Week Nine Bleacher Report – Playoff Time!

Let’s Go Calvert!

Blue Team

Great Mills 30 Calvert 0

After the game where not much went well for the road team, the Cavaliers have hit the pause and reset button to prepare for the playoffs.  Delayed 24 hours because of a Nor’easter that hit the East Coast, Calvert High headed to Lexington Park and lost in a non-conference game to Great Mills, 30-0 on Saturday.

The Cavaliers finish the regular season with a 5-4 record: however, a 5-1 record in their division.  Calvert High is the two seed in the MPSSAA Football Class 2A/1A South Region. They will host seven seed McDonough High School this Friday at 7 p.m. at home.  Earlier this year, Cavaliers beat the Rams 42-6 on their home field. Admission for playoff games is $6, this price is set by the State.

Reflecting after the loss at Great Mills, Head Coach Rick Sneade said it is his responsibility to get the team ready for the playoffs. “Great kids, great mentors as coaches,” he said. “I have to get us doing better in that we perform to our potential.”

One of the senior captains is challenging his team. Cody Daniels took to social media to say the loss at Great Mills might be what the team needed.

Coach Sneade is confident the team will get better and grow from the loss. “We have to clean somethings up,” he said. “We need to prepare and be fully focused to play Friday night. We need to rise up and be physical.”

Stats from the Great Mills game can be viewed here. The end of regular season stats can be viewed here.

Here is the playoff seeding:

Gold Squad, Blue and Gold Game

Gold 38 Blue 38

At the end of regulation, the scoreboard read 38-38, between the intrasquad scrimmage between the Gold Squad. Unfortunately, due to a shortage of referees (they were moved to Huntingtown for the rescheduled varsity game), the Gold’s game against Great Mills was canceled.

The coaches quickly pivoted and set up an intrasquad scrimmage to be played on their home turf in front of family, friends, coaches and the Blue Squad. The team went through a normal game routine, with a pregame meal, proudly putting on their Calvert jersey, warmups and pregame and postgame prayer.

The student athletes put on a show as they played a fun filled, spirited and highly competitive game. There were many great plays on both sides of the ball, but the highlight of the game is when Freshman Wide Receiver Reed Woodlawn (10)  took a pass and ran it to the house for a touchdown to end the game.

Both teams swarmed to the end zone to celebrate the touchdown as the players jumped up and down in unity as one.  It was a wonderful display of sportsmanship and uncommon greatness and a great way to finish the Gold season.

The coaches praised the players after the scrimmage for improving immensely during the season.

Gold Head Coach Hicks told the team after the game to trust the process in the offseason. “Dedicated yourselves to getting bigger, faster and stronger. If we want to be successful as a Calvert football program, we need to embrace this process.”

The Gold Squad finished with a 2-5 record.

Bleacher Report Written by: Dave Fitz

Blue Squad Game photos by Debbie McIntosh, McIntosh Images; Gold Squad scrimmage Photos by Dave Fitz.

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