The Numbers

Coach: Mark Watson, first season

Region: 2A South

Past five seasons: 34-20, two playoff appearances

Starters back: Eight on offense, nine on defense

The Breakdown

The Cavaliers may be young, but they are experienced, and they'll be around for a while. Two-thirds of Calvert's 36-man roster are either sophomores or juniors. Most saw significant playing time last season.

"There's not a team in the conference that has 15 sophomores and juniors who have 10 games of varsity experience," said Watson, who took over the program in July when Ed Hottle left to become the coach at Gallaudet University.

Calvert essentially started from scratch last season after its enrollment was decimated by graduation and the opening of Huntingtown. Hottle threw plenty of underclassmen into action. While many of them struggled, Watson, a former assistant, thinks it toughened them.

Not that some of them needed the hard knocks. Sophomore linebackers Danny Brickner and Mike Kelly both started all last season and impressed coaches on both the Calvert and opposing sidelines.

In the backfield, Calvert returns senior Donovan Harris and junior Gerard Muschette, who split the starting duties last season, while both battled injuries. Their effectiveness could make senior Kevin Freeburger more of a deep threat. Freeburger is a shifty runner and a dangerous return man.

Leading the way for them is a cast of eight or nine linemen, highlighted by three veteran starters -- seniors Aaron Cook, Jake Hornick and Adam Milstead.

The Countdown

Sept. 9

at Leonardtown, 7

Sept. 16

Lackey, 7

Sept. 24

at La Plata, 2

Oct. 1

at Patuxent, 7

Oct. 7

Westlake, 7

Oct. 14

at Thomas Stone, 7

Oct. 20

Northern, 7

Oct. 28

at Chopticon, 7

Nov. 4

McDonough, 7

Nov. 10

Huntingtown, 7

The Rewind

2004 Results

Sept. 3

lost to Lackey, 45-7

Sept. 10

lost to La Plata, 12-0

Sept. 18

lost at Westlake, 41-0

Sept. 25

lost to T. Stone, 28-16

Oct. 1

lost at McDonough, 41-7

Oct. 8

lost at Chopticon, 22-0

Oct. 15

won at Great Mills, 17-14

Oct. 22

lost to Leonardtown, 24-21

Oct. 29

lost at Northern, 52-7

Nov. 5

lost to Patuxent, 45-20