Calvert 34 Patuxent 21
Down a touchdown and driving late in the 4th quarter, Patuxent had the ball on the 26-yard line with time for one or two more plays. In their home stadium, the Panthers quarterback attempted a safe sideline pass that Calvert’s Junior Inside Linebacker Erron Touch (7) stepped in front of the receiver intercepted the ball and raced down the field. Erron was followed by a convey of Cavaliers and made it to the endzone for a 74-yard touchdown.
The touchdown secured a 34-21 hard fought conference game for the Cavaliers to move their record to 4-3 and 4-1 in the conference.
“Patuxent ran that play several times in a row,” said Calvert Head Coach Rick Sneade. “Erron was ready for the play, and it was awesome he ran it back for a touchdown. As much as we lean on him running the ball and playing linebacker, we did not except him to have that type of gas left in the tank, it was impressive.”
The game felt a like a heavyweight fight with both teams getting the upper hand throughout the game.
Patuxent led 7-0 after first quarter. Calvert responded with two second quarter touchdown passes from Junior Quarterback Stevie Oursler (9) to Junior Wide Receiver Carter Gosheff (11) to take the lead 14-7.
With a few minutes remaining in the first half, Patuxent moved down the field, but Junior Defensive Back Jason Kinney (4) intercepted a pass to close the half.
“A big time play by Jason,” said Coach Sneade.
Patuxent received the ball to start the second half and had an eight-minute touchdown drive to tie the game at 14-14. After both teams had two possessions where they both went three and out, Calvert received the ball on their 18-yard line with 9:30 to go in the fourth quarter.
The first play of the drive, Stevie hit Carter on a slant and Carter outran the defense for an 82-yard touchdown to give the Cavaliers the lead 21-14.
Patuxent quickly responded with a fourth down 40-yard touchdown pass to the tie the game 21-21. The touchdown did not phase the Cavaliers as they responded with a 11-play, 75-yard drive to take the lead for good 28-21 when Stevie shuffled-passed the football to Erron, he and the offensive line did the rest, and ran it in for a 17-yard touchdown. The offensive lineman raised their arms in celebration as Erron ran past them.
According to Coach Sneade, it was the third time they ran the play during the game. “The coaches said the play would still be there if we wanted to run it,” he said. “The offensive line had a massive push, which is a testament of their conditioning late in the game, and Stevie and Erron made smart reads. It was a well-executed play.”
Calvert had two big plays to extend the drive, a Stevie to Carter 35-yard pass that was tipped by the Patuxent defender and a fourth-down conversion pass from Stevie to Senior Tight End Collin Short (10) who quickly was able to get open.
Coach Sneade praised the team for always being ready as the offense has spread the ball around in the passing game to upwards of 10 players this year. “On a team that is supposedly not very deep and does not have a lot of experience, it is exciting to see,” he said. “When players get an opportunity, they step up and have made some big time plays this year.”
Collin was also four for four on extra point attempts.
Stevie Oursler was 19-27 for 271 yards and four touchdowns. Stevie had a 142.1 quarterback rating this week. Wide Receiver Carter Gosheff (11) had 8 catches for 171 yards and three touchdowns, Erron Touch (7) had 5 catches for 50 yards and a touchdown to lead the receiver corps. The rushing attack was led by a committee of running backs as the Cavaliers rushed for 40 yards.
On Defense, the Cavaliers had two interceptions, one each by Junior Jason Kinney (4) and Erron Touch (7) and a fumble recovery on a kickoff.
“Our defense has been very optimistic to create turnovers and take advantage of errant throws or balls on the ground,” said Coach Sneade. “We have 33 takeaways on defense and only have 10 turnovers on offense … that is pretty significant. On the defense side of the ball, it is a testament to our kids who play with confidence, knowing their role and responsibilities and not having to think which allows them to play fast and to react to the ball.”
You can view the stats for the contest by clicking here.
It’s homecoming week at Calvert High School. The Cavaliers return to action, Friday night at 7 p.m. against Westlake, who are 3-4 on the season after beating Stone 18-12.
“Westlake is going to present a challenge to us offensively that we have not had to worry about,” said Coach Sneade. “They are going to bring a lot of pressure, we need to play our best football to win the game and have a good week of practice (photo below).”
Calvert County Football
Two county games last Friday and two capacity crowds. Both games were close; Huntingtown beat Northern 10-7 in overtime in the other County game.
“I’ve always thought very highly of Calvert County football,” said Coach Sneade. “We might not have the biggest and most athletic talent, but we have some of the best football IQ in the state. I believe our student athletes are coached well and are receptive of the coaching. Each year, we’ve had student athletes who have been successful in the next level (college) from all four schools.”
Patuxent 38 Calvert 6
Calvert was on the wrong side of the scoreboard again last week as they faced county foe, Patuxent at home. The Panthers beat the Cavaliers 38-6. The Cavaliers are now 2-5 on the year. They return to action, this Thursday, against Westlake on the road.
Calvert’s lone touchdown came from a halfback pass from Sophomore Deshaun Berry (2) to Freshman Jayden Boudreau (1).
Despite the score, Gold Head Coach Keith Hicks was pleased the team executed some things well. “We need to be more consistent,” said Coach Hicks. “We can’t execute one play well and then have three plays that go bad. This won’t allow us to sustain drives … again, it all starts in practice.”
Coach Hicks told the squad to keep up their heads up and to continue to work hard for the last two games of the season. “Some of these student athletes are learning how to handle adversity for the first time,” he said. “These lessons learned carry over to adversities that they might have in life … we are giving them life skills from playing the game of football.”
Game photos by Debbie McIntosh, McIntosh Images; practice photos by Dave Fitz
Bleacher Report Written by: Dave Fitz