Cougars pull away for win over Calvert

Stone foot­ball adds to 14-point half­time lead to down Cava­liers

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

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.

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