Calvert football shut out by Westlake
Wolverines’ suffocating defense too much for Cavaliers
The Westlake defense locked down the visiting Calvert on Friday night in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Chesapeake Division contest, shutting out their opponents 14-0 in front of a raucous crowd.
The Wolverines (3-1, 1-0 SMAC Chesapeake) racked up five sacks and generated seven plays for negative yardage, holding the Cavaliers (2-2, 0-1) to just 121 yards of total offense. Westlake running back Jordan Brumfield
led all players with 119 rushing yards on a gamehigh 20 carries and quarterback Jalon Spencer threw for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Momentum so often dictates game flow and scoring success in these contests, and when the home team grabbed it they refused to give it back. With the support of three full bleachers of boisterous fans, Westlake turned the tide on a single play and didn’t look back.
Calvert’s opening drive put its offense in prime position inside the Westlake 5-yard line after a 51-yard run by senior running back Gavin Lusby, but the Wolverines stood tall and forced a fumble on a fourth-down try. The Cavaliers would not threaten to score for the rest of the game.
“You win most of the one-on-one battles, you have the most opportunity to win,” Westlake head coach Tony Zaccarelli said. The Wolverines next play at Thomas Stone at 7 p.m. Thursday versus a Cougars team that went to 3-1 with a 23-10 win over Patuxent in Week 4. “Our defense did a great job doing that today. They had a great stand on the goal line. Gave up a big run, didn’t break.”
Calvert only trailed by a touchdown late in the third quarter. A pair of turnovers plus an inefficient first half by Westlake had kept the Cavaliers’ deficit to just one score, and it appeared
they would wrest away some of that momentum until Spencer delivered in two key situations on the Wolverines’ second touchdown drive.
Calvert forced Westlake into a pair of thirdand-long situations, only to watch Spencer roll out and find senior tight end Kobe Bins and then Qwashawn Mayes for drive-extending completions. The junior signal-caller had missed on eight of his first 10 throws but went 2 for 2 for 26 yards on the possession, which was capped off with a Brumfield 12-yard touchdown run.
“The more consistent that Jalon becomes, the more dynamic our offense will get,” Zaccarelli said. “When he’s able to make key throws in key possessions, downs, distance, it’s going to help out a lot.”
The Calvert offense managed just two first downs in each of the last two quarters as the Wolverines routinely swarmed in the backfield, leaving Cavaliers rushers with little space to operate.
“They’re very fast and talented up front,” Calvert head coach Rick Sneade said. “Their kids play exceptionally aggressive and confident in what they’re doing, so we got a little gun shy. They came across and gave us a fit.”
After losing starting quarterback Michael Floria last week, the tandem of Lusby and Jake Bowen completed just a single pass on seven attempts. Sneade used the former primarily as a runner,
while the latter was in there for most passing downs. Neither player had much time to throw, or any open receivers to choose from down the field.
“With Jake you have to move the pocket a little bit, because he’s not the biggest guy, so he can see where to throw the ball,” Sneade said. “We just didn’t have that, the protection wasn’t there. Again, their defense did a great job of closing down the routes pretty quickly
when we did try to move the pocket on play action.
The lone bright spot for Calvert was junior running back Leon Campbell, who rushed for 45 yards on eight carries despite not receiving a touch until the second half. Seven players were credited with rushing attempts for the Cavaliers, but Campbell was the only one to find consistent running room. He ripped off two runs for double-digit yardage and accounted for nearly half of the Calvert first downs.
Calvert will host North Point at 7 p.m. Thursday versus an Eagles team that went to 4-0 with a 5320 win over Great Mills in Week 4.
“We have a very large stable of young runners,” Sneade said. “He started to feel it a little bit so we stayed with him. It depends on which handle is going for us. I think they’re all gonna be good, very good football players.”