Calvert 30 Westlake 24
This late in a season, with the Cavaliers pushing for playoff seeding, each play can take a life of their own and the importance of each play can magnify and make the heart pump faster.
After Calvert’s offense failed to score in the second overtime, the defense’s back was up against the wall with the outcome of the game in their hands. After stopping the Wolverines the first two plays, Westlake had the ball on the five-yard line with two chances to score and win the game.
Coach Johnson implored to the 11 players on field that this was their moment to make a stand. “Dig Deep! Play from here (pointing to his heart). Give it all you’ve got,” he encouraged loudly with his booming voice from the sidelines.
The defense answered. They stopped Westlake on third down and Junior Carter Gosheff (11) intercepted the ball on fourth down. Westlake had the ball first in the third overtime, and Calvert’s defense was stout again as Sophomore Keegan Thorne (6) intercepted the ball.
Junior Running Back Erron Touch (7) did the rest on the first play of scrimmage of running and barreling into the end zone leading the Cavaliers to an exciting 30-24 victory over a stubborn and talented Westlake team. Calvert improved their record to 5-3 and remain second in the region with a 5-1 record.
“What a gut check by our team … they have spirit, and they never give up,” said emotional Head Coach Rick Sneade moments after the game ended. “These kids are warriors going out there playing like gladiators should play and they pick up the salt of the earth and find a way to get it done. They are coming together in a great way and my hope is the entire program can resonate what it means to truly do whatever it takes in the name of the game to not let your brother down.”
In front of a vocal Calvert homecoming crowd, Westlake got the better of the play for the first two and half quarters and held a 18-3 lead halfway through third quarter.
Calvert’s offense got to work and scored the next fifteen points, to include a crucial two-point conversion with five minutes left in the fourth quarter when Quarterback Stevie Oursler (9) passed it to Junior Wide Receiver Jason Kinney (4) to tie the game.
During regulation, the Cavaliers two touchdowns came on strong runs from Junior Running Backs Domaine Wallace (25) and Erron Touch (7). Calvert scored with their first possession of overtime, when Stevie hit Sophomore Wide Receiver Jalen Barnes (1) in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.
The defense had a bend but not break mentality and had three interceptions in regulation time.
“Westlake has athletes everywhere on the field,” said Coach Sneade. “Hats off to those guys (Westlake) they fought to the end too. However, both our defense and offense made the most of the opportunities when they were there. I’m proud to be a Cavalier.”
You can view the stats for the contest by clicking here.
Youth Night and the homecoming court was celebrated during the game. Coach Sneade praised the homecoming crowd. “They were great and loud all night. We certainly heard and fed off them throughout this game.”
Also in attendance again was Coach Jerry Franks, former Calvert High Head Football coach.
“It was great for Coach Franks to be here again especially since we wore the colors he gave the school back in 1999,” said Coach Sneade. “That crazy formation we ran tonight, scattered out to throw them off their man, was something he successfully used in the state championship in 2000 (Calvert wore the same gold jerseys and pants in the state championship game). We are proud he is able to make many of the games and it is our honor to pay homage to him.”
The Cavaliers return to action, Friday night at 7 p.m. on the road at Great Mills. The Hornets are also 5-3 on the season.
The biggest win of the night and the biggest cheer from the team, came when Coach Sneade announced to his team after the game that long-time Calvert Football manager Jason Gaines was cancer free. He rang the bell earlier in the day.
Congratulations to Senior Cody Daniels (21) for his decision to play football and continue his education at Shenandoah University. He announced his decision last week.
SMAC Players of the Week
Congratulations to Stevie and Carter. They were also featured in the Talking SMAC podcast last week.
Westlake 20 Calvert 6
In a hard-fought game, Westlake beat Calvert 20-6 at their home stadium. The game was much closer than the score indicated, as Westlake scored a defensive touchdown on the last play of the game.
The Cavaliers are now 2-5 on the year. The Gold squad will finish the season at home this Thursday against Great Mills.
Calvert’s lone touchdown came from a run by Sophomore Deshaun Berry (2).
Gold Head Coach Keith Hicks was proud of the effort. “The kids never stopped fighting to the very end,” he said. “The score was not indicative of how close it was. We continue to grow. It is certainly something to be proud of.”
The last game of the year is another learning opportunity for the Gold Squad according to Coach Hicks. “We need to take it one play, one snap at a time. Be accountable and do your job is what will expect this week.”
Bleacher Report Written by: Dave Fitz
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