By the end of Friday night's game against Patuxent, the "SuperTre" logo that Calvert senior Treaven Wills draws on his left bicep was gone. And spectators couldn't see the No. 8 on front of his gold jersey, either.
But there was no doubt that Wills was there. The Cavaliers' wide receiver and defensive back returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown, blocked a punt and caught two touchdown passes--one of 91 yards--as Calvert (6-2, 4-2 Southern Maryland Athletic Conference) defeated the Panthers, 21-3.
"I've never had a game like that, not even when I was young and out there playing little league," said Wills, patting the worn-off design on his left arm. Before each game, he draws a replica of Superman's crest--with a T replacing the S--in permanent magic marker. "I can tell by this I gave everything I had out there tonight. We all did."
His uniform number was covered in mud, thanks to a downpour that lasted the entire second half.
Obviously, Wills's big plays propelled the Cavaliers, but the coaching staff pitched in with some new wrinkles, too. Calvert opened the game running a no-huddle offense for the first time this season, and that seemed to put the Panthers back on their heels.
"We've been working on the no-huddle for a few weeks [and] could have used it last week against La Plata. I just didn't think we needed it then," Calvert Coach Jerry Franks said. "But I knew coming into this one that they were a little bigger than we were, so we thought the no-huddle might give us a bit of an advantage in wearing them down."
Junior quarterback Orion Canine looked sharp in the quick attack, completing 6 of 11 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. For the season, Canine, the SMAC's top passer, has 984 yards in 68 completions. Junior running back Sean Mizzer gained 40 yards on 13 carries before leaving the game in the second half with a sore left ankle. Franks said Mizzer could have returned if needed.
Patuxent (6-2, 4-2) also was done in by turnovers. The Panthers lost two fumbles, and junior quarterback Judd Vail had two passes picked off--one by Wills and one by Kirk Ball. Sophomore Terry Caulley, the state's leading rusher heading into the game, managed 123 yards on 33 carries.
"The turnovers, that's what really killed us tonight," Patuxent Coach Jim Esposito said. "I thought our defense played well. We hung in there the whole game. We just kept stalling because of turnovers."
And because of Wills.
"He gets us hype," Calvert junior defensive end Chris Johnson said of Wills. "Last week he got beat deep on a couple of plays, but this week he stepped it up big time."
The Rushing Race
Charting the progress of Thomas Stone's Marcus Whalen and Patuxent's Terry Caulley, the SMAC's top two rushers.
Caulley Att. Yards TDs
Friday 33 123 0
Season 172 1,408 17
Whalen Att. Yards TDs
Monday -- -- --
Season 112 1,282 11
CAPTION: Patuxent's Develand Campbell hits Calvert runner Sean Mizzer, who later was sidelined by injury.
CAPTION: Calvert High quarterback Orion Canine fires a pass during the first period Friday night against Patuxent. Canine, who looked sharp in the Cavaliers' no-huddle offense, threw two touchdowns.