Cougars pull away for win over Calvert
Stone football adds to 14-point halftime lead to down Cavaliers
Eight days after his team squandered a 15-0 halftime lead against Westlake, Thomas Stone second-year head football coach Danny Ripple did not have to get too creative when he addressed his team at the intermission on Friday evening when the Cougars owned a 14-0 lead over Calvert.
This time, Stone not only maintained the advantage they actually added to it as the Cougars prevailed 27-7 in a clash Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Chesapeake Division rivals. Ripple had sensed the team was prepared to rebound from its setback in Week 5 to Westlake, which saw the Wolverines win 19-15, following a good start to the week of practice.
“When we were up 14-0 at halftime the other night, I didn’t have to think too much about what to tell them,” Ripple said. “They remembered what had happened the week before against Westlake. But they were ready for my brief speech. We had a good practice the Monday after the game, so I knew they were ready to put that Westlake game behind them.”
Ripple also felt confident the Cougars (4-2, 2-1 SMAC Chesapeake) had put their Westlake collapse behind them when Stone marched 80 yards and got on the board on its opening drive of the game when Hopeton Mair scored from one yard out. Then just before the intermission, Jordan Christian gave the Cougars a 14-0 lead when he scored on a 49-yard touchdown run.
Leading 14-0 at the half, Stone and Calvert (2-4, 0-2) played to a scoreless third quarter and the Cougars forged a 20-0 lead early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Delonta Nunnally connected with wide receiver
Hezekiah Hawkins on an 81-yard scoring strike. Calvert countered with its lone score of the game, but Stone responded when Christian added its second touchdown of the night on a 1-yard run, set up by his 49-yard run on the previous play.
“Jordan probably ran for close to 200 yards the other night,” Ripple said. “He had that long touchdown run in the first quarter, then he had another long run in the fourth quarter to get down to the 1-yard line. But that first drive of the game set the tone for the game.”
Stone will host La Plata (4-2, 2-0), fresh off its 2614 victory over previously undefeated Lackey in Week 6, at 7 p.m. Friday, in the Cougars’ annual homecoming game.
Calvert will look to regain its winning ways this weekend when it travels to Patuxent (1-5, 1-2) to face a Panthers squad that notched its first win of the season in Week 6 against McDonough, 27-14.