Calvary was hoping for a quick start against BTW on Friday night.
It happened on the first play from scrimmage, as Daniel Fitzwater connected with Colin Stogner for a 63-yard touchdown to set the tone for the Cavaliers’ 35-21 victory in front of a festive homecoming crowd at Jerry Barker Stadium.
“Coach said we had to come out focused, and we did. We rallied around each other and played well,” said Stogner, who finished with five receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
Calvary head coach John Bachman was satisfied but saw room for improvement.
Said Bachman: “We won the football game. I was happy with the way we came out and executed in the first half, but we were sloppy in the second half. That’s part of coaching, but I’ll take the win.”
It was all Calvary (6-1, 2-0 District 1-2A) for most of three quarters. After a Weston Steelhammer 66-yard punt return for a touchdown was called back because of a penalty, Fitzwater capped an eight-play drive with a quarterback sneak to make it 14-0.
On the Lions next possession, Jeremy Taylor intercepted a Marquis Musco pass and returned it back into Lions territory. Fitzwater then hit Stogner again from 22 yards out to make it 21-0. The Lions recovered a fumbled punt return at the Cavaliers 15, but the Calvary defense pushed back and BTW turned the ball over on downs.
The Cavaliers defense allowed just 35 yards offense in the first half. The beginning of the second half was more of the same, as Calvary blocked a BTW punt deep in Lions territory. Four plays later, Fitzwater dove in for another touchdown to make it 28-0. Fitzwater finished the night 15-for-29 for 255 yards, four total touchdowns with no turnovers. Shun Brown returned another Musco interception 76 yards to set up a first-and-goal for the Calvary offense. Freshman quarterback Jake Bartley ran in the touchdown from 3 yards out to make it 35-0.
BTW (3-4, 0-2) tried to mount a rally in the fourth quarter, scoring 21 unanswered points led by Musco’s two touchdown passes to Arthur Jones.