Senecas hope to turn strong week of practice into a win

Calvert has a tough game tonight, and its coach knows it.

The Senecas host Danville, a state semifinalist from a season ago. The Blue Devils ended up going 14-2.

The Senecas and Blue Devils have some things in common. They are both traditionally strong programs, and they have each made seven consecutive playoff appearances.

And the Blue Devils are coming off a 22-0 loss to Lucas in Week 1, so it will be looking to avoid an 0-2 start.

“Danville is a really tough opponent,” Calvert coach Steve Reser said. “They lost a lot of that production (from last season), but at the same time they have some nice size, they have some good athletes. These young men on this team know how to win.”

Calvert’s players showed last week they did, too, knocking off Monroeville in the season opener, 59-27. The win also came in Reser’s Calvert coaching debut.

Reser said the Senecas followed the win with a strong week of preparation for tonight’s contest.

“The week of practice, to be honest, has been outstanding,” the coach said. “Last week, (it wasn’t) a bad week, but we still hadn’t played a game, still that long time out of camp. I think it also helped last week, after we played a game, now that they see how the flow of the game is gonna work with the new staff, and those young men in new positions as well. So, I think this week it showed in practice. I don’t know if they were at ease, but they were just more comfortable.”

The Blue Devils will try to change that, behind their quarterback Dalton David and receiver Langdon Johnson, and a number of different looks offensively.

“Offensively, they do quite a bit,” Reser said. “They go from wide open five receiver sets with the quarterback in shotgun to double tight, double wing, one-back. So, they run a lot of formations. One of our goals this week is to make sure defensively that we’re aligned properly before the snap, just so we don’t get beat by alignment.”

Reser said he’s hoping the Senecas’ offense can get going right off the bat. But if it doesn’t he said Calvert needs to be patient, no matter what happens early on.

“Obviously we want to score quick, but does that mean we’re gonna come out and throw verticals four times? No,” Reser said. “We’re gonna try to put a good offensive drive together the first time we have the ball, and put it in the end zone for six points. Hopefully that works out. I think the young men have worked hard to do that this week. I feel we’ve gotten better. And hopefully that shows (tonight) on the field.”

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.