Calvert clobbers Raiders in SBC opener
KANSAS – Todd Fox talked about his team having a chip on its collective shoulder after Calvert’s rally against Norwalk St. Paul fell just short last week.
What the Senecas carried to Lakota here Friday night was more like a 2 x 4.
Calvert scored on six straight possessions to close the first half and lay the groundwork for a 59-7 romp over the Raiders.
Back in the Sandusky Bay Conference for the third time in school history, the win was Calvert’s first in SBC play in 30 years and the first such win over the Raiders in half of a century. Lakota was an SBC member from 1960-66 and is now back as well.
“We played well,” Fox said after his club evened its record at 2-2. “You’re always happy when you can play a game like this on the road. We keep getting better – that’s what we’re working for each and every week.”
Junior quarterback Park Hemminger tossed four touchdown passes and ran 30 yards for another score in the first half alone as the Senecas piled up 471 yards in total offense, 360 of them in the first two periods.
The defense got into the act as well in producing six turnovers, four of them leading to scores.
It began with a 6-yard TD toss from Hemminger to Corbin Kantner after Robby Paul’s interception put the Senecas in position. It was the first of three scoring strikes with Kantner.
Two minutes later, running back Fred Fabrizio raced 47 yards for a touchdown and three minutes after that, it was Hemminger hooking up with Alex Keller for a 79-yard touchdown and a 21-0 first quarter lead.
“The first series, you always kind of a script it to see what they’re going to give you,” Fox said. “We guessed wrong in our script, but we saw some things we thought we could do to them. From there, things just took off pretty well for us.”
That they did.
By halftime, it was 42-0 after Hemminger hooked up with Kantner for touchdowns covering 10 and 20 yards. The quarterback contributed his 30-yard TD run with two minutes to go in the half.
The first of those Kantner scores was set by Nic Somodi’s interception. The second capped a six-play, 90-yard drive.
“We knew that it would be a challenge,” Lakota coach Troy Albright said of trying to cover the 6-foot-4 Keller and 6-foot-3 Kantner. “D-coordinators are going to have to make a choice and we had to make a choice.
“You have to decide if you’re going to let them go ahead and throw the ball and take your chances with single coverage or you roll some extra coverage back there and let Fabrizio run on you,” he said. “It’s sort of a pick-your-poison deal.”
“That connection between our receivers and our quarterback is growing each week,” Fox said. “With a new quarterback, they’re starting to develop some continuity and it’s helping both parts of our offense, the run game and the pass game.
Nick Krajewski recovered a fumble to set up Zach Conn’s 2-yard TD slam for a 49-0 lead. Then, after Xavier Ardner recovered a fumble on the kickoff, Drew Ronski banged a 34-yard field goal.
Lakota got on the board when Tyler Gable tossed a 35-yard TD pass to Lucas Streacker and Calvert’s Austin Jones closed the scoring with a 33-yard run.
Lakota running back Andrew Koerper, who ran for school records of 385 yards and eight touchdowns in a win over Cardinal Stritch last week, had 104 yards on 30 carries Friday.
“It was clear they wanted to eliminate Koerper from our gameplan,” Albright said. “We know moving forward that’s what teams are going to do, so it’s time for other kids to step up. That’s the message we’re pushing.”
“We wanted to make him work for his yardage and I think we did that with good, solid team defense,” Fox said of Koerper. “We put together a good game on both sides but we can’t let up because we’ve got an unbeaten Gibsonburg team coming up next.”