Calvert foot­ball shut out by West­lake

Wolver­ines’ suf­fo­cat­ing de­fense too much for Cava­liers

The Calvert Recorder - - Sports - By CHAR­LIE WRIGHT cwright@somd­

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.”

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