MILL CREEK – The Caravel football team adopted the phrase “Never Again” for motivation in the second half of the high school football season.
Which could also possibly be the answer to a question of if they’ll lose another game this season.
Junior running back Josiah Larkins ran for 137 yards and the game’s only touchdown, making a solid defensive effort stand up as the Buccaneers spoiled St. Mark’s homecoming with a 7-0 victory Friday night.
“We came in as underdogs and we just came to an agreement as a team – ‘Never again,’” explained Larkins, who scored from a yard out with 4:54 to go in the first half for the only offense Caravel would need. “So far, it’s worked out good for us since we’re on a two-game winning streak.”
“These guys worked hard all week. They were committed in practice, stayed after to watch to film and they played as a team tonight,” Caravel head coach John Reed said.
After a silent first quarter on both sides, the Buccaneers (3-3) broke through on two pass plays covering 49 yards from freshman quarterback Wyatt Nelson to Jawain Granger. Larkins busted through the Spartan defense on the next play for the lone score of the contest.
From there, the Caravel defense bottled up St. Mark’s potent running and passing game, limiting the Spartans to just 81 yards of total offense on the night.
“Our defensive scheme was pretty good tonight,” said senior defensive end Magnus Wamble, who had a key sack late in the fourth quarter. “We were blitzing off the edges every time they were in trips and the defensive line ate up blocks. That opened up holes for defensive backs and linebackers to run through.”
St. Mark’s had three shots in the final six minutes to tie the score, but Wamble ran down Billy Sullivan on third and long with about five minutes to go and pass break-ups by Nicholas Jones and Matthew Bowe sealed the shutout and a statement win for Caravel.
“We never felt disappointed after our losses. We knew we had more in the tank and we’re always in the game,” Wamble said. “We just came out to prove we can beat these teams and play all four quarters. That’s what it’s all about.”
“We’re just ready,” Larkins added. “We’re ready to prove that we are contenders and that we’re something to be reckoned with.”