Stone foot­ball shut out by Calvert; Charg­ers, Ea­gles, Spar­tans, Wolver­ines all win

Gray, Ma­son key as Calvert shuts out Stone

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

If it wasn’t Calvert run­ning back Shamar Gray mak­ing plays on of­fense with his elu­sive speed, it was de­fen­sive back Cody Ma­son com­ing up huge on de­fense and on special teams in Fri­day night’s Southern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion foot­ball con­test ver­sus vis­it­ing Thomas Stone.

The two se­niors ac­counted for five of the six touch­downs in Calvert’s 41- 0 vic­tory over the Cougars on se­nior night be­fore a huge crowd in Prince Fred­er­ick.

Calvert ( 7- 1, 3- 1 SMAC Ch­e­sa­peake) is tied for se­cond in the di­vi­sion with county ri­val Patux­ent and is mak­ing push for the Class 2A South Re­gion play­offs with two weeks re­main­ing. The Cava­liers take on host West­lake at 7 p. m. Fri­day ver­sus a Wolver­ines squad that edged La Plata in Week 8, 32- 29, and ends the reg­u­lar sea­son in Week 10 at Lackey,

two crit­i­cal games with play­off im­pli­ca­tions on the line.

“Our of­fense and de­fense is made up of a lot of se­niors and for them to go out and play that hard and set the tone was im­por­tant be­cause Thomas Stone had played some great games this year and if you keep those around who knows what hap­pens,” Calvert head coach Rick Sneade said.

The Cava­liers had suc­cess all night with its run game, rush­ing for 362 yards on 41 car­ries, over 8 1/2 yards per carry. Gray fin­ished with 202 of those yards on 17 car­ries to go with four touch­downs.

Calvert did not waste any time as Gray broke on the first play of the game 15 sec­onds in for a 60-yard touch­down run.

“Ev­ery­one in the hud­dle we’re all se­niors and we said that we are go­ing to score on the first play and that is what we did,” Gray said. “We’ve grown and ma­tured a lot from last year and we want to go out this year with a bang.”

Early in the se­cond quar­ter, the Stone of­fense drove all the way to the Calvert 2-yard line. But on fourth down and goal, se­nior quar­ter­back Jonathan Har­ris was stuffed at the 1 by Ma­son, who made a huge tackle to help halt a drive that went 68 plays on six plays.

“I had to step up for my team and that’s all I had to do,” Ma­son said. “Tonight we had to make our fans and coaches proud.”

On the en­su­ing drive, Calvert re­sponded with a 13-play, 99-yard drive that was capped by a 26-yard touch­down scam­per by Gray with 2 min­utes 56 sec­onds left in the se­cond. On the ninth play of that drive, a fourth down and 5, Ma­son rushed for eight yards to pick up the first down to keep the drive alive on a fake punt.

“We have to fin­ish on that that drive and in con­trast [Calvert] drove 99 yards, we have to get our de­fense off the field,” Stone head coach Danny Rip­ple said. “It was some­thing that we were get­ting bet­ter at, un­for­tu­nately it dis­ap­peared tonight. Hats off to Calvert and their staff, they com­pletely out­coached and out­played us in ev­ery phase tonight.”

Ma­son made another huge play on de­fense as he in­ter­cepted a Har­ris pass and ran 63 yards for the score with 15.3 sec­onds left in the first half to push the Cava­liers’ lead to the even­tual 20-0 halftime lead. Calvert had two picks on the night as Da­juan Wil­lett had one in the first quar­ter.

“That pick-six was big for Cody be­cause we have a lot of run­ning backs and had to put him on full-time de­fense, so him being able to score on de­fense was huge,” Sneade said.

In the se­cond half, Calvert tacked on 21 more points as se­nior quar­ter­back Jack Lan­ham had a 15-yard touch­down run for the only points in the third quar­ter. Gray added two more fourth-quar­ter scores with runs of 24 and 34 yards.

The Cava­liers de­fense, which had three take­aways in the game, held Stone to 97 yards of to­tal of­fense.

Stone (4-4, 3-2) had its three-game win streak snapped. It will host Patux­ent, which de­feated Chop­ti­con 29-21 in Week 8, at 7 p.m. Fri­day

Stone’s Delonta Nun­nally had a in­ter­cep­tion in the game.


Thomas Stone se­nior run­ning back De’John Broad­wa­ter looks for run­ning room as Calvert de­fen­sive line­man Tyler Smith, left, and Joey Os­borne trail be­hind the play in Fri­day night’s SMAC Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion con­test at Calvert High School in Prince Fred­er­ick. Calvert won the game 41- 0.

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