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Trailing by two points following a huge defensive stand, the Westlake offense had five minutes to work with on its final drive versus host Calvert in Friday night’s rainy football clash.
Starting the pivotal drive at midfield, Westlake orchestrated a seven-play drive that was capped by junior quarterback Antwaine Carter’s one-yard plunge into the end zone with 1 minute 54 seconds remaining.
Senior Desmond Holley then ran in the two-point conversion as the Wolverines left Prince Frederick with a 14-8 victory, with all 14 points coming in the second half.
Carter had a huge 14-yard run during the drive and senior running back Darrell Reeves had four rushes for 32 yards during that span. Reeves finished with 88 yards on 17 carries, 62 of them coming in the second half.
After rushing for only 48 yards in the first half, Westlake rushed the football 23 times for 124 yards in the final two quarters.
“If it wasn’t for the offensive line, we wouldn’t have been able to get the yards,” said Carter, who rushed for 35 yards total and completed two passes for 35 yards. “We came out a different team in the second half and we executed our rushing attack.”
“Antwaine is starting to come together and really took hold of our offense tonight and had good ball security,” Westlake head coach Marlon Curtis said. “Darrell really provided a spark for us on the ground, he was determined to get the extra yard.”
It was the second straight win for Westlake (3-2, 2-1 SMAC), which shut out visiting Northern 46-0 in Week 3.
Curtis said that he was proud of his squad for not dwelling on the past when they were down and came out a different team in the second half.
“We needed this win, it’s good that we have two straight under our belt,” Curtis said. “This was our first game of the season playing in the rain, but the guys kept pushing and in the second half, we had the momentum on our side.”
The Westlake defense brought relentless pressure all night, sacking Calvert quarterback senior Jermaine Hunter nine times and yielded only 79 yards on 32 carries from the Cavaliers. It forced five punts on 10 possessions as Calvert also turned the ball over on downs three times.
“That’s their style of play, they have a lot of athletes that explode off the ball,” Calvert head coach Rick Sneade said. “We were hoping to chew up the clock before Westlake got the ball back late in the fourth, but we came up short.”
Westlake seniors Roderick Caine and Dashaun Cummings had 3 1/2 sacks each. Caine and senior linebacker Marquel Lee led the Wolverines with 14 tackles, while Holley had 13 and Cummings finished with 10 to lead the fierce defense.
“It was a team effort. The coaches, players, fans all supported us and really got us going,” said Holley, who plays linebacker.
Cummings added, “We had to step up every play and in the second half, we had a lot of motivation. There was a lot of positive energy.”
After coming off a 210-yard, five-touchdown rushing performance in a 40-14 win over La Plata in Week 3, Hunter only completed two passes for 41 yards and rushed 13 times for only three yards. His longest run for positive yardage was on a 37-yard scamper in the third. Hunter intercepted a Carter pass early in the second quarter.
“Calvert is a dangerous team, and No. 7 [Hunter] is very elusive,” Curtis said. “Our defense just kept on coming at him every play and we just wanted to slow him down. He’s a very good athlete that will help a college program out.”
On a Calvert punt with 7:16 left in the fourth quarter, Westlake senior Bruce Tyler was tackled in the end zone for a safety by senior Datavious Thomas as he tried to reverse field on the return.
Thomas, who plays wide receiver and linebacker, also caught one ball for 39 yards in the first half, had an interception in the fourth quarter and finished with a combined 86 yards on kick and punt returns.
“I didn’t think the safety would get us over the top, it was still a long game at that point,” Sneade said. “Datavious is a special kid, he can play anywhere on the field. He has a great smile and is very humble. He doesn’t understand how good he can be, and he is definitely a spark to our team.”
On its first drive of the game, Calvert (3-2, 2-2) went on a 3-play 44-yard drive that was capped by sophomore running back MJ Wallace’s 16-yard run to give it the early 6-0 lead, which would be the eventual halftime score.
Wallace had a 27-yard run to help set up that touchdown play and finished with 62 yards on eight carries.
Late in the third quarter, the Wolverines tied the game at 6 as senior Michael Brooks capped off an 11-play. 57-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown run. The extra point failed, keeping it tied at 6.
“I had to punch it in we needed to get on the board,” Brooks said. “We were moving the ball well, and I got some good blocks.”
Westlake will host La Plata and Calvert will travel to Northern for 7 p.m. contests Friday.
Westlake 14, Calvert 8
Westlake 0 0 6 8
Calvert 6 0 0 2
C Wallace 16 run (kick failed), 2:39
W Brooks 6 run (kick failed), 10:54
C Safety, Thomas tackle in end zone, 4:44
W Carter 1 run (Holly run), 10:06
W (13 first downs, 41-172 rushing, 35 passing, 1-0 fumbles, 8-60 penalties)
C (6 first downs, 32-79 rushing, 41 passing, 2-0 fumbles, 7-50 penalties)
Top individual performers
Rushing W: Reeves 17-88, Carter 10-35; C: Wallace 8-62
Passing W: Carter 2-11-2 35; C: Hunter 2-11-0 41
Receiving W: Napoleon 1-23; Lee 1-14; C: Thomas 1-39