Woodmore too much
The name can be a nightmare for public address announcers to say. The player is a nightmare for defensive coaches to prepare for – Jake Matwiejczyk.
For the PA announcer Friday night at Frost-Kalnow Stadium, there were plenty of opportunities to practice saying “Matwiejczyk.” The Woodmore quarterback was everywhere on the field, cutting through the Calvert defense, leading his Wildcats to a 48-14 victory over the Senecas.
It’s not Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles offense, but it was nearly as quick and just as effective. For Matwiejczyk and the Wildcats, it’s all about speed.
“We were able to move the ball fast, and that’s the whole point of our offense: move the ball fast, get down the field and score points,” Matwiejczyk said. “Score the most points we can. Get our defense on the field, get stops, get the ball back.”
A 9-of-10 passing effort for 129 yards and three touchdowns would be a solid game for most quarterbacks. Those were Matwiejczyk’s first quarter numbers.
Woodmore had 14 points on the board before Calvert was ever able to get its hands on the ball. Matwiejczyk quickly led his team down the field on the game’s opening possession. The Wildcats marched 67 yards in nine plays with Matwiejczyk hitting Evan Ulinski from 18 yards out for the first of what turned out to be many Woodmore scores.
“He’s just very patient in the pocket,” Calvert coach Todd Fox said of Matwiejczyk. “He picks through the secondary. Coach (Pat) Herron did a nice adjustment there in the second quarter and really, we shot ourselves in the foot so much. He’s just a good quarterback. He’s very sound fundamental and does all the right things.”
Calvert was ready to respond, but the Wildcat offense wasn’t ready to leave the field. Coach Britton Devier called for an onside kick. Woodmore pounced on it, giving Matwiejczyk another chance to strike.
“We saw it on film that they lined up a certain way, so we decided if we scored on our first series we were going to go for it to try to get up two quick,” Devier said.
Four plays later, Matwiejczyk found Ulinski streaking down the right sideline for a 42-yard scoring toss and a 14-0 lead.
“That was huge, keeping their offense off the field and letting us score as many points as possible,” Matwiejczyk said. “That’s always a great advantage at the beginning of the game.”
“Our kids, anytime we can get up, obviously the momentum is to your side,” Devier added. “I’ll give Calvert credit though. They battled back, made it a game there in the first half.”
After Matwiejczyk connected with Malachi Brown for Woodmore’s third touchdown of the first quarter, Calvert began to fight back in the second. Tyler Long hit Donavon Stith from 28 yards out to get Calvert on the scoreboard. But very quickly, Woodmore answered.
Two Matwiejczyk runs and the Wildcats were back in the end zone. A 56-yard dash upped the score to 28-7.
Calvert kept fighting. Long hit Stith on a screen pass and the junior raced 67 yards for the touchdown. Brown tacked on a field goal for Woodmore to make the score 31-14 at the half.
In the second half, the turnovers began to mount for Calvert. The Senecas gave the ball up on their first three second-half possessions.
Meanwhile, Brown hit another field goal and Matwiejczyk threw his fourth touchdown on the night, a 1-yard toss to Tony Rozzi.
Matwiejczyk finished the night with 158 yards passing, 198 yards on the ground and five total touchdowns.
“He’s an outstanding young man, an outstanding quarterback,” Devier said. “You saw tonight, he can run, he can throw and he gets a lot of help by a lot of real close friends on our team.”
Calvert had seven turnovers in the game. For Fox, that is way too many mistakes against a team Woodmore’s caliber.
“You can’t play a good team like that, they’re a very good football team, with so many mistakes and so many errors. You just can’t play a team like that,” he said. “It’s Week 3 and we still play like a bunch of rookies and we can’t have that. We’ll go back to work tomorrow and try to improve.”
Stith finished the night with 161 yards receiving on six catches. Adam Recker rushed 22 times for 111 yards.
But Fox knows a lot must be done for Calvert (0-3) to turn its season around.
“Back to the drawing board,” he said. “I still believe in my kids, but they got to continue to believe in themselves and do the little things right.”