Everything you need to know about the Calvert football team is in its namesake package.
When the team arrives at the line in the “Cavalier” formation, junior 219-pound quarterback Jack Lanham has the option of handing off to three players in the backfield. Two of them, senior left guard Tavoy Maddox and senior defensive tackle Jordan Hunter , regularly start in the trenches.
When the Cavaliers needed to extend their lead in a 15-12 win over Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Chesapeake division rival Westlake, they called their own name. Once they entered the red zone Friday night at home in Prince Frederick, Maddox handled three straight carries.
He ran for a 14-yard first down, a four-yard touchdown and a three-yard two-point conversion that would make it a two-score game.
“We’re trying to send the message that we’re coming and nobody can stop us,” Maddox said. “You turn around, and you see all our teammates coming at you in awe. You don’t realize you scored until you see them coming at you.”
Junior fullback Levi Brickner handled 21 carries for 135 yards, launching knees into the chests of Westlake defenders and discarding others into the mud.
In addition to picking up two first downs on the Cavaliers’ final drive, Brickner recovered a fumble on the opening drive of the game and blew up a Wolverine waiting to receive an onside kick to help junior Shamar Gray recover it.
The onside kick came after a nine-yard Lanham touchdown run helped Calvert (7-2, 4-1 SMAC Chesapeake) take the lead. The ensuing 54-yard drive ended in Maddox’s battering runs.
“We’re just going to line up, we’re going to tell you where the ball is going, and we’re just going to run it right up and see if you can stop it,” Brickner said.
Westlake answered that drive with a Chad Palmer quarterback sneak for a touchdown that cut the lead to three with four seconds remaining in the first half. The junior was 13 for 19 for 154 yards and hit senior Jalen Elliott (81 yards receiving) on an 11-yard scoring strike to give Westlake an early lead.
Palmer twice put the Wolverines in position to win the game, but turnovers doomed them. Westlake’s final two possessions ended with an interception in the end zone by junior Cody Mason , who caught a dropped pass, and a fumbled completion recovered by senior Randy Burke .
The final fumble was even more devastating considering Palmer and Elliott had hooked up for a 37-yard completion on fourth and one earlier in the drive and the Wolverines had driven to the Calvert 15-yard line.
“We just made mental errors that cost us the game,” Palmer said. “We have a lot of fight in us. I’m very confident in our players because we’re very resilient.”
Wolverines Athletic Director Dominic Zaccarelli explained playoff scenarios in a postgame huddle.
With a home game against Patuxent — which lost to Thomas Stone on Friday night — next week, Westlake (7-2, 4-1) is still alive in the Maryland 2A South playoff race.