Post by melodramatic on Oct 12, 2019 2:18:10 GMT -5
Calvary vs Savannah Christian lived up to the billing of being the Game of the Week. Raiders won 43-36 and it was a hell of a game. Up next for the Raiders is a tough McIntosh squad. Hopefully the Raiders can go there and get the win
Savannah Christian running back Marquell Brown uses blocking for a short gain against the Calvary Day defense on Friday night at Pooler Stadium.
Calvary Day came out throwing and looked strong early on as the Cavaliers faced off in their rivalry game with host Savannah Christian on Friday night.
But the Raiders responded to every challenge and played a tough brand of football in the second half with a defense that made big plays down the stretch, and an offense that lit up the scoreboard.
Savannah Christian scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and edged Calvary 43-36 in a pivotal Region 3-A East matchup at Pooler Stadium.
The Raiders improved to 3-2 and 2-0 in region play, and the Cavaliers fell to 5-1 and 1-1.
Senior running back Marquell Brown had 18 carries on the night and rushed for 84 of his 127 yards in the second half. He put a memorable shimmy move on a Cavalier defensive back at midfield on a 32-yard scamper in the fourth quarter and finished off the drive with a 9-yard scoring run that proved to be the winning touchdown with 4:07 left.
“Marquell Brown was tired, and I asked him if he neededarest,buthewanted to stay in,” SCPS coach Baker Woodward said. “He took over in the second half. Our offense never gave up, andIthoughtourconditioning helped us put this one away in the fourth quarter.
Brown also had a 75-yard kickoff return to set up a 10-yard scoring run by freshman Ely Brown in the third quarter, responding to a Calvary touchdown pass from Thomas Carver to Juwan Johnson.
“We were motivated because Calvary Day is our rivals,” Brown said. “We showed the passion we have for the game tonight.”
Ely Brown played like a veteran, with the touchdown run, a scoring catch and a big interception that set up the Raiders’ winning drive. Linebacker Chase Beard played well all game, and came up huge with an interception with 2:53 left.
SCPS quarterback Spencer Robicheaux was 11 of 19 for 144 yards and the touchdown pass to Ely Brown, and he added 41 yards rushing.
Carver was airing it out all night, but a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions were costly. He completed 25 of 36 passes for 306 yards with the two touchdowns and two picks. His final pass of the game fell incomplete near the end zone after a scramble to keep the play alive. He also rushed for 46 yards and a pair of scores on the night.
His trusty target, fellow senior Jay Wetherington, had eight catches for 143 yards and a score and added a pair of two-point conversions. He left the field with an apparent knee injury on the Cavs' final drive.
Calvary junior Greg Daniel rushed for 110 yards and a score on 24 carries.
“In a game like this, it comes down to a few plays here and there that can make things happen— good or bad,” Calvary coach Mark Stroud said. “We told the kids we love them, and one game doesn’t define this team or our season. They fought hard, but one team had to lose and it happened to be us tonight.’
Calvary Day scored on its first possession as the Cavs went 80 yards in 13 plays. Carver bounced off a lineman and eluded the rush— buying some time as he found Cameron Selders down the right sideline for a 30-yard gain to get things started.
Carver rolled to his left to end the drive as he found Wetherington camped out in the left side of the end zone and connected for a 29-yard scoring strike.
On the Cavs' next drive, Carver hit Wetherington on a slant for a pick-up of 36 yards. Greg Daniel went up the gut on the next play for a 27-yard run, and one play later, Carver took it in himself with a 13-yard scoring run around the right end. The extra point was missed and Calvary led 13-0 with 1:40 left in the first quarter.
Savannah Christian got on the board in the second quarter as quarterback Robicheaux found his rhythm. He connected on three of four passes on the 58-yard drive — finishing things off with a 28-yard scoring strike to Ely Brown on a post pattern as SCPS cut the lead to 13-7.
Selders made a big return on the ensuing kickoff to set Calvary up at the SCPS 45. Carver hit Wetherington twice for first downs and Daniel closed it out with a 3-yard touchdown run. Carver hit Wetherington for a 2-point conversion and Calvary went up 21-7 with 6:03 left in the half.
But the Raiders rallied at the end of the half. Robicheaux hit George Futch for a 30-yard gain and then added a 17-yard scramble for a first down. One play later, Dawson Benton barged into the end zone from 3 yards out as SCPS closed the deficit to 21-14.
Calvary was penalized on the ensuing kickoff, moving the Cavs back to their 7-yard line. On the next play, Peyton Cromwell sacked Carver in the end zone for a safety with 1:45 left in the half. Calvary led 21-16 at intermission.
Savannah Christian came out with a huge play to start the second half as freshman kicker Conner Graham recovered his own onside kick. Three plays later, Robicheaux weaved his way down the left sideline for an 18-yard scoring run that put SCPS up 22-21. Benton had two rushed on the night, scoring on short runs both times for the Raiders.
“This one was super important for us,” said SCPS’s standout two-way lineman Colby Quinney. “As seniors, it was real big to beat our rivals, and I thought it showed the hard work we’ve put in all summer has paid off.”
CD 13 8 15 0 —36 SC 0 16 13 14 —43 First quarter
CD—Jay Wetherington 29 pass from Thomas Carver (Ethan Anderson kick) CD—Carver 13 run (kick failed)
SC—Ely Brown 28 pass from Spencer Robicheaux (Conner Graham kick) CD—Greg Daniel 3 run (Wetherington pass from Carver)
SC—Dawson Benson 3 run (Graham kick) SC—Peyton Cromwell sacked Carver in end zone for safety
SC—Robicheaux 18 run(kick failed) CD—Juwan Johnson 19 pass from Carver (Wetherington pass from Carver) SC—Ely Brown 10 run (Graham kick)
SC—Dawson Benton 2 run (Graham kick) SC—Marquell Brown 9 run (Graham kick)
Post by raiderman85 on Oct 12, 2019 21:39:49 GMT -5
4th quarter it seemed as if each play someone from either side slowly got up and their pride willed them back to the huddle only to do it again. They would drag up and never look to the sidelines for relief. Calvary 10 must have been helped off 6-8 times. This was slobber knocker. To compare it to games of another era would be unfair.
jodypeterman: JMA, Fred, Heritage, Tiftarea, Southland, Valwood, Loganville Christian - and BA and Pinewood looking like they can beat somebody. Sorry for sending JMA twice. Not used to typing on desk top.
Oct 3, 2019 13:41:08 GMT -5
tuckydawg: Very little activity in the AAAAAAA forum. Come on guys, been some good football in 7A this year.
Oct 3, 2019 17:00:23 GMT -5
toptencane: Would love to see D.J. in red and black.
Oct 13, 2019 18:00:16 GMT -5