Calvert 40 Thomas Stone 6
The Calvert Blue Squad pulled away in the second half to beat conference foe, Thomas Stone, 40-6 Friday night. The halftime score was 13-6 with Calvert leading.
It was the third straight win for the Cavaliers (3-1), who were coming off a huge road victory against conference foe, McDonough, and carried momentum into this week’s contest.
Calvert’s offense was unstoppable in the second half scoring by 27 points. Junior Running Back/Wide Receiver Erron Touch (7) led the team in all-purpose yards with 149 (104 rushing and 45 receiving) and had two touchdowns. Sophomore Running Back Domaine Wallace (25) rushed the ball for 95 yards and one touchdown and Sophomore Running Back Damon Mansfield rushed for 34 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Quarterback Stevie Oursler threw two touchdown passes.
“I like how the kids responded in the second half to some of the adjustments we had to make,” said Calvert High School Head Coach Rick Sneade. “We had to put on a freeze play to get them off a bit because they were teeing off on our cadence and taking advantage of our inexperience up front. We made adjustments at halftime and were successful in the second half.”
Coach Sneade praised the offensive line for solidifying their blocking and their assignments in the second half. “It was key as it got our run game going and set up play action passes for our quarterback. Good stuff.”
Thomas Stone turned the ball over seven times. Calvert’s defense was led by Seniors Cody Daniels (21), Aaron Mccready (45), Collin Short (10) and Junior Mason Kidwell (58). Junior Carter Gosheff (11) had his third interception in two games and Sophomores Keegan Thorne (6) and Domaine Wallace (25) each had one this game. Fumbles were recovered by Junior Jordan Nathan (20), Sophmores Domaine Wallace (25), Damon Mansfield (33) and Cortez Johnson (77).
You can view the stats for the contest by clicking here.
The community came out in droves again to watch the Cavaliers as they wore their Gold Jerseys and Gold Pants in support of Pediatric Cancer Awareness.
“You think about the kids that don’t have an opportunity to play and we talked about that before the game,” said Coach Sneade. “Of course those kids would be happy to be out here instead of walking the halls of St Judes or Children’s with cancer. We are honored to do our part for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.”
Coach also said the entire program rallied around Gold Quarterback David Kauten who will have surgery due to an injury on Wednesday.
“You draw home the point to the guys you play every game like it is your last, you play every game like it like it is our best game and you do that and empty your bucket on every play, and you saw again it tonight and for the entire year. Our kids are playing hard and emptying their bucket and they are coming off the field giving everything they have. That is a testament on how much they believe in the program, and they love each other. It is an exciting thing to see.”
The Cavaliers return to action, Friday night at 7 p.m., on the road against a Lackey in a battle of 3-1 teams.
“This is big test for us,” Coach Sneade said. “They are big and their mudders are going to push the ball around and try to grind it out on us. They have some athletes that run the ball … we have our work cut out for us.”
Thomas Stone 18 Calvert 0
In their first game in front of their home crowd, Thomas Stone beat the Gold Squad Cavaliers 18-0. The gold squad is now 2-2 on the year.
Calvert’s offense struggled to sustain drives and turned the ball over numerous times.
“We will grow from this game,” said Gold Head Coach Keith Hicks. “We can’t turn the ball over like that. I’m a firm believer not to beat ourselves. We need to clean that up.”
Coach Hicks said the emphasis for this week’s practice will be tackling drills and to come to practice with more focus and intensity. “Games are won in practice we need to do the right things there, so they roll over to games.”
In the second half, the Cavaliers lost their starting quarterback David Kauten (4) for the year due to a broken leg.
“We are going to rally around David,” Coach Hicks said. “Our thoughts are with him as he recovers from his injury.”
The Gold Squad returns to action this Thursday, September 30th at 5 p.m. at home against Lackey.
Bleacher Report by: Dave Fitz