McDonough football loses to Calvert
Rams fall by a touchdown
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.”