Mack­all, Calvert de­feat Stone

Run­ning back has over 200 yards and has 5 touch­downs in win for Cava­liers

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com

Among those who were in awe fol­low­ing Dre Mack­all’s five-touch­down per­for­mance in Calvert’s 48-20 win over vis­it­ing Thomas Stone on Fri­day night was team­mate Justin Morsell.

“The dude’s an an­i­mal,” said Morsell, a de­fen­sive end. “I mean, hands down he’s the best foot­ball player I’ve seen. I’m so blessed to have him on our team.”

The Cava­liers (3-2, 2-0 SMAC Ch­e­sa­peake) moved a game ahead of Stone and is now tied with West­lake for first place in the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence’s Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion. The Wolver­ines kept pace with a 27-6 win over Great Mills.

“The field was a lit­tle sloppy, but our kids played re­ally well with the con­di­tions,” Calvert head coach Rick Sneade said . “[These are] two teams that like to run be­tween the tack­les and down­hill, and the suc­cess they have run­ning the foot­ball with some of their ath­letes I felt good about our abil­ity to slow them down a bit. And I felt good about our abil­ity to run the ball, so it was a good night.”

“We played great,” Calvert de­fen­sive back David All­wine said. “We’ve been talk­ing all week about play­ing as a team and a [broth­er­hood]. The first two losses we had we were pretty shaky, but we stepped it up and we knew what to do.”

The Cava­liers, who never trailed in the game, led 19-17 at half­time but blew the game open by outscor­ing the Cougars 29-3 over the fi­nal two quar­ters.

Stone (3-2, 1-1) had won the pre­vi­ous three matchups be­tween the two games and hold a 7-6 edge since 2004. The teams did not face each other in 2012.

“We’re a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed in our play,” Cougars head coach Danny Rip­ple said. “I think we could have played a bit bet­ter but, re­gard­less our kids played hard. And like we just told them, ‘We put this one be­hind us and move on to the big one at Hunt­ing­town next week.’”

“I feel we played a good game be­sides mak­ing a cou­ple of mi­nor mis­takes,” said Stone re­ceiver Jaylen Kel­ley, who hauled in a 17-yard touch­down pass late in the open­ing quar­ter for the Cougars’ first points of the game. “But we’re go­ing to bounce back next week and move on.”

Mack­all, who had three touch­downs last week in an up­set win

over Lackey in Week 4, scored on runs of 13, 7, 18, 11 and 5 yards.

“My line was click­ing and ev­ery­thing was work­ing and they opened up the holes al­most every play,” said Mack­all, who never scored more than two touch­downs in a game in pound ball. “I’m ac­tu­ally not [tired] now. I feel good.”

“I wasn’t sur­prised,” Sneade said. “Our of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor [Chris] Turner was look­ing at the field con­di­tions and he was think­ing we would be hard­pressed for us to get out­side so we were go­ing to stay be­tween the tack­les, and Dre’s pretty ef­fec­tive at run­ning be­tween the tack­les.”

Mack­all, a se­nior, fin­ished with 213 yards on 26 car­ries. He had 94 yards and three touch­downs on just nine car­ries in the first quar­ter. He also added a 2-point con­ver­sion.

“We’ve known he’s a good back, we’ve known that for two years now,” Rip­ple said. “He ran well and he has a heck of an of­fen­sive line that was re­ally coached up and ready to go, so we weren’t sur­prised at all.”

Calvert led 19-7 mid­way through the se­cond quar­ter, but Trent Gask­ins scored on an 11yard run to com­plete an 11-play, 75-yard drive, dur­ing which the Cava­liers com­mit­ted a pair of 15yard pass in­ter­fer­ence penal­ties.

Af­ter Gask­ins tack­led Mack­all for a loss on fourth down, Stone took over with 57 sec­onds left in the half and no time­outs. A few plays later, the Cougars hur­ried to the line, barely got the snap off and Nicco Var­gas booted a 41-yard field goal with no time left to make it 19-17. Var­gas later added a 22-yarder.

“That was ridicu­lous,” Sneade said. “I was hon­estly wor­ried

those [last] three se­ries be­cause we didn’t have any more time­outs and I could feel our kids were play­ing out of their minds and not in a good way. They were scram­bling and it was scar­ing me to death, so for them to go down and ex­e­cute that play was re­ally nerve-wrack­ing for us.”

Calvert re­gained the mo­men­tum and never looked back when Mack­all scored on the teams’ first of­fen­sive se­ries of the se­cond half.

“It was a tale of mo­men­tum,” Rip­ple said. “They came out and had all the mo­men­tum for a while and we caught our wave lead­ing into the half, but then they re­gained the mo­men­tum and we could never get it back af­ter that.”

Calvert run­ning backs TJ Prather and Lucas Bernard also scored.

The Cava­liers’ de­fense forced three turnovers, in­clud­ing an in­ter­cep­tion by All­wine, which re­sulted in 14 points.

“I knew our [de­fen­sive] end was go­ing to put pres­sure on [Stone quar­ter­back Ron­nie Carter] and when he threw it I was right there,” All­wine said

of the pick, which he re­turned 48 yards to the Cougars 5-yard line.

Stone’s run­ning backs were held to 157 yards on the ground and Carter and Cole Lu­cia com­bined to com­plete just 5 of 17 passes. The Cougars are sched­uled to be at Hunt­ing­town at 7 p.m. Fri­day ver­sus a Hur­ri­canes squad that fell for the first time this sea­son in Week 5, 31-6 to North Point.

Calvert will play McDonough at 7 p.m. Fri­day in a con­test that will be played at Stone be­cause of field is­sues at McDonough.

“We knew they were go­ing to come out and play hard and bring it, so we put our big boy pants on,” Morsell said. “We’re do­ing well but we’re not con­tent though. We’re all go­ing to keep work­ing and get bet­ter as a unit.”

“Our de­fense is play­ing solid,” Sneade said. “We try and put them in a sit­u­a­tion where we don’t over­coach them and al­low them to play good foot­ball, and the more you can do that and the more they can play a fun­da­men­tal game the more they start gain­ing con­fi­dence.”

PHOTO BY DEB­BIE MCIN­TOSH

Thomas Stone’s Dae­vaun Shep­herd looks for ex­tra yardage in Fri­day night’s game ver­sus Calvert. The Cava­liers won 48-20.

PHOTO BY DEB­BIE MCIN­TOSH

Thomas Stone run­ning back Trent Gask­ins strug­gles for yardage against Calvert de­fend­ers Ja­cob Bowen, left, Dre Mack­all and Justin Morsell in Fri­day night’s game. The Cava­liers won 48-20.

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