Calvert 42 McDonough 6
The Cavaliers get their second win in a row as they top their conference opponent on the road.
On the first play from scrimmage, Junior Linebacker Erron Touch (7) scooped up a McDonough fumble and ran it back 23 yards for a touchdown. Erron ran in the two-point conversion to give Calvert an 8-0 lead a minute into the game.
The Cavaliers never looked back as they won 42-6 to improve their record to 2-1 and 2-0 in division play. The game was moved from Friday evening to a hot and humid Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
The coaches did not get discouraged and used the game day change to hold a walk-through and pizza/pool party at one of their houses.
“We had to change things up,” said Calvert High Football Head Coach Rick Sneade. “This change in venue allowed us to maintain our day before a game routine, the players were able to burn off some energy, have some fun and bond as a team.”
On McDonough’s second possession, a bad snap on their punt gave the Blue Squad great field position inside the five-yard line. Erron punched it in on second down and Junior Quarterback Stevie Oursler (9) converted the two-point conversion to make it 16-0.
“McDonough struggled to protect the ball, each time they did we were able to capitalize on it,” said Coach Sneade. “Turnovers are a point of emphasize during Thursday practices … we work on strip and ball security drills and scoop and score drills.”
Special teams played a big role in the outcome in the game.
After a fumble recovery on the kickoff, Sophomore Running Back Domaine Wallace (25) ran a sweep to the left from the five-yard line and then ran it for the two-point conversion to make it 24-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Calvert’s Senior Easton Schaible (12) alertly recovered the football after the Blue Squad kicker kicked the top of the ball and it only traveled a little over 10 yards. After two beautiful passes by Quarterback Stevie Oursler to Senior Tight End Cody Daniels (21) and Sophomore Wide Receiver Jalen Barnes (1), the offensive drive stalled inside the 10-yard line.
The defense then recovered a fumble inside the five-yard. The offensive line created a big hole and Erron ran into the end zone untouched for his second rushing touchdown of the day to make it 30-0. The two-point conversion was no good.
McDonough responded with a long touchdown pass to make it 30-6.
The Cavaliers then went deep into their playbook as Halfback Domaine Wallace took the handoff and threw a pass to Junior Wide Receiver Carter Gosheff (11) who did the rest of the work and ran it in to make it 36-6. The 57-yard touchdown pass was the longest play from scrimmage of the year for Calvert.
In the last play of the half, Carter, playing Safety, had an outstanding over the shoulder interception and ran it back 54 yards to make it 42-6. It was Carter’s second interception of the half.
The second half went by quickly and quietly as neither team scored. Junior Dalton Simpson (50) recovered a fumble on a punt return.
Domaine led the rushing attack with 77 yards and Erron had 21 yards. Stevie was 8-12 passing for 65 yards. On defense, Senior Linebacker Aaron McCready (45) led the defense with six tackles, a sack and two forced fumbles.
You can view the stats for the contest by clicking here.
The Cavaliers return to action, Friday night, in a Gold Rush game when they face conference foe, Thomas Stone at home at 7 p.m. The Blue Squad will wear Gold jerseys and pants in honor of Pediatric Cancer Awareness night at The CALVERT HIGH stadium.
The Gold squad had a strong week of practice but unfortunately their home game was canceled due to McDonough not having enough players to field a team. The game was originally scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday. The forfeit win (2-0) moves the Gold Squad to 2-1 on the season.
“Our athletic director fought hard to get the game in and for a lot of reasons it just did not work out,” said Coach Sneade. “Our Gold kids maintained resolve and focus and continued to practice hard even though they were discouraged.”
Coach Sneade emphasized they have had several good practices to prepare for their next opponent.
“There is so much room for the Gold Squad to grow because of their inexperience and age. It is exciting to see their progress week in and week out. We are looking forward to seeing positive results Thursday afternoon.”
The Gold Squad will load the busses and head to Charles County this Thursday for a 5 p.m. away game against Thomas Stone.
Bleacher Report by: Dave Fitz