Game 2 – September 10, 2021
Calvert 14 LaPlata 8
Before another capacity home crowd, Calvert’s Blue Squad (Varsity) came from behind to beat LaPlata 14-8 Friday night. The Cavaliers even their record to 1-1 and bounced back after losing to Huntingtown last week.
Down 8-0 to start the fourth quarter, Calvert’s offense played with a sense of urgency to score in back-to-back drives. Junior running back Erron Touch (7) accounted for both touchdowns.
After the offensive line opened a huge hole, Erron did the rest by sprinting 33 yards and breaking tackles to give Calvert their first score. After recovering a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Calvert marched smartly down the field in five plays to take the lead for good. Again, Erron rushed it in from inside the 10-yard line. The two-point conversion was successful.
Erron led the rushing attack with 164 yards, Junior Jordan Nathan (20) rushed for 44 yards and Junior Quarterback Stevie Oursler rushed for 21. Stevie was also 3 for 7 passing on the night.
To start the third quarter, LaPlata ran the kickoff back for their only score of the game. The Warriors were successful on their two-point conversion.
Head Coach Rick Sneade was proud of the effort and resiliency of the team after falling behind.
“A reflection of the heart and grit of the entire team,” said Coach Sneade. “We came out at halftime after the coaches motivated and challenged them in the locker room. The first play, a kickoff and they return it for a touchdown … that was a big blow.”
Coach Sneade mentioned that having a set-back to start the half, “teams can go either way.” He said, “our kids responded back and capitalized on some of the mistakes they made. You saw at the end, effort and conditioning was able to sustain them and our team had a little more in the tank at the end then LaPlata. I’m very proud of them.”
On defense, the Blue squad was stout every time LaPlata threatened to score, to include a goal line stand in the first half. The defense recorded two sacks and late in the third quarter, Junior Robert Gosheff intercepted a pass that stopped a driving LaPlata offense late in the third quarter. The interception was a key momentum swing for the home team.
“Our philosophy is we don’t want our defense to give up big plays,” said Coach Sneade. “In this game, we did bend, but we did not break. I’m proud of the effort, LaPlata showed they had a good plan, and a lot of things were working for them, but our defense never gave up and made key plays at all the right times to stop drives.”
Coach Sneade again credited the conditioning of the Blue Squad to be able to play at a high level for four quarters. He also mentioned how proud of the effort of the undermanned Varsity squad has made the first two weeks of the season.
“Last week how the kids played was such an inspiring effort that made everyone proud to be Blue and Gold and to be Calvert.”
On Friday night, Fall was in the air at Calvert Stadium, cooler temperatures and another spirited vocal crowd witnessed the game. Before the game, a moment of silence was held to honor September 11 and the 13 service members who died in the line of duty in Afghanistan recently.
The Blue Squad then entered the stadium by sprinting on the field with American Flags and the Calvert Football “One Heart, One Beat, One Soul” Flag.
“The student section was loud and outstanding,” said Coach Sneade. “The atmosphere, the attitude and the culture of our school right now is awesome. The morale is high and the kids coming out to celebrate the game like this is exciting.”
The Blue squad plays their first road conference game next Friday against McDonough at 7 p.m.
You can view the stats for the La Plata contest by clicking here.
Calvert High School honors September 11
In a stirring pre-game ceremony, the Calvert High School community honored the innocent men and women who lost their lives and the incredible first responder heroes who saved lives on September 11, 2001.
A moment of reflection was held before the Calvert High Varsity Football team sprinted on the field carrying American Flags to join the American Flags the student body had placed on the top of the stands.
During pre-game discussion, Calvert Coaches showed a video of a former Boston College Lacrosse Player who was a equites trader and volunteer firefighter known for saving as many as 18 lives during the September 11 attacks in New York City, during which he lost his own life. Welles Crowther became known as the “Man in the Red Bandanna” for the handkerchief he wore as a protective mask.
“We honored the symbolism of the red handkerchief this evening,” said Calvert High Head Coach Rick Sneade. “We told the team we can’t make that same impact tonight but we told them what if this was your last game, and if this was your last hour how would you play it and then more importantly how can we use our play on our home field to demonstrate more unity in our school and in our community. The kids reflected on that, and they took pride on carrying the American flags out and the student body did the same. It was exciting to be part of it.”
You can watch the video of Welles Crowther by clicking here.
Game 2 – September 9, 2021
Calvert 40 LaPlata 0
In a total team effort, Calvert’s Gold Squad (JV) defeated LaPlata 40-0 on Thursday afternoon. The Gold squad evens their record to 1-1 and bounced back after losing to a more experienced Huntingtown team in week one.
With more than 70 family and friends making the trip to Charles County to cheer the Gold squad, the Cavaliers responded by taking their opening possession and marching down the field to score. Freshman Running Back King Jones (8) ran it in from inside the five-yard line to give Cavaliers the lead.
Running Backs Sophomore Deshaun Berry (2) and Freshman Brendan Jones (15) also ran touchdowns in from short yardage. Quarterback David Kauten (4) threw a touchdown pass to Freshman Jayden Boudreau (1) with three minutes to go in the second quarter.
On defense, the team played aggressively to hold LaPlata off the scoreboard. Late in the second quarter, Sophomore linebacker Zayden Lanthier (45) returned an interception for a touchdown.
Calvert was five for five in two-point conversions.
“We played well, and we can certainly build off of this win,” said Gold Head Coach Keith Hicks. “We still need to get better … we are pushing for excellence.”
Coach Hicks credits a good week of practice for the improved play this week. “When you practice hard that rolls over to game situations … I tell the players all the time, games are won in practice.”
The Gold squad plays their home opener next Saturday (9/18) against McDonough at 10 a.m.
Bleacher Report by: Dave Fitz