Calvert focused as it travels to improved North Baltimore

In the days before last week’s game against Carey, Calvert coach Todd Fox amped up the intensity, referring to that contest as a “must-win.”

The Senecas responded with perhaps their best performance of the year.

But here’s the thing about declaring a must-win in Week 6. When you win that game, you still have four more.

Calvert’s next test comes tonight, when the Senecas travel west to take on an improved North Baltimore squad.

Again, Fox says Calvert has to take care of business.

“Every week’s a must-win; we’re looking to justify our win last week,” said Fox, whose team sits at 2-4, but is one of the six teams tied for first in the Midland Athletic League with a 2-1 mark.

North Baltimore (2-4) is 0-3 in the MAL despite having the best offense (yardage-wise) in the conference. The Tigers are capable of putting up points – they scored 34 in a loss at Seneca East last week – but their defense has struggled. The Tigers are second-to-last against the run and the pass in the MAL.

“Offensively, they’re dynamic,” Fox said. “Last week, they didn’t back down. They kept playing for four quarters. I think that’s one of the biggest things coach [Greg] Bishop’s done there.”

Tigers’ quarterback Lane Bishop is having a stellar season, throwing for 12 touchdowns and more than 1,300 yards. He’s also third in the league in rushing yards, with 804.

North Baltimore has the top two receivers – reception-wise – in the league in Gabe Del Los Reyes and Sean Watson. De Los Reyes has 32 catches for 364 yards, while Watson has 28 for 302.

Fox said that defensively, North Baltimore still is “growing.”

“They swarm to the football, they play sound, fundamental football,” he said. “So we’re gonna have our work cut out for us.”

Fox said Calvert just needs to play the type of game it showed it was capable of a week ago against the Blue Devils.

“We came together as a group,” Fox said. “Wasn’t probably the most pleasant week of practice last week or this week, but we’re determined to play to the ability we know we’ve had all season long. We need to continue doing that day after day.”

Fox said it all comes down to focus.

“You look at our first five games, we’d be doing great, and we’d lose focus, have a turnover here and there,” he said. “Just continue that focus each and every play, and see what the outcome is.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.