McDonough foot­ball loses to Calvert

Rams fall by a touch­down

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @cfh­philly

Through three weeks the Calvert Cava­liers foot­ball team was in a good place, un­beaten and rid­ing high af­ter the pro­gram’s first-ever win over peren­nial South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence power North Point in Week 3.

If the team’s col­lec­tive head was in the clouds af­ter the im­pres­sive 28-7 win over North Point, it would fig­ure to be back down on Earth af­ter the Cava­liers’ Week 4 game at McDonough.

The Cava­liers de­feated the Rams 40-8 in 2015, but this year’s game held a lit­tle more drama, as Calvert suc­ceeded in main­tain­ing their still-spot­less record but by a 14-7 mar­gin.

“We had a McDonough team that gave us ev­ery­thing we could han­dle. It was their home­com­ing and those kids came out and played with a lot of ef­fort and pas­sion,” Calvert head coach Rick Sneade said of the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Ch­e­sa­peake Divi­sion game in a phone in­ter­view on Mon­day af­ter­noon. “Our big­gest flaw was our ex­e­cu­tion. We didn’t ex­e­cute very well. I’m not happy about that, but I am happy about go­ing out and play­ing a feisty McDonough team and still have a win at the end of the night in a tight ball­game like that. It eas­ily could have been a loss for us con­sid­er­ing that we didn’t play very well and McDonough came out on fire.”

Calvert (4-0, 1-0 SMAC Ch­e­sa­peake) took a 14-0 lead in the first half on a pair of Jack Lan­ham touch­down runs. The Cava­liers were led by Shamar Gray, who rushed for 135 yards to spear­head a rush­ing at­tack that ac­cu­mu­lated al­most 200 yards. But that was a far cry from the 400-plus Calvert rolled up in last year’s win over the Rams.

“It was their home­com­ing game and their kids were def­i­nitely up for it,” Sneade said. “They came out and had a great game plan. You look at their record and they’ve won one ball­game, but they haven’t been out of reach in any of the games they’ve played in. They’re play­ing tough, and de­fen­sively they cre­ate a lot of prob­lems, and that’s some­thing every­body in the con­fer­ence is talk­ing about, the way play de­fense and bring pres­sure.

“We went out and played a great game last week and maybe it was hard to du­pli­cate that two weeks in a row. We didn’t seem like the same team. We have to get more con­sis­tency from our guys.”

McDonough (1-3, 0-1) scored a third-quar­ter touch­down to cut the deficit to 14-7, but was un­able to ever pull even. The Rams, who are sched­uled to play at West­lake at 7 p.m. Fri­day against a Wolver­ines team which lost 30-18 ver­sus North Point in Week 4, have lost three straight with the lat­ter two com­ing against still-un­beaten teams in Chop­ti­con and Calvert.

McDonough head coach Jonathan Briscoe could not be reached for com­ment.

Calvert will be look­ing to go 5-0 when it plays its sched­uled game at Leonard­town at 6 p.m. Fri­day ver­sus a Raiders squad that fell to North­ern in Week, 27-6.

The Cava­liers have a huge Week 6 matchup against Patux­ent loom­ing the fol­low­ing week, one that could po­ten­tially fea­ture a pair of un­beaten teams. Af­ter a less-than-op­ti­mal show­ing at McDonough fol­low­ing the win over North Point, Sneade was hop­ing his team would ex­e­cute bet­ter this week at Leoan­rd­town head­ing into the clash with Patux­ent.

“I have to do a bet­ter job as the head coach to keep us even-keeled,” he said. “There’s no ar­gu­ing, that was a big win for the pro­gram [against North Point] and a big win for the kids. There are a lot of things that are mile­stones when you go out and beat a North Point, but we prob­a­bly cel­e­brated for a lit­tle too long in that it pro­longed be­yond the week­end and went on into Mon­day and then af­fected our prac­tices this past week.”

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