversity.”
Coach Hicks told the young, inexperienced team after the game that games are won and lost in practice. “We still need to work a little bit harder in practice. They are growing up and learning to play together. It is a process; we are young with a lot of freshmen.”
Early last week, quarterback David Kauten (4) had successful surgery on his broken leg suffered last week. David will begin therapy in six weeks and is expected to make a full recovery.
The Gold Squad returns to action Thursday, October 7th at 5 p.m. on the road against Northern.
Bleacher Report Written by: Dave Fitz