Calvary dumped four first-quarter touchdowns on Red River en route to a 53-6 win Friday to wrap up the District 1-2A title in the regular season finale.
The Cavaliers’ (6-4, 5-0) defense stifled Red River (7-3, 3-2), pitching a defensive shutout with the Bulldogs’ lone points coming on a Dekerrian Davis interception return late in the second quarter.
Calvary running back Orlando Bradford contributed the first two scores — a 5-yard run and a 63-yard screen pass from quarterback Shea Patterson.
Coach John Bachman said the quick start was a necessity in a game the Cavaliers were favored to win.
“That quick start is everything because it puts you in a mindset of what you have to do,” Bachman said. “You can’t let the opponent be unsure about whether or not they have a chance.
“I don’t mean that in a bad way, but we did what we should have done (Friday).”
Defensive back Chanse Sylvie arguably sealed the deal with a 45-yard interception return to give Calvary a 22-0 lead at the 7:13 of the first quarter.
The Bulldogs mounted a drive that neared Calvary’s red zone on the next possession, but Jared Brown intercepted a fourth-down pass to end Red River’s best scoring chance offensively.
Calvary tacked on one more first-quarter touchdown when Patterson found Jordan Kennedy from 16 yards out to grab a 29-0 edge.
Junior Shun Brown set up Calvary’s early scores with long kick returns, totaling more than 200 kick and punt return yards. He capped that night with a 56-yard reception on fourth-and-11 for a Cavaliers’ 36-0 lead.
Patterson played late into the second quarter, throwing for 209 yards on 8-of-12 with three touchdowns.
“The beginning of the season tested our faith, but we grew as a team,” said Patterson, whose Cavaliers started 1-4 before winning the last five games. “It was important to get more comfortable as a team. We’ve developed that chemistry now … and we bought in.”
For Red River, coach Reginald Prealow said his team has to recover before a first-round home playoff game next week.
“We’re young and rebuilding, but we’re not content with seven wins,” Prealow said. “We didn’t execute (Friday), and we’ve got to try to get on the same page.”
Second-half scores include a Jake Bartley 4-yard run and a Kyle Jones 17-yard run.
Kicker Thomas Sanford made a 32-yard field goal (second quarter) and all six extra-point attempts.
The LHSAA releases playoff brackets Sunday.